Thought-Leadership Spotlight: Cooley on Computer Fraud and Abuse
By Ronald J. Coleman
Cooley put out a piece in June 2021 entitled “US Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in Van Buren”. Episode 2 speaker Travis LeBlanc is one of the related contacts. The piece states, among other things:
“The Van Buren decision appears particularly favorable to cybersecurity researchers, whose work often involves accessing computer systems in ways that violate terms of service or other policies. For instance, a researcher might send automated requests to a website or computer network for the purpose of detecting security vulnerabilities. Many websites publish terms of service that forbid all types of automated requests, even if those requests are limited to public URLs and cause no damage on their own. Many white-hat researchers have thus been deterred by the threat of criminal prosecution under the CFAA for exceeding authorized access.”
Read the full piece here.