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Breaking: The Douglass Mackey Motion for a Bill of Particulars

Donate to Douglass Mackey’s Legal Defense Fund here: https://givesendgo.com/douglassmackey This case is a direct threat to free speech on the Internet. No matter what your political persuasion, you should be concerned that the Government is attempting to criminally censor speech on the internet through a partisan prosecution that lacks any basis in law or fact. Normally we don’t file a

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CFAA 2021 Year in review
Computer Law
Tor Ekeland

2021 CFAA Year in Review

In 2021 the United States Supreme Court finally considered what constitutes unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It put a bullet in the head of the terms of service theory of unauthorized access. United States v. Van Buren involved a similar fact pattern as the Second Circuit’s “cannibal cop” CFAA unauthorized access case United States v. Valle.

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The Cybersecurity 202: A fight in Missouri shows the damage of overbroad hacking laws

Tor was interviewed by the Washington Post as part of their Cybersecurity 202 column. “The governor’s office is trying to divert attention from the fact they left people’s Social Security numbers exposed and they’re criminalizing good reporting,” Tor Ekeland, an attorney who specializes in defending people accused of computer crimes, told me.  Washington Post, Cyber Security 202 Read the article here!

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The Washington Post – The Cybersecurity 202: There’s finally a Supreme Court battle coming over the nation’s main hacking law

“Computer researchers are constantly afraid that a security test they run is going to run them afoul of the law,” Tor Ekeland, an attorney who specializes in defending people accused of violating the CFAA, told me. “This law makes the Internet less safe because it chills legitimate information security research and it’s bad for the economy because it chills innovation.”

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The CFAA will soon have its day before the Supreme Court – CYBERSCOOP

“This law was written before the internet became what it is,” defense attorney Tor Ekeland, an outspoken CFAA critic who represented Keys said during a recent interview. “The other big issue is the draconian sentences that these statutes allow. It’s disproportionate to the actual harm influence in, I think, every case I’ve ever worked on.” Tor Ekeland in Cyberscoop article

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What’s Up with WhatsApp: Thoughts on the NSO CFAA Complaint

I’ve been getting a lot of calls asking me what I think about the civil Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) lawsuit WhatsApp just filed in the Northern District of California against NSO. Below this post are links to my comments in the press. Here’s the complaint: I’m going to elaborate a little more on the complaint because it’s a

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Room 3420 and the Birth of the Internet

The internet turns 50 today. At 10:30pm PT on October 29, 1969 in room 3420 at UCLA the first networked digital data transmission was sent to a computer, 350 miles away, at Stanford University. The computer operator at Stanford replied, and the computer operator in Room 3420 gained access to the computer at Stanford. Prior to this communication between computers

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The Julian Assange Indictment

I’m getting asked a lot of questions about the Assange indictment because it involves the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. And extradition. Two things we’ve got some experience with through representing Lauri Love and others.

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Interview with Futurism.com “Computer Fraud Laws are Flawed, this Lawyer is Fighting Against Them”

Futurism just released an interview with Tor Ekeland. Check it out: Tor Ekeland, hacker lawyer, fights back against the harsh punishments decreed using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. And one of those fights can be seen in “Trust Machine,” available now at Breaker.io. Futurism interview description You can find it on futurism.com https://futurism.com/videos/computer-fraud-laws-flawed YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1SErcUkxMw and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/futurism/videos/2293723320915384/UzpfSTMzMzk0MjY4NjYyNDI0MzoyNTA1MDU4MjU2MTc5MzMx/

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