Federal court questions whether using a bug to beat a video poker machine is hacking


A federal court is questioning whether taking advantage of a computer bug is considered hacking under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), reports Wired. The CFAA has long been used by the federal government to target a broad scope of computer-related incidents, even though it was intended to target hacking. The law has seen a renewed criticism for its wide usage after the death of Aaron Swartz, who was being prosecuted under the act, and now a court is trying to determine whether the law’s scope has narrowed in light of a separate case that was recently decided.

A ruling last month determined that under the CFAA an employee is not considered to have exceeded legal access to a computer if they violate an employer’s computer…

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