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Narrow definition of unauthorized access allowed in CFAA cases

The 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was intended to fight hacking. However, the law was passed in a time long before today's understanding of computers or the advent of the internet as we know it today. The U.S. Supreme Court recently had a chance to consider whether the CFAA was still adequate by hearing two cases decided by the Ninth Circuit. Unfortunately, the justices turned the cases away and left in place what may be far too narrow a definition of "unauthorized access."

Pyramid schemes, investment clubs and multi-level marketing: A breakdown

A great business idea could make you a lot of money, but there are some schemes that eventually draw the attention of state and federal authorities. Financial fraud takes many forms, and here are a few basic ones of the pyramid variety.

Lots of media play as oil-realm securities fraud case kicks off

Of course, not every big-time media story relating to money intrigues in the oil industry will garner the interest of a Texas reader from Houston or elsewhere simply because oil-related energy companies and related subject matters play a big role in the state.

Tax evasion spotlight a strong glare in Credit Suisse matter

Even prior to the strong glare emitted in connection with the recent arrival of an ex-Credit Suisse banker in the United States who says she is fully willing to cooperate with U.S. authorities in a major tax evasion matter, some people were undoubtedly perspiring.

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