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The suicide last month of coder and internet activist Aaron Swartz prompted an outcry about the manner in which a U.S. attorney used anti-hacking legislation to launch a heavy-handed prosecution for what many considered a minor infraction.
Federal prosecutors in Boston defended their actions, saying they were only upholding the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, under which Swartz was charged.
But two lawmakers are proposing long-overdue changes to the law that would help prevent prosecutors from overreaching in their use of the law, as has occurred in a number of cases in recent years.
The amendments, referred to as Aaron’s Law by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), exclude breaches of terms of service and user agreements from the law and also limits the scope of the definition of unauthorized access to make a clear distinction between criminal hacking activity and simply acts that exceed authorized access on a minor level.
Originally posted by YouAreLiedTo
Sad thing is, the people passing these laws wouldn't know what a SQL injection, forced packet, etc is if slapped them in the face, so to speak.
The thought that "electronic" crime could carry more time than harming another human being is absurd.
I am a believer in no Internet hacking laws at all, but I will support this as a starting point.
There are other ways to share confidential info, people are just too lazy to explore all the avenues.
Originally posted by TsukiLunar
Hackers are criminals.