I’ve become well known as an advocate for changing certain computer laws – especially the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or “CFAA.” This act was codified as 18 USC 1030 in 1984. Believe it or not, this was, in part, a reaction to the movie “War Games.” In 1984, there were few places one could visit on the Internet. One would have to place their phone into their modem and specifically seek out that network. In 1991, http protocol was established. Now one can use wifi and a browser and go anywhere anytime. You don’t have to dial up DARPA or MIT and request access to their system. Yet that law remains on the books – largely unchanged. That’s a horse and buggy law for a race car society. It is grotesquely outdated.
The New York Times did an article that centers on my client, Matthew Keys, who formerly worked in the social media department or Reuters.
It is a good article, well worth the read. here’s a small quote mentioning me: Jay Leiderman, a criminal defense lawyer in Ventura, Calif., [is] known for representing computer hackers affiliated with Anonymous…
“Anyone horrified by the amount of jail time” Mr. Keys faced should join in calling for Congressional reform of the computer fraud act, Trevor Timm, an advocate and blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that supports an open Internet, wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.