Question: Write a short note on CFAA.

Subject: Digital Forensics

Topic: Bodies of law

Difficulty: High

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modified 11 months ago by gravatar for dukare030296hemant dukare030296hemant60 written 13 months ago by gravatar for nisha.vanjari nisha.vanjari0

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a United States cyber security bill that was enacted in 1986 as an amendment to existing computer fraud law which had been included in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984. The law prohibits accessing a computer without authorization, or in excess of authorization.

The original 1984 bill was enacted in response to concern that computer-related crimes might go unpunished. The House Committee Report to the original computer crime bill characterized the 1983 techno-thriller film War Games—in which a young Matthew Broderick breaks into a U.S. military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war and unwittingly almost starts World War III—as “a realistic representation of the automatic dialing and access capabilities of the personal computer.”

The CFAA was written to increase the scope while, in theory, limiting federal jurisdiction to cases "with a compelling federal interest-i.e., where computers of the federal government or certain financial institutions are involved or where the crime itself is interstate in nature." (see "Protected Computer", below). In addition to amending a number of the provisions, the CFAA also criminalized additional computer-related acts. Provisions addressed the distribution of malicious code and denial of service attacks. Congress also included in the CFAA a provision criminalizing trafficking in passwords and similar items.

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