June 3, 2021

New SCOTUS ruling limiting the scope of the CFAA.

New SCOTUS ruling limiting the scope of the CFAA.



In short, this reduces the “unauthorized access” part of the CFAA to privilege escalation rather than mere misuse of resources given to the authorized user.

In this case, a police officer used their license plate lookup capability in exchange for money. The Supreme Court held that this was not a violation of the CFAA.

This dramatically reduces the scope of the CFAA, which may help security researchers, but make it harder to prosecute some people who abuse their access.

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