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You are committing a crime right now

Posted on November 21st, 2012 at 14:18 by Desiato in category: News -- Write a comment


Are you reading this blog? If so, you are committing a crime under 18 USC 1030(a) (better known as the “Computer Fraud & Abuse Act” or “CFAA”). That’s because I did not explicitly authorize you to access this site, but you accessed it anyway. Your screen has a resolution of 1920×1200. I know this, because (with malice aforethought) I clearly violated 18 USC 1030(a)(5)(A) by knowingly causing the transmission of JavaScript code to your browser to discover this information.

(For those who haven’t followed it, this is in the context of the conviction of the guy who “hacked” AT&T’s servers to access publicly accessible but not-meant-to-be-public records.)

(And of course you should be wary of proof-by-analogy; it’s easy to provide analogies that will argue the opposite conclusion.)

  1. …and me in my bathrobe!

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