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Porn Leads To Conviction Under ‘Hacker Law’

Porn Leads To Conviction Under ‘Hacker Law’

Did you know that by looking online for an “adult friend” and uploading nude pictures of yourself while at work, you could be convicted using the same law that was designed for prosecuting malicious hackers?

Talk about a tale of woe: Richard Wolf, a lonely guy looking for love in all the wrong places, used his work computer to visit the Adult Friend Finder website and upload personal nudes to prospective “friends.”

I’ve read through the commentary from the Wired article “Court Upholds Hacking Conviction of Man for Uploading Porn Pics from Work Computer,” and the appellate court’s upholding (PDF) of Wolf’s conviction of Richard. In my opinion, what appears to have been a normal violation of acceptable usage policies that should have been handled by the HR department quickly devolved, leading to a questionable use of state laws based on the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when law enforcement was involved instead.

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