Extraterritorial Application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

William K. Kane and Melissa M. Mikhail of SheppardMullin write:

A brazen and sophisticated computer intrusion into the records of over 145 million Americans launched from computer hackers based in China led to recent criminal prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. [1Courts are willing to extend American law beyond U.S. boundaries often when criminal misconduct takes place overseas that injures Americans.

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