‘Hacker’ convicted by US court despite never hacking

Matt Brian has an interesting take on the conviction of David Nosal, which I reported yesterday on this blog:

After more than a year of bouncing between appeals courts, the hacking case involving David Nosal has ended with a conviction. Wired reports that Nosal was yesterday found guilty of conspiracy, stealing trade secrets, and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the US — despite the fact he hadn’t personally accessed anyone else’s computer. While Nosal will seek to appeal the decision ahead of sentencing later this year, it’s a high-profile win for the US attorney’s office.

Read more on The Verge.

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  1. IA Eng - April 26, 2013

    he used to work at the firm where he coaxed people into getting information for him, which included payments? Sounds like bribes and intiating fraud and abuse to me.

    He is guilty as sin. If he PAYS someone to get information for him to start up a competitive business, which includes getting the old company’s trade secrets, he was the instigator in this case.

    Glad to see that no matter whether you touch a keyboard in an act to commit fraud, if you are part of the chain that breaks the trust, you can stand stand in front of the judge and be charged.

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