"The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is the omnibus federal computer crime statute outlawing theft and destruction of data, hacking, use of viruses, theft of passwords and extortionate threats to damage computers. 18 U.S.C. 1030. Any business or individual “who suffers damage or loss by reason of a violation of the” CFAA is entitled to sue for “compensatory damages and injunctive relief.” However, for there to be subject matter jurisdiction over most CFAA civil suits, the plaintiff must prove that the violation caused “loss to 1 or more persons during any 1-year period...aggregating at least $5,000 in value.”§ 1030(c)(4)(A)(i)(I)."
Continue reading Dorsey Partner Nick Akerman's, Dismissal of CFAA Claims for Lack of Jurisdiction, as it appears in The National Law Journal (July 2010)