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Latest News Wires How a 'hopelessly out of date' law makes you a computer criminal

A 26-year-old law says that any unauthorized access into a protected network or computer — like your access to this website — is a federal crime with longer prison sentences than most violent crimes.

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In 1970, a 14-year-old boy dialed into a nationwide computer network, uploaded a virus he had written and caused the entire network to crash.