May 152014
 
 May 15, 2014  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Tim Cushing reports:

Indispensable organization Privacy International has filed a legal challenge against GCHQ’s hacking of computers and devices, seeking to use the UK government’s own Computer Misuse Act against its national security agency.

Much like the (frequently maligned) CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) here in the US, the CMA prohibits unauthorized access of computers as well as knowingly impairing computers and devices with malicious software. Privacy International argues that GCHQ (in conjunction with the NSA in many cases) has done both — multiple times.

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