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Extraterritorial Application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Intangible assets today make up nearly 84% of enterprise value for companies listed on the S&P 500. This material growth in intellectual property as an asset on U.S. company balance sheets has placed increased demands on the office of General Counsel. Protecting intangible assets against computer theft and pursuing litigation against wrongdoers has become a major and timely concern, especially in the context of an increasingly virtual world due to the global pandemic. A recent brazen and sophisticated computer intrusion into the records of over 145 million Americans launched from computer hackers based in China led to criminal prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

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