New ACLU lawsuit takes on the internet’s most hated hacking law. From The Verge. For decades, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been one of America’s dangerous laws for anyone doing “unauthorized” things with a computer. Used to prosecute Aaron Swartz, Sergey Alenikov, and jailbreaker George Hotz, the law has long been criticized as a blank check for prosecutors. Under the law’s current interpretation, anyone breaking a website’s terms of service to collect information is guilty of a federal crime.