Many people’s go to image for a hacker is some young, hoodie wearing Anonymous collective member who is just as happy cracking your credit card as he is trolling ISIS with LGTBQ postings. Believe it or not, per the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 the odds are good that you fall under the official definition of a “hacker.” Ever share a password for Spotify, Hulu, Disney+ or Netflix? Hacker! Ever lie on a dating app profile? Hacker! Ever stumble across a bug in a program and want to notify the software publisher of their mistake? Hacker! This ruling could have huge implications and most importantly drag a law drafted in 1986 into the here and now.
The court’s decision could fundamentally change how millions use their computers and access online services.