The Obama administration, currently engaged in a war of words with North Korea over the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is calling on Congress to increase prison sentences for hackers and to expand the definition of hacking.
During next week’s State of the Union address, the president is set to publicly urge increased prison time and other changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act—the statute that was used to prosecute Internet activist Aaron Swartz before he committed suicide in 2013.

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At issue is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), passed in 1984 to bolster the government’s ability to nab hackers who destroy or disrupt computer functionality or who steal information.
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