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Password Trafficking

Typically, passwords for computer access or online accounts are restricted to individuals. Since computer hackers often need to obtain them in order to enter systems without being detected, the law targets the illegal acquisition, sharing, or dealing in passwords. Two conditions trigger an offense:

  • The trafficking must affect interstate or foreign commerce
  • The computer is used by or for the U.S. Government

Minimum penalties may include fines, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.

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