We all know that the leaders of the personal computer revolution were criminals. From Bill Gates hacking his school computer so he would mostly have female classmates to Steve Jobs’ first business being selling blue boxes that hacked AT&T’s phone network for free long distance calls. But this current crop of technologists are truly rotten apples, violating one of countries most important (/ridiculous) laws – the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame violated CFAA by hacking into Harvard’s network. Aaron Swartz of reddit fame violated CFAA by downloading too many free academic articles and now Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, has admitted to being a ruthless criminal who endangers us all.
In an interview with 60 Minutes Mr. Dorsey admitted that he brazenly violated CFAA and is therefore, according to the United States Government, a greater threat to America than Al-Qaeda. Nothing is more dangerous than someone using a computer in ways older people who write and enforce laws don’t understand, nothing.
JACK DORSEY: I found a way into the website, I found a security hole. And –
LARA LOGAN: Is that the same thing as hacking?
JACK DORSEY: It’s uh, yes.
Bad move Jack.
You just admitted to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That warrants a 30 year jail sentence according to prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Steve Heymann. And yes, once is enough, as Andrew “Weev” Aurenheimer just got a nice 3 year sentence for scraping an unprotected website can surely tell you. Zero tolerance. So get prepared to grab ankles Jack, you’re going to jail.
Unless, oh, you got money? Corporate America and their flunkies at the Justice Department like you?
Ahhh, never mind, you’re good. I didn’t realize you had money and connections – the law doesn’t apply to you. Laws are just for people the rich don’t like. Good luck everything is going to be fine.