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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 was intended to reduce cracking of computer systems and to address federal computer-related offenses. The Act was approved by the U.S. Congress, signed by the President and is now codified as 18 U.S.C. § 1030. It governs cases that implicate a compelling federal interest, where U.S. government computers, or those of certain financial institutions are involved, where the crime itself is interstate in nature, or where computers are used in interstate and foreign commerce. The Act has been amended a number of times—in 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, in 2001 by the USA PATRIOT Act, 2002, and in 2008 by the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act. Subsection of the Act makes it a crime not only to commit an offense under the Act, but also to conspire to do so. (via Freebase)