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Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Should you worry?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) was originally designed to protect the sort of sensitive personal information that's stored in a lot of databases, especially those used by the government or financial institutions.

Deceptive articles offering stock advice targeted by government

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is one law enforcement agency you do not want investigating you. When they do, you can bet that they're going to put plenty of time, effort and money into the case.

The difference between soft and hard insurance fraud

A lot of people think that insurance fraud, especially when it is only for a few thousand dollars, is really just a "victimless" crime -- mostly because they don't consider the insurance company in the same way they do an individual.

Hactivism may have good intentions but it's still illegal

Activists who wanted to make a point or have an effect on society used to have to take to the streets in public protest or haunt congressional floors -- now they often sit behind computers and look for ways to stop corruption by exposing the secrets hidden inside personal, corporate and governmental computers.

Can a judge reject the plea deal you made with the prosecution?

Many people who are faced with the possibility of a lengthy trial, a longer incarceration and the loss of their personal and professional reputation as details of their activities become public knowledge, choose to accept a plea deal rather than take their case to trial. It's important to understand, however, that plea deals aren't always honored by the judge.

Pump and dump scams can catch even the experienced up in the hype

Penny stocks are a great way for beginning investors to practice trading without risking more than a few dollars—and, if you're lucky, some of the investments might even be profitable in the long run.

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