Have you or a friend ever shared your password for your Netflix, HBO Go, or other streaming platform? A federal court has ruled that doing that is a federal offense.
According to WCMH, a federal court in California issued the opinion during the case United States v. Nosal, which is a case where a former-employee of a business was using a password of another staff member who was still with the company to download information and use at his new job.
In 2008, Nosal was charged with hacking under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA.
Through the court’s ruling, the decision technically means Americans are violating the CFAA whenever they share Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go or any other account’s password without the authorization of the service provider.
According to the 67-page opinion, dissenting Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote that the case is less about (continue reading at WSMV)