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Dealing with computer abuse and fraud in a Georgia business

Technological advances in recent years mean that nearly every business in Georgia relies on computers as a vital component of their day-to-day operations. Employees are given varying levels of access, depending on their job duties and need to know. It stands to reason that ensuring that a company's computer system remains secure is crucial. However, as large corporations like Target have discovered, abuse and fraud are not always easy to prevent and can cause substantial financial losses.

If a company's computer system is breached, it is possible to seek damages under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Historically, the act was used to sanction individuals and companies who illegally accessed the computers of financial institutions, government agencies and any institution that affects interstate commerce. Until recently, private businesses and individuals were not eligible to file suit under the act, but courts have handed down decisions that expanded its use to these groups. Therefore, the CFAA can be used to civilly and criminally combat unauthorized usage.

When your business' computer system is accessed illegally from the outside, you could lose vital trade secrets and other intellectual property. Sometimes, the intrusion comes from within the company. In either case, your company's business could suffer irreparable damage, which means a loss in income.

Under the CFAA, it does not matter whether the fraud or abuse came from inside or outside the company. A Georgia business owner could receive both monetary and non-monetary damages in a successful claim, based on the provisions of the CFAA. An attorney experienced with the act and technology law could review your case and give you viable options on how best to proceed.

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