Jonathan Blavin Discusses Computer Fraud and Abuse Act on MSNBC

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Jonathan H. Blavin was interviewed on MSNBC on June 11, 2017 on how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) might be applied in the investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The segment focused on the investigation and the possible violation of computer and technology laws in addition to campaign and election laws.

Mr. Blavin addressed how the hack of Democratic National Committee computer servers by suspected Russian hackers would violate the CFAA and could implicate more people than the individuals who committed the hack.

“It’s a pretty clear cut application of the statute,” Mr. Blavin said. “The CFAA, like other federal criminal statutes, would apply to those who aided, assisted, supported, encouraged or were part of a conspiracy to engage in the underlying offense.”

Mr. Blavin is a litigator whose practice focuses on high-technology intellectual property disputes, Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the CFAA, among others.