Man Convicted of Federal Hacking Charges Despite Lack of Hacking

Abuse of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


Culminating a two-week trial in which no hacking in the traditional sense occurred, a California man was convicted Wednesday under the same hacking statute internet sensation Aaron Swartz was accused of before he committed suicide in January.

Defendant David Nosal was convicted by a San Francisco federal jury on all six charges ranging from theft of trade secrets to hacking, despite him never breaking into a computer. Nosal remains free pending sentencing later this year, when he faces a potential lengthy prison term.

Nosal, a middle-aged man wearing a dark suit, sat stone faced as a clerk read "guilty" on all counts. Jurors deliberated for little more than two days.

After U.S. District Judge Edward Chen dismissed the 12-member jury, Nosal's defense team demanded a hearing to urge the judge to set aside the verdict. A hearing was set for later this year.