DEFCON 17: Computer and Internet Security Law – A Year in Review 2008 – 2009

Speaker: Robert Clark Attorney This presentation reviews the important prosecutions, precedents and legal opinions of the last year that affect internet and computer security. We will discuss the differences between legal decisions from criminal cases and civil lawsuits and what that means to the security professional. This presentation is strongly audience driven and it quickly becomes an open forum for questions and debate. This year the past key precedents have involved: the Fifth Amendment and passphrases to an encrypted hard drive (UPDATE- the case is in and Government wins appeal. The Defendant MUST produce an unencrypted hard drive to the grand jury!!!); Fourth Amendment searches; Pirate Bay prosecution in Sweden; use of CFAA in civil cases against departing employees and trade secrets; forensics and use of metadata; FTC injunction against CyberSpy software and its RemoteSpy; reverse engineering; Facebook and privacy rights; and, a case of forensics to support a default judgment (no actual trial) against a party that used several file deletion programs to hide and delete evidence. For more information visit: To download the video visit:

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