Computer Fraud & Abuse Litigation in California

(261 Ratings)

Produced on: April 05, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

The term “hacking” has become commonplace as the world becomes increasingly connected through and reliant on computers, email, cell phones, and cloud services. In some instances, “hacking” is actionable, in addition to other behavior that involves unauthorized access of a computer system. As the nation’s tech incubator, California is also a leader in litigation involving computer fraud and abuse. California Penal Code section 502 is California’s rendition of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and both laws have civil and criminal applications.

What sort of behavior is actionable under these laws? How is the case law evolving? What are the key differences between California’s law and the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? What are the practical realities of litigating these kinds of cases? In this course, you will learn all about this cutting-edge area of law. The presenter, Katy Young, is a founding partner of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP, a litigation shop focused on business, employment, and real estate litigation. She has been handling computer fraud cases since 2013.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the contours of California Penal Code section 502, including how it overlaps with and differs from the federal CFAA
  2. Identify the kinds of hacking and other behaviors that are actionable under the CFAA
  3. Analyze a potential case under this code and assess best practices for pursuing litigation


Katy M. Young

Ad Astra Law Group, LLP

Katy M. Young is a Partner at Ad Astra Law Group, LLP in San Francisco. Her focus is on business and commercial litigation, including partnership disputes, breach of contract, computer fraud and abuse litigation, financial services litigation, real estate, construction defect, business torts, professional negligence, and collections. She also handles selected business transactions, including drafting and interpreting contracts, licensing agreements, leases, and trademarks.

Ms. Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Social Science and Pre-Law from University of the Pacific in 2004. She attended the university on an athletic and academic scholarship and held several distinguished research assistant positions. Ms. Young graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2009. She was a member of the law review and the moot court program as well as a tutor and mentor. The law review published her comment article Georgia is a Peach for Insured’s Right to Diminished Value at 42 U.S.F. L. Rev. 417 (2008). She received honors for best oral argument in the moot court program and top honors in legal research and writing. Ms. Young spent her last semester of law school working as a judicial extern for Chief Magistrate Judge James Larson in the Northern District of California.  She also spent a summer working for the California State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel which prosecutes attorneys charged with ethical violations.

Ms. Young is a member of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, the Berkeley Rotary Club, ProVisors San Francisco IX,  the USF Women Lawyers Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.


Richard A.

Very knowledgeable speaker who presented the information very clearly.

Gerald C.


Paul K.

Excellent speaker! Very informative.

Dave D.


Erin H.

Well organized and engaging - perfect amount of substantive info for an hour long program.


Hackers have it great Law cannot keep up with new technology

Robert W.

I enjoyed the speakers enthusiasm for and competence in her subject matter,

Frederick K.

A very interesting and helpful program.

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