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H.R. 1607: HACT Act

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You still couldn’t sue the 1970s teenagers who used toy whistles to hack phone companies and make free long-distance calls.


An Ethiopian-born American citizen living in Maryland, named in court by the pseudonym Kidane, saw his computer allegedly hacked by the Ethiopian government which spied on him for at least several months. In an unprecedented legal case, the District Columbia Court of Appeals ruled in 2017’s Kidane v. Ethiopia that he could not sue the Ethiopian government in U.S. court, because the action didn’t occur entirely in the U.S.

“Ethiopia’s placement of the FinSpy virus on Kidane’s computer, although completed in the United States when Kidane opened the infected email attachment, began outside the United States,” Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote for the majority opinion. “It …

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Colin Allred

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 32nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 8, 2021

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66 Cosponsors (35 Democrats, 31 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 8, 2021

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