Throughout the year of 2014, many data breaches of big-name companies such as JPMorgan, Home Depot, Target, AT&T, Sony, ect (list of all websites here) have had very sensitive information stolen from them by "hackers". Many people entrust these multi- million/billion dollar companies to be able to safely secure there personal information inside databases; but that is not the case. The government is trying to establish more sound cyber security, but are there laws really helping us? President Obama has proposed cyber security plans and CFAA amendments, that could classify YOU as a hacker. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has extended the maximum penalty for computer crime violations from 10 to 20 years. So, lets say that a security researcher finds exploits in a smartphone. Finding an exploit would be considered breaking the law. By scaring researches away from finding exploits, how exactly are we improving cyber security? Also, the new laws would deem you a felon for sharing your HBO GO or netflix account passwords to other family members. These new proposed cyber security plans could really reak havoc for the every day computer user not just a programmer/ computer geek. Please read the article listed here that goes in to much much much more detail about the new policies.
Once again, the government is trying to create/sneak new cyber security laws. After failing last year with CISPA, which was widely shut down by the internet itself (I personally signed petition), they are at it again. Ignoring these new proposals could have a large effect on you, so keep updated with it! Cyber security should be improved, but I do not think the government has the right to apply all of there thoughts.