On May 19, 2022, the Department of Justice announced it would not charge good-faith hackers who expose weaknesses in computer systems with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA or Act), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. Congress enacted the CFAA in 1986 to promote computer privacy and cybersecurity and amended the Act several times, most
Linda M. Ricci focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, including matters related to corporate compliance and internal investigations, government investigations, money laundering violations, criminal tax offenses, forfeiture, wire fraud, securities fraud, theft of public funds, obstruction of justice, insider trading, and health care fraud.
Linda draws from more than 15 years of experience working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, where she served as Chief of the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit and was a member of the Economic Crimes Unit. During her tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she represented the United States in all aspects of prosecution, including jury trials, detention hearings, evidentiary hearings, change-of-plea hearings, sentencing hearings, and grand jury proceedings, and she helped develop enforcement strategies and policy guidance in the District of Massachusetts and the New England region. Linda served as the lead prosecutor for several complex international cases resulting in the extradition and prosecution of many foreign nationals on money laundering and drug trafficking charges. She also oversaw the office's criminal narcotics and money laundering investigations focused on the disruption and dismantling of multi-jurisdictional and international drug trafficking organizations and money laundering organizations. She has worked with a large number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, as well as numerous state and local agencies.