Disgruntled employees beware. Erasing files on your company laptop as you leave the firm could trigger expensive civil liability under a federal anti-hacker law, according to a recent 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

Since 1984, Congress has expanded the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — which was originally intended to punish hackers who break into computer networks or send computer viruses — giving employers new civil remedies.

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