Founder Charged with Violating U.S. Computer Fraud Act

December 28, 2021 – London, UK, Founder Rene Muijrers, a citizen of Belgium and the Netherlands, is scheduled to go to court in U.S. Federal Court to fight claims he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 while operating This well-known citizen journalism website is now closed. Case 2:21-cv-20054 filed in November by a U.S financial firm against defendants Rene Muijrers, Icon sprl the Belgium corporation that owned, and its U.S. hosting partner Techie Hosting, Inc. will be determined by a Judge in the Federal District Court of New Jersey. The complaint describes as “a free video-hosting website launched in 2006” which “features videos of breaking news contributed by citizen journalists.”

The U.S. firm alleges Muijrers violated the law when on May 5, 2021, he “intentionally, recklessly and without authorization” took data and the property of users, which was then “recklessly transferred to” which the complaint alleges was a new competing site to that Muijrers secretly developed while being paid a full-time salary for managing The complaint further alleges that not only did Muijrers’ actions violate’s terms and conditions and privacy policy but that he “continues to misuse and alter user data” in order to promote Defendant Muijrers’ new website The U.S. company bringing the lawsuit claims tens of millions of users have been harmed because of Muijrers actions. Muijrers is also being accused of “hijacking Plaintiff’s website to promote”  using false pretences, which the complaint alleges violates the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-1, which prohibits any unconscionable commercial practise, deception, fraud, false pretence, false promise, misrepresentation, or the knowing, concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact with the intent that others rely upon such concealment, suppression or omission, in connection with the sale or advertisement of any merchandise. A decision in the Federal case is expected to be rendered sometime in 2022.

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