This is something I have been thinking about for a while. For the non techies here who are not aware what dedicated denial of service (DDoS) is, it is essentially making a number of requests on a single webpage. The theory is that you eventually overwhelm the server that runs the webpage, causing it to be unavailable for anyone. While this is obviously inconvenient, and does cause monetary loss if the page targeted is a commerce site, it does not involve getting any information from the targeted site, and does not even gain unauthorized access to the computer. all it does is deny other people access to said site. Courts in Germany have actually ruled that a politically motivated DDoS attack is protected speech. Now a defendant in CA is making the same argument here. Lawyer For Accused: DDoS Is A Legal Form Of Protest | Techdirt I think he actually has a point. Either that, or Obama is guilty of a felony when he orders DDoS attacks on congressional switchboards.