(Business Insider) -Updating your status or adding to your shopping cart on Amazon at work isn’t just a violation of company policy.

 It might also be against federal law, according to a new paper by two Boston College professors.

“For the past decade or so, courts have disagreed over the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” Stephanie Green and Christine Neylon O’Brien wrote in their paper. “Some courts have found that an employee who violates a workplace policy, breaches a contract, or breaches a duty of loyalty to his employer may be both civilly and criminally liable under this Act.”

The law was passed in 1986 as a way to fight hackers targeting government computers. The law came on the heels of paranoia spurred in part by the Matthew Broderick movie War Games.

However, the act makes it illegal to knowingly exceed any authorized use of a…

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