Who Cyber-Attacked Ken Zeran, and Why?

4 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2017 Last revised: 3 May 2018

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: November 10, 2017


In 1995, Ken Zeran was the victim of a vicious and anonymous online impersonation attack on America Online (AOL). The Fourth Circuit held that 47 USC 230 precluded Zeran's lawsuit against AOL -- a ruling that has emerged as one of the most important Internet Law rulings of all time. By mining Ken Zeran's deposition transcription, this essay explores one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in Internet law: who attacked Ken Zeran, and why?

Keywords: kenneth zeran, zeran v america online, section 230, 47 usc 230, cda, communications decency act, cyber-harassment, online impersonation, e-personation, cyber-attack

JEL Classification: K13, K42

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, Who Cyber-Attacked Ken Zeran, and Why? (November 10, 2017). Law.com, 2017, Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 2017-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079234

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