WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is looking to change a computer crime law that critics have long maligned as overly broad.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department is looking to change a computer crime law that critics have long maligned as overly broad.

The government's proposal comes amid a series of court decisions that have interpreted the statute in ways that prosecutors don't like.

The 1986 law, known as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, was intended to punish hackers. But the government has had difficulty applying it to company insiders who have permission to access a computer, but then abuse that right.

The concerns aren't new, but they've attracted attention this year after President Barack Obama suggested changes to the law as part of a broader cybersecurity package.

The Senate is expected to take up cybersecurity measures soon, but it's not clear if lawmakers will address the problem.