If this is not about taxes and fees, it about "Because SCARY!"
CFAA was a response to Wargames.
DHS and a bit of incoherent word salad inflatable-tubeman-arm-waving seems likely to be in response to...
Now that the IoT is a reality, with computerized self driving big-rigs and cars on the way too, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING to prevent the wholesale slaughter of humans in preparation of the alien colonization of earth!
It is all very reasonable and sensible if you ask me.
“In my experience, there is no way to compromise these election systems,” said Ronald McDonald, head of Westmoreland County's computer burger department. "I Have been given every assurance from The Hamburgler that there is no way!"
The fibers, purchasing a hack of doofus's work phone seems more like a crappy divorce settlement. They paid a ton, although not to a lawyer this time, and still didn't get to keep the house, the kids, the dog, or the cash...