Cyber and Computer Crimes
As new technology advances, criminals find more areas to exploit. The areas of law dealing with computer and cyber crimes are relatively new and are continuously evolving. Cyber crime is a broadly defined term that blankets any criminal activity using the Internet or networking technology.
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Cyber Crime Defined
Generally speaking, any crime involving a computer could be prosecuted as a cyber crime.
Some cyber crimes can be very minor, such as stealing wireless Internet access from an unsecured network. Other cyber crimes can be far more serious, such as hacking into other computers and networks to access proprietary information or personal data to commit identity theft.
Other crimes may be classified as cyber crimes, or be charged in conjunction with cyber crime, when an offender uses the Internet to commit crimes, such as fraud or child pornography.
Cyber Crime Laws
State cyber crime statues vary considerably, depending on how recently they have been updated; however, many state laws specifically prohibit a person from performing certain unauthorized acts including:
- Accessing a computer system or network;
- Damaging, modifying, using, disclosing, copying or taking data or programs;
- Infecting a computer system with a virus or spyware;
- Using a computer in a scheme to defraud;
- Interfering with computer access or use;
- Using encryption in aid of a crime;
- Falsifying e-mail headers; and
- Stealing information services from a provider.
Many cyber crimes are also prosecuted at the federal level. Penalties for cyber crimes can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the crime.
Speak With a Criminal Defense Lawyer about Cyber Crime
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The above summary of cyber crimes is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on cyber crimes and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.