General Criminal Law Concepts

Cybercrimes, sometimes called computer crimes, involve situations where people use the internet or computers as the medium for, or target of, criminal activity. Some crimes, such as computer trespass, are prosecuted by extending existing criminal laws to new situations that have arisen with new technology. Computer networks facilitate these crimes. Other laws define new crimes that did not exist before computers. The use of computers as a medium to commit crimes is growing. Criminals also target computers and the data that they contain. Consider the following:

  • A federal judge sentences a computer hacker to almost 5 years in prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The hacker created botnets ...

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