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Over 15 million Americans are victims of Identity Theft each year. Another 100 million more are at risk.

These alarming statistics prove that identity theft may be the most frequent and pervasive crime in the United States. Each year hackers become more sophisticated in their techniques and abilities to retrieve sensitive information. As technological advancements continue to revolutionize every aspect of our lives the internet has become a pool of personal information.

Internet Crimes
have become much more intrusive and high tech since the first computer worm was released in 1988 by Robert Morris, Jr. Since then, it has been a flood of high-tech hackers to low grade criminals compromising everything from personal emails, medical data, financial information, corporate and government hacks that leave millions of people to pick up the pieces. Computer Crimes are different from any other crime; in that everyone is at risk and one may not be aware that they have been victimized until much later.

Unauthorized Computer Use or Access

Unauthorized Computer Use or Access is a common form of internet fraud that involves accessing a computer, computer data, or a computer network without permission, often with unlawful purpose. California's unauthorized computer access law (also known as the "Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act") is punishable under the Penal Code 502 PC. California hackers can also be held on Federal charges of unauthorized computer use or access under Penal Code 502 PC.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, also known as the CFAA. states that, whoever intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains information from any protected computer if the conduct involved an interstate or foreign communication shall be punished under the Act.

Victims of Internet Crimes Involving Sexual Conduct with Minors

Computer crimes involving minors are extremely punishable. Offenders can face jail prison time, fines, and may face as a lifetime registrant as a sex offender. If you or a loved one has been a victim of an Internet Crime involving a minor, trust only an experienced Internet Crime Attorney to handle the sensitivity of your case.

AUTHOR: Michael Berg

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