Internet and Cyberspace Crime Law

Internet and Cyberspace Crime Law governs crimes on the internet. It is regulated by U.S. federal and state laws, as well as international laws. Cybercrime is one of the three general categories of Computer Crime.

They are crimes that are committed through the use of computer networks and devices, although the crime committed does not target the actual computer or the network (Fraud and identity theft: phishing and pharming scams; corporate espionage; embezzlement; cyber terrorism; child pornography trafficking, and more).

State law requires that in order to be convicted of cybercrime, one must willfully, knowingly or purposely access computer-based data and intend to steal, destroy or alter computer-based information, steal services, passwords, or otherwise interfere with hardware or software, etc. It is not criminal, if one accidentally or unintentionally happens upon secure information without intent.

Most states classify cybercrimes as either misdemeanors or felonies based upon the amount of damage sustained by the victim, although the amounts vary from state to state.

To consult State Legislation regarding internet and cyberspace crime laws and regulations please see the Criminal Code by State page.

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