computer crime | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Computer crime, also known as cybercrime, refers to criminal activities that are committed using the internet or other forms of computer networks.

These crimes can range from simple offenses, such as using someone else’s Wi-Fi connection without permission, to more serious crimes, such as hacking into a company’s computer systems or distributing malicious software.

Some common types of computer crimes include:

      • Identity theft: stealing someone’s personal information, such as their name, address, and date of birth, in order to commit fraud or other crimes
      • Cyberbullying: using the internet or other digital communication platforms to harass, intimidate, or bully someone
      • Phishing: sending fake emails or texts that appear to be from legitimate sources in order to trick people into divulging personal information or login credentials
      • Distribution of malicious software: spreading viruses, worms, or other malicious software that can damage or disrupt computer systems

Computer crimes can have serious consequences, including fines, imprisonment, and damage to a person’s or company’s reputation.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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