“Cybercrime” has evolved into a multilayered criminal industry that generates over $1 trillion each year. The big players and heavy hitters of this internet underworld are clever hackers who are constantly at odds with state and federal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, it’s usually the people living outside of this criminal ecosystem who get arrested after unknowingly committing a crime.
Many people are confused about what actually constitutes a computer crime. According to the Florida Computer Crimes Act, there are two different types of offenses: crimes against computer users and crimes against intellectual property. Of course, the list of criminal offenses and their accompanying legal penalties continue to evolve as hackers acclimate to new advancements in technology. To secure a conviction, the prosecution needs to prove that the defendant acted intentionally, knowingly, and without the victimized party’s permission.
Intellectual property computer crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Disabling or destroying software or data
- Participating in illegal online markets
- Infecting a computer system
- Sharing confidential information
- Stealing trade secrets
- Exploiting legitimate platforms for acts of cybercrime
Crimes against computer users includes, but is not limited to:
- Accessing someone’s computer without permission
- Damaging, destroying, or stealing another person’s computer equipment
- Utilizing ransomware
- Introducing a virus into someone’s computer system
- Accessing date on another person’s computer network
Various law enforcement officials and computer experts established the Florida Computer Crime Center as a means of investigating cybercrimes throughout the Sunshine State. The center helps investigators solve serious criminal cases involving cyberattacks, network breaches, and child exploitation.
Common internet crimes include:
- Non-delivery of merchandise
- Identity theft
- Criminal copyright infringement
- Drug trafficking
- Child pornography
If you’re arrested for a cybercrime, you need to contact a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Cyber crimes are felony offenses that can lead to imprisonment, costly fines, and other life-altering penalties.
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