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What are some common Internet crimes?

What are some common Internet crimes?

When you think of Internet crimes, do you immediately think of Napster and illegal downloads? Maybe you think of The Pirate Bay, where a lot of illegal downloads were made before it was shut down. While these are the things people tend to consider, the truth is that there are many other Internet crimes taking place, including the following:

1. Blackmail.

Blackmail can often be done after information is stolen online. For instance, if pictures are uploaded to the cloud and then a hacker obtains them, he or she could threaten the person in the pictures, saying they’ll be released unless money is paid.

2. Breaking into communications.

Similarly, people sometimes break into communications that others have had. These often include email messages. Just as it’s illegal to open another person’s physical mail, it is also illegal to break into an email.

3. Online betting.

Sports betting may be legal in Vegas, but it’s not legal online, at least not at this time. Still, there are sites that will allow people to place bets on their favorite teams. Though many people just see this as a fun way to pass the time, federal law says it could bring about a two-year jail sentence.

4. Harassment and Bullying.

Social media makes it very easy to bully someone from anywhere. Messages can be sent on Facebook, Twitter and the like. This type of thing is often directed at celebrities by people who don’t know them, but it also happens to teens, students and others who know each other in real life.

These are just four examples, but, if you’ve been accused of any Internet crimes, you must know your rights in this potentially complex situation.

Source: Complex, “The 10 Most Common Internet Crimes,” Stephen Nale, accessed June 19, 2015

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