Computer crimes: Defend yourself against accusations

Computer crimes: Defend yourself against accusations

Computer crimes are fairly common in today’s technological world. Maryland’s legislature knows that cyber crimes can happen, and that’s why it has put several laws into place to prevent online theft, fraud, harassment and other acts.

Being accused of computer crimes can hurt your reputation and put you at risk of charges carrying serious penalties. For instance, if you sign into an account that isn’t yours and place an order online, you could be accused of identity theft. If you link into someone else’s phone or computer, intentionally reviewing their information and emails, you could be accused of hacking.

Sometimes, there are things that happen that may appear to be cyber crimes, even though they weren’t intended to be. For example, if you live with roommates and one forgot to log out of a website, you could accidentally place an order in their name. That wouldn’t be the same as stealing a credit card and intentionally spending someone else’s money. The same is true about hacking; no one would be able to claim you were hacking if they hadn’t logged out of their own computer.

Another potential crime is using a computer to spread viruses that can damage other people’s systems. Today, viruses attach to emails and other documents, and many people don’t know when that happens. This could be because of a lack of virus scanning equipment or simply not being knowledgeable about computers. That doesn’t mean that they intended to infect others with the same virus, which is a good defense for someone accused of sending a virus to someone else.

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