Cybercrime, or computer crime, refers to crimes that occur via the use of computers or the internet. Offenses labeled cybercrime include computer hacking, phishing scams, ransomware, and internet or computer- based credit card frauds, intellectual property theft, and/or identity theft. Federally, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, is the primary statutory mechanism for prosecuting cybercrime, and provides for both criminal and civil penalties. States have also enacted similar versions of this law.
- Probation granted to businessman in cybercrime case involving theft of trade secrets.