Computer Crimes

Computer Crimes


Computer crimes are hard to detect, hard to prove, and very complicated. They require an eye for detail and a thorough knowledge of the computing world.


What are Computer Crimes?

  • Identity Theft
  • Wire Fraud
  • Ransomware
  • Hacking


Identity Theft


We have all heard the ad for LifeLock. An entire business has sprung up around the crime of identity theft. Generally speaking, identity theft is where someone tries to present him or herself as another human being. This can include using someone else’s social security number or driver’s license. In fact, the most common form of identity theft isn’t some high-tech crime it is usually someone presenting a fake ID to a peace officer for a traffic violation. Yes, using someone else’s ID is identity theft. There is also the high-tech identity theft where someone can potentially gain financial information about another and use it to their advantage. Whatever identity theft you’re being alleged to have done you need an attorney.


Wire Fraud


This can be a very complicated crime and is usually federal in nature. The general gist of wire fraud is that the government is accusing you of concocting a scheme where you are either lying about the money you are receiving or distributing and using a form of electronic communication or interstate communications facility to facilitate the transfer of money. A lot of times, wire fraud is a secondary charge brought on by the prosecution to pressure the defendant into accepting a plea deal. The Varsity Blues case is a great example of how this charge can be brought against someone who has no intention of committing wire fraud, but has it brought against them to pressure the defendant into making a plea deal.




Ransomware is complicated. If you have been accused of generating or creating ransomware than you need to hire an attorney who will work with you.


Below is a short list on how ransomware can be used:

  • Improperly accessing a computer, system, or network;
  • Modifying, damaging, using, disclosing, copying, or taking programs or data;
  • Introducing a virus or other contaminant into a computer system;
  • Using a computer in a scheme to defraud;
  • Interfering with someone else’s computer access or use;
  • Using encryption in aid of a crime;
  • Falsifying email source information; and
  • Stealing an information service from a provider.



If you have been accused of hacking than you need to hire an attorney who will work with you.


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