Technology has exploded in the last few decades, and nearly everyone here in California and across the country uses some sort of computer technology ,such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. The birth of the internet put the world in touch with a completely new way of relating to each other and conducting business, but the system is not perfect, and internet crimes expose its vulnerabilities. In response to these technological advances and an ever increasing use of the internet, a new area of law was created to deal with cybercrimes.
The question is what types of computer usage constitute cybercrimes. Nearly everyone has heard of “hackers” who break into supposedly secure systems and steal information. Some of them introduce viruses that wreak havoc on a computer system. However, these are not the only form of computer crime. Even preventing someone from gaining access to his or her computer can be illegal.
Using computers and the internet in the furtherance of a crime, falsifying the data on an email and using computers in a fraud scheme are also against the law. Somehow altering or obtaining data from a system could be a crime as well. Virtually any access to a computer system without authorization could cause an individual to cross the line from legal to illegal usage. Where that line is can sometimes be confusing.
California residents who find themselves accused of cybercrimes should seek the assistance of an attorney. However, it is important to find one who understands the intricacies of this area of law and the technology involved. At the very least, he or she should be able to enlist someone who can. The penalties associated with these crimes can be harsh, and the sooner that an individual brings in a criminal defense team to protect his or her rights, the better.