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What are Federal Cybercrimes?


What are Federal Cybercrimes?

Cybercrimes are criminal activities that involve the use of computers or the internet and are prosecuted under federal law. The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber crimes and cyber attacks.

Some of the most common federal cybercrimes are:

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): This federal law criminalizes a wide range of computer-related conduct such as computer trespassing (hacking), unauthorized access to a computer, and transmitting threats of extortion.

Wire Fraud: This involves the use of an interstate telephone call or electronic communication made in furtherance of a scheme to defraud another person.

Computer Based Identity Theft: This involves the use of another person's identity to commit fraud or other crimes using the internet or other electronic means.

Child Pornography: This involves the production, distribution, or possession of sexually explicit images of minors.

To research federal cybercrimes you can review these statutes.

18 U.S. Code § 1030: This statute criminalizes fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

18 U.S. Code § 1028: This statute criminalizes identity theft and related activities.

18 U.S. Code § 2252: This statute criminalizes the possession, distribution, and production of child pornography.

Often cybercrimes involve other federal violations as well.  Money laundering and conspiracy are often charged in conjunction with the cyber offenses.

Federal electronic crimes are complex and carry heavy penalties. Our expert criminal defense lawyers can assist you.