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A recent look at cyberbullying in america

Although cyberbullying laws can differ from state to state, most internet crimes receive serious attention. Each case can become incredibly complex, as investigations often require extensive time and consideration. California's laws on cyberbullying are straightforward, but can nevertheless bring confusion to an already stressful situation -- especially when that incident involves a wrongful accusation. 

Creating computer viruses could lead to state and federal charges

Because computer viruses can affect commerce, private medical and financial information and even national security, California legislators and the federal government treat these threats very seriously. A person who creates a virus may face severe penalties from the state. He or she could also become the focus of a federal investigation that could result in federal charges.

Unauthorized access to private computer services could be a crime

Although there are many federal laws regarding internet and computer crimes, California also has laws that address these types of activities. However, FindLaw explains that state conviction of a person who has allegedly violated the computer crime laws depends on the court's determination of whether the individual knowingly and with intent illegally performed the cybercrime with which he or she was charged.

Understanding phishing

Many California residents may have heard people talk about phishing but or alleged phishing scams but may not fully understand what exactly this refers to. At first glance, phishing emails may appear similar to spam emails but there are differences in what may be considered just junk or marketing communications and what may lead to a criminal charge.

Identity theft and the law

In today's rapidly developing technological society, internet crimes are shifting into public focus. Furthermore, identity theft has been a growing issue, especially in areas of southern California. Identity theft is a common crime in all parts of the United States, and can occur in more ways than many might assume. As of 2008, the law protects individuals in situations involving identity theft and internet-related crimes. 

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