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What is ransomware?

Cybercrime is a threat that impacts people throughout the world and right here in New Jersey too. Cybercrimes include a variety of scams, identity theft, exploitation of children and attacks on computer systems. For victims, including businesses, the effects are frustrating and costly. Ransomware attacks are one type of internet crime that affects businesses large and small, as well as government and law enforcement agencies.

Cyber crime penalties: are they too strict?

Needless to say, the Internet is hardly as simple as it was two decades ago. Because of its diverse and expansive global reach, countless crimes take place online. While these crimes can be incredibly damaging to the victim, many argue that the penalties for such actions are too severe. Californians charged with an Internet crime can often expect a long and arduous road ahead.

The current outlook of internet crimes

As the internet has become a common part of everyday life over the last twenty years, most California households are familiar with the usual security threats. Although internet crimes can be serious, they are often incredibly complex to address. These types of crimes are relatively common and, according to some recent reports, incidents appear to be on the rise. 

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.

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