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The dangers of computer crime

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2018 | Federal Offenses |

Computers can be used in South Carolina or any other state to commit a crime. Larceny or harassment are typically illegal no matter where or how these activities are carried out, but computers and the internet have made it easier for individuals to find and attack their victims.

For example, a person could create a fake social media profile in a victim’s name. Victims of online harassment could also receive text messages or threats through social media sites. Children could be targeted by adults for the purposes of making them the victim of child pornography. Parents who believe that their children are being targeted online are encouraged to contact the Department of Justice. The federal government also tracks and investigates claims that could be considered hate crimes.

Individuals are encouraged to take steps to guard their information. For instance, they should never reveal a bank account or social security number to a source that they do not trust. This information should also not be sent over an unsecured network. Accounts can be secured with quality passwords that are changed on a regular basis. Computers themselves can be protected with anti-virus and anti-malware programs.

Convictions for computer crimes can result in significant long-term consequences for an individual. For example, a defendant could be sent to jail or prison for many years. A sentence may also include provisions that make it impossible for a person to use the internet or any other device with an internet connection. An attorney may be able to help an individual avoid these or other consequences. This might be done by suppressing evidence or casting doubt on witness testimony.