Definition - What does Cybercrime mean?

Cybercrime is crime that is committed with the use of the Internet. Examples of acts that could qualify as cybercrime include identity theft, child pornography, harassment, fraud and many others.

People can be convicted of cybercrime just as they can be convicted of regular crimes. Punishments vary in accordance with the severity of the cybercrime.

Justipedia explains Cybercrime

Cybercrime is a relatively new development in American history, because the Internet really only came to prominence in the 1990s. Therefore, many laws regarding cybercrime are still being written. These laws can vary from state to state. Cybercrime laws can also be difficult to enforce, as doing so can require a great deal of computer skills. For example, proving that someone is cyberstalking another can be very difficult.

It is most likely that laws regarding cybercrime will continue to develop as time goes on and as new electronic crimes are identified.

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