As the use of technology expands into every facet of our daily lives, more and more opportunities for brushes with the law arise. Yet, due to the complexities of the Internet and the latest technology, it can be difficult for authorities to track down those they believe are responsible for Internet and computer crimes. Therefore, innocent Californians may find themselves facing allegations of wrongdoing when they least expect it.
Absolutely. Though the arena of online gambling has been in flux over the past decade or so, it has been sharply curtailed by federal law. In fact, one law makes it illegal for any person or institution to accept a financial instrument when it is related to illegal internet gambling. This includes credit, electronic fund transfers, checks, or the proceeds of another type of transaction which includes a financial institution. In fact, financial institutions must follow strict regulations to ensure they block or identify any unlawful transaction related to illegal internet gambling.
Many laws apply to internet usage, and the everyday citizen is probably unaware of most of them. However, running afoul of these laws could result in serious consequences. In fact, violating some laws could result in decades behind bars, stripping an individual of his or her freedom, good name, and ability to live a normal, productive life. Therefore, it is important that Californians become educated about these laws so that they can avoid criminal wrongdoing or, in the event that they face computer crime allegations, they can adequately defend themselves against the charges.
Last week on thIS blog we talked about phishing schemes and how these scams are aggressively prosecuted. While this is certainly true, it is important for Californians also to realize that all computer crimes are typically prosecuted to the fullest extent. Therefore, if you are being accused of an internet crime, you might be facing significant prison time, massive fines and a ruined reputation.
As our world becomes more digitally entwined, internet crimes become more common. However, since the digital world is so complex and difficult to understand, some Californians may find themselves facing allegations related to computer crimes. In order to properly defend against such charges, it is important to understand what some of these crimes entail.
A California middle school teacher is facing serious criminal charges after authorities allegedly found child pornography on his computer. The 58-year-old math teacher who was known as a strict teacher is now imprisoned, being held on $1 million bail. The Internet Crimes Against Children task force claims to have found the incriminating evidence after executing a search warrant at his residence. At this time, school officials have no reason to believe any students were involved in the incident. The accused teacher has since been placed on administrative leave.
Personal computers are ubiquitous, and many people do not feel they can start their days without logging on and checking their email and social media accounts. While for some Sacramento residents, computers are a way to connect with others via web-based portals, for others, computers are a daily necessity for completing their jobs and maintaining their livelihoods. Federal regulations exist that limit certain online behaviors, and legislation dictates specific internet crimes. Nonetheless, in many respects, the law is chasing the growth of the digital world and, in some cases, is falling behind.
A recent review of the news demonstrates what appears to be a significant rise in cyber crime prosecution. While there are a variety of state and federal laws governing computer crimes, most individuals accused of federal computer crimes in the U.S. are prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the primary U.S. anti-hacking law. As many readers may know, the CFAA is a highly controversial piece of legislation.