What Is a Computer Crime in Connecticut?
One of the biggest challenges lawmakers face is trying to write laws that keep pace with the rapid advancement of technology. Connecticut has several different computer crimes on the books. Unfortunately, these laws are often written and interpreted broadly, sweeping up some people who may never have thought of themselves as criminals.
The five major computer crimes are:
- Unauthorized access to a computer system;
- Theft of computer services;
- Interruption of computer services;
- Misuse of computer system information; and
- Destruction of computer equipment
Unauthorized Access to a Computer System
You have committed this crime if you have knowingly accessed any computer or computer system, when you knew you didn’t have authority to do so. This could include everything from stealing passwords to a computer or a computer program. If you hack into the email of your spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend, you may have committed the crime of unauthorized access to a computer system.
Theft of Computer Services
This crime deals with using a computer to gain access to services or information without authorization. Many websites offer free information, but many sites with in depth information require payment. If you hack into a news website that requires payment to see some content, you may have committed the crime of theft of computer services.
Interruption of Computer Services
This crime involves disabling the regular use of a computer or computer system. A typical example of the crime of interruption of computer services would be the intentional spreading of a computer virus. Most prosecutions involve the intentional spreading of a virus. But, the text of the law may make even the accidental spreading of a virus a computer crime, but it appears that the law is not usually used in this way.
Misuse of Computer System Information
This crime involves the unauthorized display of data or photos from a computer or the intentional or reckless destruction, alteration, damage, deletion, interception, or receipt of data from a computer system without the owner’s permission. Think of stealing pictures from someone’s online photo account and sending the pictures to others. The photo thief, and potentially the recipients of the photos may have committed the crime of misuse of computer system information.
Destruction of Computer Equipment
You commit the crime of destruction of computer equipment when you intentionally or recklessly destroy, alter, or damage a computer or computer system. This could include everything from intentionally pouring water on the servers at the office to using a powerful magnet to destroy the data on a computer hard drive.
If you have been accused or charged with a computer crime, you need to get legal help right away. Before you talk to anyone about your criminal problems, contact a tough and experienced Stamford criminal defense attorney. The longer you wait to get help the worse things may get for you. Call the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner at 203-348-5846 to schedule your consultation today.