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4 Common Types of Computer Crimes

Computer crimes that can get you into serious trouble

In today’s world, much of the criminal activity occurs not in the streets, but behind a computer screen. Many crimes now occur from afar, with the authorities putting the pieces together with forensic analysis to retrace criminals’ steps. These have become big problems in Wisconsin and across the country.

1. Viruses and Malware

Computer programs and apps rely on coding to function properly. Unfortunately, very smart programmers identify weaknesses in the security for major programs every day. They create viruses and malware to interfere with computer function. Some of these steal data, or hijack systems until a user or business agree to pay to be let back in. Other viruses can either destroy a device or give a criminal unfettered access into your data.

2. Identity Theft

Identity theft and credit card fraud are closely related crimes in which a person steals data and uses it for his or her own purposes. This might be as simple as using a stolen credit card to make purchases, or as complex as using a person’s Social Security number to obtain credit cards and bank account information. It often results in people assuming an identity for months or years before the victim realizes it.

3. Hacking

Clever computer hackers steal or guess passwords to get into individual user accounts, or exploit security weaknesses to steal large amounts of data from companies. Major data breaches occur often, with companies losing their customers’ personal or financial information, often costing a company millions of dollars.

4. Phishing

A phishing scheme comes through spam emails or fake advertisements on websites. If the user clicks on the link, it gives the sender access to everything on the computer or network. They have become harder to recognize as those creating phishing schemes become more sophisticated.

If you are charged with any of these computer crimes, you can be subject to fines, restitution, and jail time. You will need legal help to defend yourself against aggressive prosecutors. To get the defense you need, contact Eisenberg Law Offices immediately, at or at (608)256-8356.