Computer crimes are fairly common in today’s technological world.
Maryland’s legislature knows that cyber crimes can happen, and that’s
why it has put several laws into place to prevent online theft, fraud,
harassment and other acts.
Being accused of computer crimes can hurt your reputation and put you at
risk of charges carrying serious penalties. For instance, if you sign
into an account that isn’t yours and place an order online, you
could be accused of
identity theft. If you link into someone else’s phone or computer, intentionally
reviewing their information and emails, you could be accused of hacking.
Sometimes, there are things that happen that may appear to be cyber crimes,
even though they weren’t intended to be. For example, if you live
with roommates and one forgot to log out of a website, you could accidentally
place an order in their name. That wouldn’t be the same as stealing
a credit card and intentionally spending someone else’s money. The
same is true about hacking; no one would be able to claim you were hacking
if they hadn’t logged out of their own computer.
Another potential crime is using a computer to spread viruses that can
damage other people’s systems. Today, viruses attach to emails and
other documents, and many people don’t know when that happens. This
could be because of a lack of virus scanning equipment or simply not being
knowledgeable about computers. That doesn’t mean that they intended
to infect others with the same virus, which is a good defense for someone
accused of sending a virus to someone else.