As the Internet continues to be an important part of our lives, it also becomes a more dangerous avenue for cybercrime. The risk increases as the massive online community’s use of the Internet becomes more rampant. And despite the public being aware of cybersecurity issues, anonymous online criminals are able find more victims and creative ways to commit Internet fraud with the use of Internet services or software programs with web access.

Cybercrime has become a leading concern in the legal community as criminals continue to spread troublesome viruses, access private business/financial information, commit cyber espionage, spread different variations of malware, execute property and identity theft, spread malicious online content, and invade computer system processes that may threaten or cause danger to the government or its citizens.

At the same time, the legal community continues to devise laws that victims can consult to protect their privacy and rights. These laws, many of which appear under Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code, were passed to strongly call out the actions of cyber criminals and to cultivate a healthier, fraud-free online environment. They aim to control and prevent such inconveniences, damage and loss as well as punish those who are responsible for the crimes committed.

18 U.S. Code § 2511 – Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited

The Title 18 U.S. Code § 2511 law protects wire, oral and electronic communication interception of cyber criminals. Someone who intentionally discloses or endeavors to disclose information obtained through interception via wire, oral, or electronic communication will be punished by the law with a fine and/or jail time of up to five years.

18 U.S. Code § 2701 – Unlawful access to stored communications

Perpetrators who, without any authorization, intentionally access a (Read more...)