There are two main types of computer crimes. The first is when computers are used to facilitate more traditional crimes and illegal activity, such as fraud, revenge porn, or other white collar crimes. The second form of computer crimes, often known as hacking, is where offenders target their victim's computer systems for the purpose of copying, interrupting, destroying, or altering the systems, often resulting in a data breach.
If you are a victim of a computer crime you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the crime against you. If the crime involves your finances, you should also immediately contact your bank and credit card companies and inform them of the problem. You may even wish to freeze or close the accounts. If you are having trouble recovering your assets, a lawyer may be able to help you.
If you are accused of a computer crime you should speak to a criminal lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system.
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