Computer crimes are becoming increasingly common and more seriously targeting individual lives and/or businesses and organizations. The intentional trespassing into a computer device or a network of computers, application of a computer device for fraud, and several other illegal activities that involve a computer device are strictly prohibited under Virginia state laws. Computer crimes in Virginia also include computer harassment as well as invasion of privacy. The Virginia state clearly separates offenses into felonies and misdemeanors, with the more significant criminal activities involving theft. Although an attempt to do a computer crime is not viewed as a crime, it does permit civil lawsuits for any sort of damages regarding computer crimes.
The Virginia Code categorizes two yet almost identical provisions which criminalize harassment over particularly the radio, telephone and internet. The Warren Virginia computer crimes laws say that:
Telephone Harassment Statute
Any individual who uses lascivious, lewd, obscene, profane, vulgar or indecent language, or proposes or makes any sort of obscene suggestion, or warns or threatens to do any immoral or illegal act with the primary intention to intimidate, harass, or coerce any individual, over radio or telephone, in the Commonwealth of Virginia state, is eventually guilty of a Class One misdemeanor as per Va. Code § 18.2-427.
Computer Harassment Statute
When any individual, with the primary intention to harass, intimidate, or coerce any individual, shall take advantage of a computer device or computer network mainly to communicate vulgar, lascivious, lewd, profane, obscene, or indecent language, or proposes or simply makes any suggestion of an obscene nature, or threatens to do any immoral or illegal act, then the individual committing such an act or combination of one or more acts shall be declared as the guilty of a Class One misdemeanor as per Va. Code § 18.2-152.7:1.
Other Computer Crimes
The Warren, Virginia Computer Crimes Laws list down several specific offenses which the Commonwealth of Virginia State strictly prohibits. These crimes include:
- Computer Fraud: The use of a computer device or any network without the prior permission or lawful authority to embezzle, obtain, or steal property by means of false pretenses.
- Computer Invasion of Privacy: The use of a computer device or any network with primary intention to examine and evaluate confidential information.
- Computer Trespass: The act of disabling, halting, removing, or eventually causing a malfunction or error to a lawfully unauthorized computer device or a network of computers.
- Harassment by Computer: The unlawful act of intimidating, coercing, or otherwise harassing an individual or a group of individuals through a computer device or a network of computers.
- Personally Identifying Data and/or Information: The use of a computer device or a network of computers primarily to obtain through a “trickery” way any personally identifying data and/or information.
- Spam: The use of a computer or a network of computers to send or share unsolicited advertisements or promotional content, or to falsify email transmission details and/or information.
- Theft of Computer Services: The act of willfully acquiring any kind of computer services without any lawful authority.