Cybercrime Legislation Coverage
Cybercrime, also known as computer crime, is any form of crime committed through the use of the internet or by using computers as their medium. Like any regular crime, there is legislation in place and cybercrime laws do exist to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. However, cybercrime legislation and law is a very tricky item. Like any other law, cybercrime legislation and law depends on the originating source of the crime itself. Cybercrime legislation is much trickier due to the use of the internet while committing these crimes. A hacker or social engineer can be half a world away, even worse they can be in a country that does not have cybercrime legislation in place.
Cybercrime encompasses more than just stealing information, there are many crimes that fall into the computer crime category such as:
This means you can be a victim of cybercrime in the United States and not be able to press charges against the person who committed the crime. There are laws in place against cybercrime across almost all of the seven continents, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Central America, Europe, and Australia, but not all countries in those continents have the legislation standing and in place.
For countries that do have cybercrime legislation in place, the laws do not cover all forms of cybercrime. The majority will cover for the malicious spreading of malware, spyware, viruses and trojan horses and at times identity theft, but items such as pretexting, phishing and cyber stalking are not specifically called out in some countries.