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Cybercrime Laws Vary

written by: •edited by: Brian Nelson•updated: 5/4/2009

This article provides examples of countries with laws that deter and/or punish particular cybercrimes.

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    Many countries still don’t effectively deter, stop, limit or punish cybercrime. A cybercrime is either any crime that requires the use of a computer system to complete the crime or a crime where the computer system is the target of the crime. Here are examples of a few countries with laws related to particular cybercrimes. This is not a complete list of every country with laws related to cybercrime.

    1. In Australia, forgery, fraud, hacking and theft related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    2. In Belgium, electronic sabotage, forgery, fraud and hacking related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    3. In Canada, the courts seem to update the law to include cybercrime by using existing laws related to electronic sabotage, forgery, fraud, intrusion and theft.
    4. In Chile, the courts seem to be considered competent to hear cases of any cybercrime involving child pornography as long as the website involved can be visited from Chile.
    5. In the Czech Republic, hacking doesn’t seem to be a cybercrime but what you do with the accessed information can be.
    6. In Ireland, theft and fraud related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    7. In Japan, electronic sabotage, forgery, fraud, hacking and intrusion related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    8. In Peru, electronic sabotage, forgery and intrusion related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    9. In Spain, fraud and theft related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.
    10. In the United Arab Emirates, it seems that forgery, fraud, hacking and theft related to a computer system can be cybercrimes in addition to the use of electronics to insult any religion.
    11. In the United States of America, creating and operating a bot-network is now a Federal cybercrime. In addition, electronic sabotage, forgery, fraud, hacking, identity theft and intrusion related to a computer system can be cybercrimes.

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This series of articles explains how cybercrime is not necessarily different than everyday crime.
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