Identity theft. Hackers. Spam. Viruses. We’re still learning all the ways computers can be used by criminals and how to keep ourselves safe. Can I get in trouble for sexting? And is it safe to transfer money using my smart phone?
Fortunately for those in the Equality State, Wyoming has laws in place intended to protect us from fraud or theft online. Here is a brief summary of computer crimes laws in Wyoming.
There are various types of criminal activities that fall under the umbrella of "computer crimes" in Wyoming. Many people may be familiar with the term "hacking," however, there are computer crimes that are even broader and cover a variety of topics. Most state laws identify and prohibit a number of offenses collectively called "computer crimes," which include crimes such as hacking into a secure network or damaging a computer system. Wyoming computer crime laws require the act to be intentional and an attempt is considered unlawful.
Computer Crime Laws in Wyoming
The highlights of Wyoming's computer crime laws are listed below.
||6-3-501, et seq.
|Mental State Required for Prosecution
|Misdemeanor Computer Crimes
||Crime against computer equipment and supplies
|Felony Computer Crimes
||Crimes against intellectual property (means data including programs); crimes against computer equipment and supplies if done with intent to scheme, defraud, or obtain property; crimes against computer users when value is above $750
|Attempt Considered a Crime?
|Civil Lawsuit Permitted?
Computer crimes are generally a subset of “cyber” crimes and can include:
- Improper access to a computer, system, or network;
- Improper use, copy, modification, damage, or disclosure, of programs or data;
- Introduction of a virus or other contaminant into a computer system or network;
- Interference with another person’s computer access or use;
- Use of a computer in a scheme to defraud;
- Use of encryption in aid of a crime;
- Falsification of e-mail source information; and
- Theft of information service from a provider.
A computer crime conviction in Wyoming could mean some serious fines and potentially jail time, depending on the severity and details of the crime. To help protect yourself against computer crime, be sure to have quality antivirus software on your own computer and take care to keep your sensitive data (passwords, bank account codes, social security numbers, etc.) as private as possible.
Related Resources for Wyoming Computer Crimes Laws:
Computer crime laws are still relatively new and can seem confusing. You can visit FindLaw's Cyber Crimes section for more introductory information about the topic. If you would like legal advice regarding a possible computer crime case, you can contact a Wyoming criminal defense attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.