Cybercrimes Law and Legal Definition

Cybercrime includes any type of illegal scheme that uses one or more components of the Internet (chat rooms, email, message boards, websites, and auctions) to conduct fraudulent transactions or transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme. Cyber crime also applies to generating spam emails, downloading viruses or spyware to computer, harassing another through the Internet, child pornography, and solicitation of prostitution online. Perhaps the most prominent form of cybercrime is identity theft, in which criminals use the Internet to steal personal information from other users.