Computer fraud is the use of computers, the Internet, Internet devices, and Internet services to defraud people or organizations of resources. Illegal computer activities include phishing, social engineering, viruses, and DDoS attacks are some examples used to disrupt service or gain access to another's funds. See our computer crime page for a list of additional examples.
The United States government first enacted the Comprehensive Crime Control act on October 12, 1984, which has been amended and updated many times in an attempt to prevent computer fraud. The most recent update was in 2008. This act is meant to penalize violators with stiff penalties. However, there are many opponents of this act who feel it is too broad and leaves too much leeway in the law's jurisdiction. This view complains that by not being specific enough, that many people are punished that ordinarily would not be considered violators.