Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
Prosecuting Crimes Facilitated by Computers and by the Internet
Many crimes that are not specifically related to computers can be substantially facilitated by the use of computers. The easy access of cyberspace can provide a low-cost high-connectivity way for criminals to reach victims.
A. Ways Computers Can Be Used In Crimes
Computers can be used in a variety of roles in crimes. Each of these roles can raise novel investigative and prosecutorial issues because of the unique attributes of computers. Congressional testimony about the roles computers can play in crime is provided via the links below:
- Statement of Robert S. Litt, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, Before the Subcommittee on Social Security Senate Ways and Means Committee, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., May 6, 1997
- Internet Crimes Affecting Consumers: Statement of Robert S. Litt, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, Before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, Senate Judiciary Committee, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., March 19, 1997
In New York, twenty-one owners, managers and employees of Internet sports betting companies have been charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiracy to transmit bets and wagers on sporting events via the Internet and telephones. Information about the filing of these charges is available below.
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