With the constantly broadening use of digital technology in our day-to-day lives, the ways in which computers can be used to engage in unlawful activity is also growing. Unlawful activity can occur both in a corporate environment or at home. The computer or the use of the internet is seen simply as an intermediary tool from which to commit a crime, and it can be possible to commit the crime in question without the use of a computer or the internet. Computer-related crimes are commonly fraud or larceny, but it could be almost any crime.
Computer crimes that are often considered "white collar crimes"
There are certain crimes that are frequently associated with corporate and business environments, and these types of crimes are frequently referred to as "white collar crimes". These crimes frequently involve the use of a computer or the internet. They often involve the misuse of information obtained either legally or illegally using online networks.
Examples of crimes involving computers
It is common for business people to be accused of wrongly accessing information and misusing this information for their personal gain. This could be taking data from the company that they work for and selling it to a third party for a profit. It could also be introducing malware or another virus into a computer system, or taking information in order to steal a person's information.
Computer related crimes can be difficult to prove because it can be difficult to establish whether information was wrongfully used or not. If you have been accused of a computer-related crime in a corporate environment, it is important keep as much communication as possible in writing so that you can accurately tell your side of the story.
Source: FindLaw, "Computer Crime," accessed Dec. 22, 2017