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Computer Intrusions Laws

Computer Intrusion. Computer intrusion is a serious computer crime with a likelihood of imprisonment. Unfortunately because computer intrusion is typically sophisticated and many times anonymous, the government is likely to arrest an innocent individual. Moreover, many attorneys do not have the background and/or knowledge to successfully defend a person accused of computer intrusion. Someone accused of computer intrusion needs the expertise of a strong computer crime defense attorney.

What is computer intrusion?

Computer intrusion is breaking into computer systems, frequently with intentions to alter or modify existing settings. Sometimes malicious in nature, these intrusions may cause damage or disruption to computer systems or networks. People with malevolent intent are often referred to as "crackers"--as in "cracking" into computers.

"Intrusion" entails approaching, trespassing within, communicating with, storing data in, retrieving data from, or otherwise intercepting and changing computer resources without consent. These laws relate to either or both, or any other actions that interfere with computers, systems, programs or networks.

Many states have enacted "computer intrusion" laws or have laws that explicitly include electronic forms of communication within more traditional tresspassing laws. This chart identifies only state laws that include specific references to computer intrusion. However, other state laws may still apply to those who tresspass or intrude to others online, although specific language may make the laws easier to enforce. This chart classifies the various state laws addressing computer intrusion.

 STATE  CITE
 Alabama  Ala. Code  § 13A-8-102, § 13A-8-103
 Alaska  Alaska Stat. § 11.46.740
 Arizona  Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-2316
 Arkansas  Ark. Stat. § 5-41-103-104, -203
 California  Cal. Penal Code § 502
 Colorado  Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-5.5-102
 Connecticut  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-251
 Delaware  Del. Code tit. 11, § 932, § 933, § 934, § 935, § 936
 Florida  Fla. Stat. Ann. § 815.01 to 815.07
 Georgia  Ga. Code § 16-9-93, § 16-9-152, § 16-9-153
 Hawaii  Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 708-892, § 708-891.5, § 708-895.5, § 708-892.5
 Idaho  Idaho Code § 18-2202
 Illinois  Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 720, § 5/16D-3, § 5/16D-4
 Indiana  Ind. Code § 35-43-1-4§ 35-43-2-3
 Iowa  Iowa Code § 716A.1 to 716A.16
 Kansas  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-3755
 Kentucky  Ky. Rev. Stat. § 434.845, § 434.850, § 434.851, § 434.853
 Louisiana  La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14:73.3, § 14:73.5, § 14:73.7
 Maine  Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 17-A, § 432 to 433
 Maryland  Md. Criminal Code Ann. § 7-302
 Massachusetts  Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 266, § 33A
 Michigan  Mich. Comp. Laws § 752.794§ 752.795
 Minnesota  Minn. Stat. § 609.87, § 609.88, § 609.89§ 609.891
 Mississippi  Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-1 to 97-45-13
 Missouri  Mo. Rev. Stat. § 537.525, § 569.095, § 569.097, § 569.099
 Montana  Mont. Code Ann. § 45-2-101, § 45-6-310, § 45-6-311
 Nebraska  Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-1343, § 28-1343.01, § 28-1344, § 28-1345, § 28-1346, § 28-1347
 Nevada  Nev. Rev. Stat. § 205.473 to 205.492
 New Hampshire  N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann.  § 638:17§ 638:18
 New Jersey  N.J. Rev. Stat. § 2A:38A-3
 New Mexico  N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-45-3, § 30-45-4, § 30-45-5
 New York  N.Y. Penal Law § 156.00 to 156.50
 North Carolina  N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-453 to 14-458
 North Dakota  N.D. Cent. Code § 12.1-06.1-08
 Ohio  Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2909.01§ 2909.07(A)(6), § 2913.01§ 2913.04
 Oklahoma  Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1951, § 1952, § 1953, § 1954, § 1955, § 1957, § 1958
 Oregon  Or. Rev. Stat. § 164.377
 Pennsylvania  18 Pa.C.S.A. § 7601 - 7616
 Rhode Island  R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-52-1 to 11-52-8
 South Carolina  S.C. Code Ann. § 16-16-10 to 16-16-30
 South Dakota  S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 43-43B-1 to § 43-43B-8
 Tennessee  Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-601, § 39-14-602
 Texas  Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 33.02
 Utah  Utah Code Ann. § 76-6-702, § 76-6-703
 Vermont  Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 4101 to 4107
 Virginia  Va. Code § 18.2-152.2, -152.3, -152.4, -152.5, -152.5:1, -152.6, -152.7, -152.8, -152.12, § 19.2-249.2
 Washington  Wash. Rev. Code § 9A.52.110, § 9A.52.120, § 9A.52.130
 West Virginia  W. Va. Code § 61-3C-3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12
 Wisconsin  Wis. Stat. § 943.70
 Wyoming  Wyo. Stat. § 6-3-501 to § 6-3-505