WiredSafety's Law Page

Cybercrime

Cybercrimes are really a misnomer. Every cybercrime has some physical environment. Criminal intrustions are launched from one or locations (initially, at least), money is stolen from an account that has a physical location, people are targeted and they reside and work somewhere in real life. All cybercrimes either start in the digital world (through an email telling you that you won $50 million in the Nigerian lottery), offline (with someone trying to sell you a stolen vehicle on an online ad site) or start, operate and end in cyberspace (conning you into sharing your banking information, login and passwords and stealing your IS and money).

By stepping back a bit you can spot the real life connections and won't have to look for new and sony cyberlaws. Most real life laws apply to cybercrimes and abuse. Just start by looking to the offline piece.

The real issue isn't finding a law that applies. It's figuring out where law enforcement have jurisdiction and authority and how they can find out who is behind those crimes. Investigation is a serious challenge for police trying to patrol local neighbors. That's where WiredSafety's role as a cyber-neighborhood watch comes in. The more groups like ours can educate volunteers and the public to spot cybercrimes, scams and creeps and report them, the faster we will succeed.