Hackers, theft and data manipulation

Region: Ontario Answer # 353


A computer crime is any illegal activity that involves a computer as the object of a crime, as an instrument used to commit a crime, or as a hiding or storage place for evidence related to a crime. For example, computer crime could be the theft of a computer, using a computer to illegally access someone else’s computer system, or storing documents relating to a crime on a computer. The main types of computer crime involve computer hackers, software piracy, stock manipulation, and business fraud.



Hackers are people who use modems or other computer communication devices to enter someone else’s private computer systems. Hackers can change information, steal data, or access confidential information. Hacking into a computer system is like breaking and entering into a private residence. It is a criminal offence to tamper with computerized information and to break into a private computer system.

For help in recovering damages from a computer crime, contact a computer or technology lawyer.


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