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July 2006

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Federal Courts Snapshot: Computer Fraud Cases Filed in the Federal Courts

In fiscal year 2001, 79 computer fraud cases were filed in federal courts. By FY 2005, this number had increased to 104 cases. Federal laws prohibit unauthorized access to any Internet-connected computer with the intent to defraud or obtain anything of value. Also outlawed is the intentional, reckless, or negligent harming of an Internet-linked computer, as are a number of deceptive or fraudulent practices often used in commercial e-mails.

Computer fraud case statistics during each 12-month period ending September 30, 2001 through 2005, along with statistics on other criminal cases filed by major offense, can be found in Table D-2 of the Judicial Business of the United States Courts, online at www.uscourts.gov/judbususc/judbus.html.