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Introduction to Internet Crimes

Revised to December 1, 2007

Sections 53-451 through 53-454, Unauthorized Use of a Computer or Computer Network, created in 1999, is Connecticut's anti-SPAM legislation.  While SPAM is widely understood now as unsolicited bulk email, it actually comprises a wide variety of activities that involve the unauthorized use of a computer system, principally the Internet, to send messages either in real time or in email with the intent to disrupt others' legitimate activities or to distribute or create falsified information or documents.  The target of anti-SPAM legislation is fraud and deceptive commercial practices. 

Because of the complexity of the technology used in committing these crimes, the instructions will have to be narrowly tailored to the facts of each case.


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