It has become abundantly clear that the United States Government monitors Internet activity. We have seen a plethora of indictments for child pornography and internet scams. Beyond the phishing hazards of surfing the web a person can be unwittingly inveigled into computer viruses which can hack to obtain banking records and other items for identity theft. It is not unheard of that cookies are installed on computers which contain malware or even ransomware. There is a danger that such items can be installed on a hard drive by third parties who are engaged in peer to peer file sharing of illegal content. Indeed, several indictments have been returned against innocent individuals who's computers have been hacked, and child pornography has been installed by Internet criminals who trade in such filth but use the innocent person's computer as a proxy to mask their crimes.
Whether an individual is simply “surfing the net”, downloading content through peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, or communicating in a chat-room, law enforcement surveillance should be assumed, and there is no anonymity in an individual’s of his or her computer. Based on internet surveillance and monitoring, federal agents investigating internet crimes can and do obtain a warrant to seize computers. And, contrary to common belief, deleting a file or content from a computer does not make it disappear. Federal agents investigating internet crimes possess the computer programs, time, and funding to retrieve date thought deleted or destroyed.
Computer hacking, fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, internet extortion, investment fraud, Ponzi/pyramid schemes, investment fraud, lotteries, Internet auction fraud, phishing/spoofing (forged electronic documents), and spam can all result in an investigation and potential prosecution for federal Internet crimes, or cyber-crimes.
Internet crimes such as acquiring, possessing, and distributing child pornography over the internet often carry mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment and lifetime sexual registration as a sex offender. It is not uncommon for a curious individual merely looking at images on the internet to find themselves under investigation and indictment for Internet child pornography crimes. The potential consequences to freedom and public standing can be disastrous.
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