World over there is a great concern due to various types of crimes committed by using computers and on the Internet. Almost everyday there is an international story about some or the other portal attacked or credit card fraud or some virus bringing down the system.

Broadly such crimes can be classified as:

  • Unauthorised access
  • Unauthorised interception
  • Unauthorised use of computer, computer system
  • Computer related fraud
  • Computer forgery
  • Damage to computer data
  • Computer sabotage

The Information Technology Act 2000 (India) covers in detail various types of computer crimes and the penalties provided for such crimes.