Cybercrime encompasses a broad range of offences including:

  • Crimes that are directed at computers and other technologies like hacking and unauthorised access (commonly known as browsing) and

  • Crimes that utilise computers to carry out an offence like online fraud, money laundering and online distribution of illegal material like child pornography

Cybercrime offences are covered by both State and Commonwealth legislation. The most common offences are:

  • Possession of data with intent to commit a serious computer offence – section 308F Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)

  • Supplying data with intent – section 308G Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)

  • Unauthorised access of restricted data – section 308H Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)

  • Unauthorised access to or modification of restricted data – section 478.1(1) Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)

  • Unauthorised impairment of electronic communication – section 477.3(1) Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)

  • Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence – section 474.17 Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)

The maximum penalties for these offences range from 2 years imprisonment up to 10 years imprisonment.

For more information on Commonwealth serious computer offences, click here.

Kingston Fox Lawyers are highly experienced in computer offences. If you have been charged with an offence or believe you are under investigation, contact Kingston Fox Lawyers to organise a time to talk about your matter.