Computer Crimes

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON 2:15 - 3:30 pm TNH 2.140
WED 2:15 - 3:30 pm TNH 2.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4 in Open Laptop mode) April 26, 2023 8:30 am 2.138
Midterm exam (administered by Exam4 in Open Laptop mode) March 8, 2023 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm 2.124


Many of the laws that govern criminal activity on the internet were written long before the internet developed into the complex ecosystem we see today. This gap creates challenges for law enforcement attempts to prohibit, investigate, and prosecute cyber crimes. At times, the laws are outdated and frustrate attempts to hold bad actors accountable. Other times, the laws are interpreted in ways that have unintended effects when applied to novel circumstances and emerging technologies. We will study these challenges and understand how courts and legislators are responding to them. The course will cover the law of computer hacking, Internet threats and harassment, criminal data theft, Internet gambling, encryption, online undercover operations and entrapment, the Fourth Amendment online, the law of executing search warrants for digital evidence, CSAM offenses, applying the Wiretap Act to the Internet, the Stored Communications Act, the Cloud Act, the role of federalism in the investigation of digital crimes, and international cooperation in the enforcement of computer crime laws around the world.

No background technological knowledge or experience required. The course does not have any prerequisites. 

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

2023 Caselaw and Statutory Supplement to Computer Crime Law, 5th *
Kerr, Orin
West Academic , edition: 2023
ISBN: 978-1-63659-918-2
Kerr's Computer Crime Law, 5th *
Kerr, Orin
West Academic , edition: 5
ISBN: 978-1-64708-479-0


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/22/2023 Exam information updated
01/31/2023 Exam information updated
11/18/2022 Room(s) changed
11/02/2022 Meeting changed