Cybercrimes on Campus in New Haven

Cybercrime, an area of crime that has gained incredible traction over the past few years, has taken rise at college campuses across the country. Now that it is easier than ever to share text, images, and video with whoever we want, whenever we want, crime via social media has become both extremely popular and extremely dangerous.

It is incredibly important to be informed on what exactly constitutes a cybercrime, and what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a cybercrime case. This fast-growing area of crime can have severe consequences on both an individual’s life and education and it is important to have a New Haven student defense lawyer on your side when facing these charges.

Defining Cybercrime

Any number of charges can arise based on the alleged use or misuse of technology – including computers, mobile phones, the internet, social media, photographs, videos, Facebook, and Instagram.

Many of these offenses arise in connection with the misuse of what is available online, therefore constituting a cyber crime. The most frequent cybercrime on campus is some sort of threatening, harassing, or intimidating behavior. For example, if an individual makes threats through the internet, such as on Facebook or through Instagram, an individual may be charged with the crime of harassment.

This goes hand in hand with cyber bullying. If the person is making some sort of threat, sharing information about someone else with the intent to cause that person some sort of alarm, or repeating this type of conduct, it brings into question whether it is a threatening behavior, harassing behavior, or stalking behavior. All aforementioned conduct can be classified as a sort of cyber bullying.

Additionally, there are many offenses in terms of pornography and the illicit sharing of pictures that can give rise to a number of criminal offenses. Although it does not happen as much in college, it does happen in high school. If an individual shares pictures of another individual under a certain age, that can lead to child pornography charges.

Even beyond these, there are a wide range of charges that can arise with the use of technology, online technology, and social media that may be detrimental to the accused’s life and education.

The Virality of a Cybercrime

A cybercrime on campus is very different than many other criminal offenses. The most striking issue is the degree at which the material can spread throughout the college. On a university campus, young people are tied to their phones and their computers, and everything is done electronically. With the click of a button, this activity can go from just a few friends to a campus of 15,000 or 20,000 people. It can very quickly get out of control, and spiral beyond the scope of what an individual had intended. Because of this, cybercrimes on campus are treated uniquely.


When it comes to more serious offenses, such as child pornography, revenge porn, or something along those lines, it is not atypical to have the police or the FBI involved. Very often, because they have the resources and the technology, as well as the law to address this particular type of situation, the FBI and the federal government can assist greatly.

Specifically, they can use their technology to determine where a particular image originated, where it was transmitted, what IP addresses were involved, who downloaded it, and who shared it. This information can be used to implicate an individual or demonstrate that someone was not involved.