In California you can be criminalizes for many computer-related activities that affect the functionality, use, or confidentiality of computer data, computer systems, and networks.
California’s computer statutes recognize nine ways that you can break the law by using the Internet or a computer. These nine ways include:
Altering, damaging, deleting, destroying or using data, a computer, a computer system, or computer network to execute a fraudulent scheme or to control the property of another for financial gain, the taking of property or the taking of data.
Taking, copying or using data that isn’t yours.
Using computer services that aren’t yours.
Adding, altering, damaging, deleting, or destroying data, computer software, or computer programs.
Disruption of denial of computer services.
Provision of a way to access a computer network or system.
Unauthorized accession of a computer, computer system or computer network.
Introduction of a contaminant to a computer, system, or network (introduction of a computer virus).
Use of the Internet domain name of another to send emails that damage a computer, system or network.