N.Y. General Business Law Section 538-B

For the purposes of this article:


the term “hijack”, with respect to a modem or internet-capable device, means taking control of the modem or the modem-function of a user’s computer or internet-capable device to initiate a toll telephone call via a telecommunications network, a voice over internet protocol, or other internet communication for which the authorized user or provider pays a monetary charge.


the term “authorized user” with respect to a computer or internet-capable device, means a person who is authorized by the owner or lessee to use the computer or internet-capable device.


the term “internet-capable device” means any hardware technology including, but not limited to, a cellular telephone, handheld computer, or calendaring and messaging device with telephony functions, that is individually or collectively capable of providing wireless or wireline internet access, in addition to origination and completion of telephone calls.

Source: Section 538-B — Definitions, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/GBS/538-B (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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