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I am sorry to hear about your situation, but you are pretty much safe. The reason that you should not worry is that for them (or anyone) to press charges against you for anything illegal, they would have to prove that it was you that actually did this. Typically this is through seizing a computer (which they would only do if there was compelling evidence, i.e. "probable cause", to do so), as well as tracing IP addresses, analyzing the spam, solicitations, extortions, etc... and finding out where any "payments" are paid to (typically some scamming location such as Nigeria, Jamaica, China, etc...), and determining if that fits the typical spyware profile or if it's "unique". If it was spyware, I would say that there's a 99.99% chance that it would fit the "typical" profile.
Criminal prosecution (or civil lawsuits, for that matter) require proof of intent.
Without them being able to show that these spam messages, extortions, etc... actually originated from you (rather than your computer through some malware, or your account through some misappropriation of your account) no one has anything on you.
Finally, even IF it were possible to prosecute for negligence alone, the scope of the problem would make your situation incredibly unlikely that they would prosecute. The reason is that this happens to tens or hundreds of thousands of individuals, if not more. No one has the resources to prosecute even 1 percent of those cases. So if it were possible to prosecute in your case, you would have a better than 99% chance of not being prosecuted.
But since I said before that they can't prosecute unless they have proof that you actually intended to do this AND did it, they couldn't successfully prosecute.
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No. Again, legally speaking, if there was anything they could do to you, they would have to prove your intent AND your action. Without both intent and action being proven, there is no case.
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