Charged with Cybercrime or Credit Card Fraud?
With the relentless development in the technological industry, this is by far one of the fastest growing areas of crime. The cloud of anonymity, speed, ease of access, convenience and opportunities the internet has to offer makes it one of the most fertile grounds for criminal activities. As such there are quite a number of crimes that can be associated to the internet or cyber world. Identity theft is one of such as is internet fraud, hate crimes, phishing scams, hate and bullying on social networking sites.
Other computer related offences include cyber stalking, and cyber terrorism, hacking into corporate servers to obtain classified and confidential data, malware and phishing scams for obtaining passwords, personal information and bank details. There are computers, laptops, hand-held smart phones and or internet devices in practically every house in the country. The internet has therefore become a readily available platform for fraud, illegal activities and other such offences mentioned above. It is believed that these cybercrime costs the country’s economy in excess of £27 billion per annum, according to the UK Government’s 2011 Report on cybercrime and the internet. The World Wide Web has turned the once vast world into a global village and at the same time, it has seen cyber crime become very easily an international crime.
The introduction of social networking sites such as Facebook mean that connections are made between millions of people in diverse parts of the world at the push of a button. It also means that terrorist groups may now communicate more easily than they were able to before the advent of the internet, hence the criminal offence of cyber terrorism; one of the worst national security threats as confirmed by the International Police Organisation (Interpol). Interpol alleges that cybercrime is no longer restricted to small groups of people and individuals but that there is an emerging trend in which traditional organised crime syndicates are now taking over the internet with high tech equipments around the world. The heavy reliance on technological equipments, computers and the internet on every conceivable device and the storage of the most sensitive data including matters of national security on computers means that a meticulously planned cyber attack by an organised crime syndicate will indeed have a crippling effect in every sense of the world on the attacked country.
It is no wonder therefore that investigating authorities and the Police are less tolerant of cyber crime and internet crime than they used to be. Cooperation between certain members of the international community in the joint combat against cyberspace attacks in particular and cybercrime in general means that suspects can be extradited from one country to the other for trial or further investigation. Investigations are more extensive and invasive than ever and in serious cases of cybercrime can involve a number of investigating agencies from different countries. In the same manner, the sentencing on conviction also depends on the seriousness of the matter at hand and the defendant’s level of responsibility in the offence.
How Computer Crime Lawyers Challenge Prosecution Evidence on Cybercrime
For proof of guilt or indeed involvement beyond any reasonable doubt, the prosecution must be able to evidence that the defendant used the computer or computers associated with the crime. It is not enough to claim that the IP address recorded during investigation is registered to the defendant. We would demand more concrete evidence of our client’s alleged involvement. Our solicitors have successfully argued in past cases that after all the most common cybercrime is hijacking of computers, passwords and other information through the Trojan horse. It would be inconclusive therefore to arrest an individual for cybercrime on the primary fact that they own the IP address.
Cybercrime is still very much a developing area of criminal law and we are one of the few defence law networks with experienced solicitors and forensic experts with cut edge technological knowledge and the ability to break technical jargons into plain and simple English. This enables us to mount up a most formidable defence on our clients’ behalf and to ensure that those facing cybercrime allegations are adequately represented.
We cannot stress enough the acute importance of making sure that you receive professional legal and expert internet and cybercrime advice as soon as you become a subject of investigation. The investigation will be invasive with aspects of your private life labelled as evidence. With specialist criminal defence solicitors fighting your case however we will ensure that your private life and liberties are not unduly trampled upon. It is important that you call us today and speak to one of our cybercrime lawyers whose vast knowledge of defending clients at the investigation and trial stages will greatly benefit your case.