Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime Litigation
Data and security breaches have become an everyday phenomenon in our day and age. The risks posed by computer intrusions and cyber-crimes are an increasingly critical element of any company’s risk management function. Individuals may also become the target of investigations into cyber-crimes and unauthorized computer access—crimes that can pose serious penalties and reputational risks.
Cyber-crimes are among the most aggressively prosecuted crimes on the books. Federal and state authorities devote substantial resources to investigate and prosecute cyber-crimes. Civil litigation involving computer violations and complex cyber-related legal issues—including preservation, chain of custody, verification, and documentation—is increasingly common. Digital forensics and electronic evidence have also become an essential part of much modern-day litigation.
Internet and Cyber Crimes Lawyers
Our team of skilled attorneys provides a depth of knowledge and experience in the areas of state and federal law governing computer-related violations, including common-law claims, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and the Texas Breach of Computer Security law.
Freeman Law represents clients in computer and cyber-related litigation and defense. Our legal team has experience in matters involving computer intrusion, hacking, invasion of privacy, data theft, and other related areas. Our representations include disputes involving:
- Computer trespass and computer intrusion
- Computer breaches and hacking
- Wire and mail fraud
- Intercepting communications, disclosing or using intercepted communications, and accessing stored communications
- Identity theft
- Money laundering
Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Data Breaches
Cybercrimes implicate a variety of state and federal agencies and task forces, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Department of Justice, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS); the DOJ Intellectual Property Task Force; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs); and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). Navigating the landscape of oversight and investigative agencies requires skill and acumen.
Computer Crime Attorneys
Our team is also skilled in legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. As these areas continue to evolve, the related legal issues will meld with more traditional computer intrusion and cyber-crime issues. Freeman Law recognizes this; we are dedicated to staying at the forefront as these emerging technologies continue to revolutionize social and economic activities. In this respect, we combine our knowledge base in more traditional cyber-related litigation with a unique white-collar and accounting background—and a position as a thought leader in the evolving blockchain and cryptocurrency space—to provide a distinctive brand of cutting-edge legal representation.
Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime FAQs
Q: What Is Cybercrime?
A: The term “cybercrime” refers to crimes that are committed using computers and the internet. Also referred to as computer-oriented crime, it generally involves a computer and a network. Cybercrimes can also be committed using other devices, such as tablets and cell phones. Under such definitions, the computer or device could either be used in the commission of the crime or it may be the target.
Q: Who Makes the Laws that Govern the Internet?
A: There is no single authority that governs the entire Internet because the Internet’s reach extends across the world. In the United States, federal and state governments have enacted laws applicable to certain transactions and interactions that take place over the Internet. If something is illegal in the real world, it is likely to be illegal on the Internet.
Q: What is a Cybercrime Lawyer?
A: A Cyber Lawyer is responsible for handling criminal matters in cyberspace( the internet. )They will be solving cases of cyber-attack related to business, law enforcement agencies, or private organizations.
Q: Who Investigates Cybercrime?
A: The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks and intrusions. We collect and share intelligence and engage with victims while working to unmask those committing malicious cyber activities, wherever they are.
Q: What are the Laws Against Cyber Crimes?
A: The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, is the primary statutory mechanism for prosecuting cybercrime, and it provides for both criminal and civil penalties. Depending on the specific offense, penalties can range from one to 20 years in prison.
Q: What Happens if you Commit a Cybercrime?
A: Fines for a conviction of various internet and computer crimes range widely. A misdemeanor conviction can result in minor fines of a few hundred dollars, and possibly up to $1,000 or more, while felony convictions can have fines that exceed $100,000 and Jail or prison time.
Q: What are the Types of Cybercrime?
A: Examples of Cybercrimes:
- Phishing: using fake email messages to get personal information
- Pornography: distributing child pornography
- Identity theft: misusing personal information
- Hacking: shutting down, misusing websites or computer networks
- Terrorism: spreading hate and inciting terrorism
Q: What are the Reasons for Cybercrime?
A: Cybercriminals always opt for an easy way to make big money. They target rich people or rich organizations like financial firms, banks, and casinos, where a huge amount of money flows daily and hack sensitive information. Catching such cybercriminals is difficult.