Computer Hacking & Malware
The Cybercrime Lawyers at this firm are different. We understand that hacking is performed by sophisticated technology users exploring new ways of using hardware or software; not criminals. Our Solicitors appreciate that the hack may not be illegal, or that your skill may not have been invested with wrongful intentions. We have specialist skill in defending hackers or those accused of using Malware to commit Cybercrime.
Recent years has seen a growing obsession with the prosecution of computer hacking offences. Since the cyber-world is without geographical boundaries, it is a gamble to anticipate which authorities will claim jurisdiction. Given the FBI’s unparalleled experience and resources in pursuing hackers, the USA very quickly impedes on most medium to high profile investigations and seeks to extradite those accused of any hacking offences. The likelihood of being convicted in a US court is not only higher than in the UK, but the expected sentences are most often shockingly lengthy.
The Cybercrime Lawyers at this firm are familiar with a wide range of hacking offences. Hovering over someone’s shoulder and looking at their passwords to enter their online accounts is the most basic from of hack. Jailbreaking an IPhone is another type of hack. However, the most recognised and difficult form of hacking involves the relentless studying of a programme, identifying its weaknesses and creating software to exploit those weaknesses and deliver the ‘payload’.
Our Lawyers are supported by leading Barristers and QCs who have acted in some of the largest hacking prosecutions of recent times. Cybercrime is a relatively new mainstream legal concept. The law is continuously developing, investigative tools are improving, prosecutors are beginning to share their strategies and approaches. The world leaders are collaborating and continue to develop new ways to tackle hackers for the protection of national and international interests. The Convention on CyberCrime (Budapest Convention), the EU Cybercrime Directive and the UK’s launch of the Metropolitan Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU) are but an example.
If you are facing an allegation of hacking, regardless of the seriousness of the accusations being made, it is vitally important that you contact us and arrange to meet with a specialist Cybercrime Solicitor and Barrister. Your allocated team will be at the forefront of the Cybercrime defence world and you will be supported in achieving your objectives every step of the way.
Early action in any case is pivotal to increasing the chances of success. In such complex and intimidating investigations or prosecutions, you will require skilful advice at every juncture. We will offer you a free consultation for you to discuss your case with us. We can act for you at the police station for free and thereafter, we can help assess your financial eligibility for legal aid. We believe, no matter what your financial position, if you are prosecuted by the State, you must also be defended with funds by the State. Please contact the Cybercrime team to arrange your meeting, whether face to face, online or by telephone.