Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions
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Computer crime is an umbrella under which a vast range of criminal offences can sit.
The Computer Misuse Act 1990 creates various offences directly related to the use of computers, but an array of other statutes create cyber crime offences. The UK law enforcement authorities have chosen to categorise this type of offence by dividing it into two categories: cyber dependent crime, where a computer is required to engage in the activity (such as hacking) and cyber enabled crime where a criminal offence is committed by using a computer.
Some offences involve the computer or network as the target of the activity. This may involve hacking or the use of virus or malware software. Computer security is increasingly hitting the headlines, with high-profile cyber-attacks taking place more regularly and on a greater scale than ever before. Companies, state organisations and even the very fabric of the political system itself are at risk, as well as millions of individuals. Penalties for offences of computer hacking can now be very severe, in some cases attracting 14 years or, in cases involving the risk of serious harm to human welfare, life imprisonment.
Offences in which the computer is the tool of the criminal activity range from financial crime and terrorism, to creating indecent images and harassment. Many “traditional” crimes now have a cyber-element, as business and social activities are so frequently carried out electronically. For example, high frequency trading has been the subject of regulatory action and prosecutions and the LIBOR, Euribor and FX investigations required analysis of millions of pages of electronic communication records.
At Corker Binning, the majority of our work has a cyber-element. We have the experience to understand both the limitations of computer evidence and the ever-advancing boundaries of it, ensuring that you are properly advised as to the implications of the cyber issues in your case.
Should you find yourself under suspicion in relation to a cyber-crime investigation, we will support and assist you with our expertise and experience of the latest developments in this area of the law. Lawyers at Corker Binning have been dealing with computer crime in its various guises for decades, as defence lawyers, in law enforcement, and as prosecutors.
Should you find yourself the victim of cyber-crime, we can assist you in presenting the facts to the police with the utmost efficiency, sensitivity and discretion. We can also assist with strategic advice on responding to cyber-crime, including conducting internal investigations and reporting to the police and other authorities.