One of the fastest growing areas of crime in the modern age is cybercrime, criminal activity that uses or targets computers and the online world. Cybercrime includes:
- Hacking / computer misuse
- Commercial Industrial espionage
- Attacks on computer servers
- Online scams
- Identity theft
- Cyber stalking
The range of offences and increasing sophistication of threats makes this area extremely challenging to prosecute and defend. It is an area of crime which has been able to grow under rich conditions of anonymity, convenience and the lack of physical borders.
Increasingly businesses are threatened by individuals or organised groups seeking to steal commercially sensitive information. Often the culprits are even former employees who seek to use their inside knowledge to gain access to commercially sensitive material or cause substantial damage.
Companies are also threatened by attempts by attackers to prevent the business functioning, or customers using their services. These often take the form of DoS or DDoS attacks aimed at slowing network performance, bringing down websites, or increasing the number of spam emails received.
With social media playing an increasingly important role in people’s lives and reputation, cyberstalking and the posting of malicious communication can have devastating effects.
A successful criminal prosecution or defence requires expert knowledge of the both the various methods used by individuals and groups, whilst also understanding the cross border element which these matters almost always bring. Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has the technical expertise and experience required. Our dedicated team of solicitors have a great deal of experience with cybercrime; for example we are currently retained in one of the largest multimillion pound multijurisdictional cybercrime matters.
The firm is able to act for businesses wishing to bring proceedings for cybercrime perpetrated against them. We are also proficient in advising individuals or organisations facing an allegation, at all stages of the investigation.
Many victims look to civil remedies when they have been the victims of cyber-attack, such as injunctions and damages. However, criminal prosecutions can bring about an even more devastating effect than that of a civil claim, particularly where the individual in question has limited funds or assets in off shore jurisdictions.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s criminal litigation team has an expert knowledge of cybercrime and can assist with private prosecutions or defence.
The firm has an expert commercial litigation team poised to take emergency action, complementing your private prosecution or defence.
Should you require assistance please call either our City or West End office. If your matter is urgent please contact our Legal Response Team.