Computer Crime, or “cybercrime” as it is often referred, is on the increase. The UK government has already identified that cyber threats are some of the most dangerous and challenging threats that the country has faced for decades, with the result that cyber security is now ranked as a national priority. The prosecuting authorities are in turn, focussing their attention on not only the perpetrators of such offences, but also those who innocently get caught up in the aftermath or scandals of cybercrime.
As a society we have become increasingly reliant on computers – to the extent that they run many aspects of our lives. And in doing so, a mass of online, internal records of our activities, our movements, our likes and dislikes are built up to make a profile. Just one seized computer in the hands of the investigation authorities can produce a bounty of evidence. It doesn’t end with computers, of course, many types of electronic devices are capable of retaining information. While they may provide evidence for the prosecution, so too they may provide valuable evidence for a suspect. If you have been arrested for an offence where computer or digital evidence is involved, or are on bail for a cybercrime type offence, then you need specialist advice.
At Reeds, our lawyers are used to dealing with the most serious and complex cases of cybercrime. We have a team of barristers and solicitor-advocates with a thorough knowledge of the law and the technical issues that arise in such cases. These cases often include domestic online pornography investigations, cyber blackmail, cyber fraud, the dark web, bitcoin fraud, cyber extortion, offensive social media campaigns to include the recently created offences of “revenge porn” and “trolling”, hacking, virus and malware dissemination, counterfeit software, identity theft / impersonation, phishing scams, cloning, internet piracy, cyberstalking and web cam sexual offences, to name but a few. Whatever the offence, our lawyers will fight tirelessly to mount your defence.
The borderless nature of cybercrime inevitably combines all too often with an international dimension, and with that comes the risk of extradition. Reeds were recently involved in matters that were originally investigated by the FBI.
The Police will often analyse computer equipment themselves. Those investigations are highly technical, but it must be appreciated that overworked authorities are all too often seeking to prove guilt and do not have the resources or time to look further. Hidden deep in the meta data are sometimes the key strands of a defence – for example in proving the timing of a sent email could be critical. Or it may well be that a satellite navigation device is able to assist in proving that the suspect was not where the police say they were at the given time, thus helping with an alibi. Such defence focussed in-depth forensic analysis could also assist in determining whether another person has used a computer for nefarious reasons when the police investigation points towards the owner as being responsible. Ultimately, the authorities must place the offender at the computer used to commit the offences. We can examine for the presence of Trojans and third party access to defeat those assertions. At Reeds we have access to some of the UKs top independent computer experts/scientists and these specialists will be instructed to undertake the necessary examinations and prepare reports and give evidence at court, giving you the best possible chance of success.
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