Sony Pictures Hacked, Business and Personal Information Leaked

Hollywood’s very own Sony Pictures was hacked recently, allegedly by North Korea. While this cybercrime was likely sophisticated and conducted by an organized group, cybercrime encompasses a larger scope of activities. From sophisticated attacks on government websites to spam emails offering fake money or prizes in exchange for private information, these white collar crimes are state and federal offenses, potentially carrying lengthy sentences. If you or someone you know has been accused of cybercrimes, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney today.

More Common than Before

According to The Wire magazine, more than 63,000 security data breach incidents occurred in 2013. Of just the 1,367 incidents that were confirmed data breaches by Verizon’s security division, 95 countries were affected. The rise in cybercrimes has been attributed to the privatization of malware, hacktivisim and the increased immersion of technology around the globe, to name a few.

Types of CyberCrimes

Cybercrime occurs when a criminal act is committed over the Internet. Physical evidence is not left behind and the act can be done from anywhere around the world, making it more difficult for law enforcement to track down. There are numerous types of cybercrimes for which a defendant can be prosecuted. The most common types include, but are not limited to:

  • Anonymous internet conduct;
  • Hacking, unauthorized access, spamming and phishing;
  • Web content piracy;
  • Identity theft;
  • Cyber harassment/stalking;
  • Credit card and bank fraud;
  • Cyber theft;
  • Cyber terrorism;
  • Internet sales fraud;
  • Sex crimes;
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography; and
  • Criminal pirating.

While this area of the law is still evolving, defendants accused of committing a cybercrime can face various consequences, if convicted, depending on the severity of the charges, such as probation, restitution, community service, heavy monetary fines, and possible imprisonment. Whether accused of a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to begin defending your case.

How to Get Help

As the growth of cybercrimes continues because of widespread use of the Internet, it is important to know your rights and obligations if facing an accusation or charges. A few key defenses may provide acquittal, if appropriate for the facts of the case. Cybercrime law is complicated and an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney is essential to your case. The Fort Lauderdale Law Offices of Carl H. Lida has decades of experience defending clients in various criminal cases at both the state and federal level. Call (954) 472-5001 today to schedule your initial consultation.

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