What Are the Most Common Types of Cybercrime? | Wichita Criminal Defense Lawyer
As technology has become increasingly ingrained in our everyday lives, with internet access at the tips of your fingertips, the 21st century has witnessed an influx of cybercrime. Because cybercrime is one of the fastest-growing hazards of living in the digital age, and law enforcement has begun to crack down on offenders, it is important to familiarize yourself with the types of cybercrime so that you don’t unknowingly commit or become the victim of a cyber attack. Jonathan W. McConnell, founding Wichita criminal defense lawyer at the McConnell Law Firm, has detailed everything you need to know about cybercrime below!
What Is Cyber Crime?
The term “cybercrime” is an extremely broad legal term referring to any illegal act conducted through the use of internet or crimes aided by forms of computer technology such as smartphones and social media. Generally speaking, cybercrime charges often involve a defendant’s unauthorized access to confidential information stored online or in internet databases. Unfortunately, because many cyber and internet crimes rely significantly on circumstantial evidence, wrongful accusations are not uncommon and may result in a conviction if you don’t have the right criminal defense lawyer by your side.
Common Types of Cyber Crime
As modern technology is constantly advancing, more and more people have access to digital systems, creating an increase in your likelihood to violate cyber security regulations, whether intentional or not. Because cybercrime is one of the fastest-growing and potentially damaging occurrences in current times, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has identified the three most prevalent categories of cybercrime, including cyber attacks, cyber theft, and other computer security threats. Some of the most common examples of these crimes include:
- Identity Theft
- Bank Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Phishing Attacks
- Stalking, Threatening, or Bullying
- Child Pornography
- Sex Trafficking
- Service Theft
- Computer Hacking
- Credit Card Fraud
- Internet Extortion
- Drug Crimes
“The most common types of cybercrime that I have encountered would be identity theft, embezzlement, child pornography cases, and other types of internet theft,” said Jonathan W. McConnell, founding Wichita criminal defense lawyer at the McConnell Law Firm. “Cybercrime is a very broad term because there are numerous statutes and federal laws that such acts can fall under, but traditionally what people consider cyber crimes are acts governed by federal laws and jurisdiction.”
Penalties for Cyber Crimes
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crimes were filed in 2020, with a reported loss exceeding $4.2 billion to companies and individuals. Because the cost of cybercrime is so high, and more business activities and personal interactions are moving to online platforms, the penalties for cybercrime are oftentimes severe and long-lasting. There are a number of federal laws and statutes addressing computer-related crimes, with many defendants facing costly fines, prison time, probation, restitution, and community service. Because many cybercrimes occur in conjunction with other federal offenses, you may be facing multiple criminal charges and increased penalties upon conviction.
How To Protect Yourself
While protecting yourself from becoming the victim of cybercrime may seem impossible, there are several ways you can better protect yourself against the threat of damaging cyber activity. Our Wichita criminal defense lawyers at the McConnell Law Firm recommend implementing the following practices when dealing with any online activity:
- Use smart passwords.
- Install reliable anti-virus and anti-spyware on all of your devices.
- Keep your computer’s operating system up to date.
- Download carefully and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you don’t know.
- Only visit reliable online websites.
- Shut down your computer when it’s not in use.
“The best thing you can do to protect yourself against cyber attacks is to install anti-virus on your devices and ensure you aren’t sending certain sensitive information via email, such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, etc.” said McConnell. “Use common sense when navigating the internet, and don’t click on any links if you suspect something is wrong.”
Have You Been Accused?
If you have been falsely accused of committing a cybercrime, we encourage you to contact the McConnell Law Firm as soon as possible. While every case is different, and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting a Wichita criminal defense lawyer about the specifics of your case, it is always in your best interest to have a skilled attorney by your side from the beginning.
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