FBI Cracks Down on Internet Crimes during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which seeks to remind businesses and the public of the crimes that can be perpetrated online and the ways everyone can make the internet more secure. The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

The FBI takes this opportunity to remind the public of major recent federal charges and convictions in the online arena, including:

  • The conviction of an online actor who tried to access university databases to commit fraud and identity theft;
  • Charges against a North Korean regime-backed programmer; and
  • Seventy-four arrests in this country and abroad of members of an international criminal network participating in a plan to infiltrate business email accounts.

“Realistically, we know we can’t prevent every attack, or punish every hacker,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. Director Wray added that the FBI will continue to build on the initiatives it has in place to ferret out cybercrime and will continue to try to forge new partnerships with tech companies and others to keep the U.S. at the forefront of cybersecurity.

Contact a Chicago, IL Internet Crimes Attorney

The FBI treats internet crimes very firmly. As the FBI has said, they are aware that they cannot catch every perpetrator of internet crimes, so the people they accuse will be fully investigated and punished if possible.

Penalties can be extreme and life-changing. It should not be assumed that just because a computer crime is not a crime of violence that you will not go to prison. While each case is different and each charge carries different suggested sentencing ranges, you can be sure that prison is almost always on the table for those convicted of an internet crime.

A knowledgeable Chicago, IL internet crimes lawyer can review the allegations against you and identify your best defenses. Our firm’s lawyer can also advise you on likely outcomes of your case and how you can prepare for your trial or negotiations.

Internet crime charges often hinge on high-tech issues that will involve computer experts. It is critical to your defense to have an attorney who understands this aspect of your case. It is not enough for an attorney to be well-versed in criminal law, he or she must also understand this very technical subject manner.

The Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel has the experience needed to represent clients accused of internet crimes. Contact our office today at 312-629-0669 to set up a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/ncsam-2018

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