Cyber Crime

Modern technology brings with it modern problems.

Given the extent to which the internet impacts every day life, it is hardly surprising that computers are now both the target of cyber attacks and the weapon of choice for those who wish to behave improperly online.

It is important to recognise that steps can be taken to trace those who commit cyber attacks with a view to obtaining the appropriate Court orders against them to regulate future behaviour/recover losses arising from the attack.

It is also important to recognise that there are a number of proactive and reactive measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk presented by cyber crime.

We have a specialist team of civil and criminal practitioners with a wealth of experience in advising clients on the full spectrum of cyber crime matters.

We have particular experience of advising on:

Hacking/Theft of confidential information

It is imperative that specialist legal advice is sought in the immediate aftermath of a data breach. A failure to take the appropriate steps can carry grave regulatory consequences and increase the chance of being sued in respect of a failure to keep confidential information safe.

Ransomware attacks

We regularly advise victims of ransomware attacks on the appropriate steps that require to be taken to restore the integrity of their electronic operations and ensure the safety of confidential information held.

Impersonation fraud

Fraudsters are getting increasing adept at diverting payments through a multitude of impersonation scams. Speed is key in such circumstances as the best chance of recovering stolen money or property exists in the first few hours after the money or property has been stolen.

Online stalking, bullying and harassment and malicious correspondence

Many people believe that faceless social media accounts provide a “cloak of anonymity” which allows them to behave improperly online without fear of retribution. We have a proven track record of unmasking cyber criminals to ensure that they face the appropriate criminal/civil sanctions.

Revenge porn

We can assist those who have had personal images published without their consent by securing the removal of embarrassing material from the internet. We can also obtain the appropriate Court orders to ensure that no further images can be posted online.

Offences under the Data Protection Act 1998

We have experience of advising those charged with offences under the Data Protection Act 1998, and those that face an interview under caution in that respect.

Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation

We have experience of advising clients on all aspects of preparing for and complying with the General Data Protection Regulation and the reporting requirements imposed by it.

As a member of Lex Mundi (a worldwide network of leading law firms), we have global reach covering 160 jurisdictions worldwide which enables us to seamlessly handle even the most challenging cross-border cyber crime matters.

For more information, please contact Craig Kennedy or James McMillan.