Cyber crime

Cyber-crime is a complicated area which is constantly evolving. Investigations can be technically complex and they require a team with the specialist expertise to deal with them. 

The term cyber-crime encompasses a whole range of criminal activity carried out by means of a computer, or the internet. This includes a range of activities including hacking, phishing, fraud, identity theft and Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.

The National Cyber-Crime Unit (NCCU) is the part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) which has been tasked with investigating cyber-crime in the UK. The Police also have specialist dedicated departments set up to fight cyber-crime.

Investigations in the UK are often part of a coordinated effort brought by numerous overseas law enforcement agencies. Our team is experienced in representing individuals subject to investigation by both UK agencies and overseas enforcement agencies. This can include coordinated efforts with overseas legal teams.

It is becoming more common for commercial organisations to resort to private prosecutions as a means of tackling cyber-crime. Prosecutions are frequently brought by organisations such as the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) which are heavily funded by media organisations in the UK and the USA.

We are also able to provide advice to victims of cyber-crime and we can advise corporates and individuals on cyber-crime prevention strategies. If you are under investigation, facing prosecution or you require general advice in the field of cyber-crime our team can help.

Notable work includes:

  • Advising a large corporate who were the victims of a cyber-attack, on the implications of the Computer Misuse Act
  • Advising an individual on this potential liability under the Computer Misuse Act
  • Advising a solicitor at a silver circle law firm concerning alleged breaches of the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Act.