The law concerning the use of technology to conduct criminal activity has developed greatly in recent years in response to the volume of crimes involving technology.
The law concerning cyber security is evolving into a very sophisticated framework of rules and regulations, which can be difficult to navigate without a specialist solicitor. MacRoberts has experience in assisting clients with cyber security.
What is cyber crime?
Cyber crime is any kind of criminal activity that is committed with the use of a computer. This makes cyber crime and cyber security a vast area of law, with greatly varying offences including hacking, fraud, harassment and espionage. Cyber crime and cyber security are not limited by borders, and investigation of such offences may involve a number of international agencies. The main regulator of cyber crime in the UK is the National Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency. This agency investigates, prosecutes and polices instances of cyber crime and breaches of cyber security across the UK.
The main cyber crime offences that we see in relation to corporate offences are:
- Unauthorised access to computer material
- Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate a crime
- Unauthorised modification of computer material
- Making, supplying or obtaining information which can be used in computer misuse offences
These offences are also very broad, and if you are caught assisting in cyber crime at any stage of the process, you may be held liable for committing an offence. The offence of ‘making, supplying or obtaining information which can be used in computer misuse offences’ is designed to catch individuals or organisations which create viruses or spyware designed to be released into a computer network.
The penalties for cyber crime depend on the crime’s severity. Under the Misuse of Computers Act, the lowest offence carries a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment in addition to a fine. All other cyber crime offences can attract up to five years in prison and, in certain circumstances, an unlimited fine.
Cyber Crime Legal Advice & Criminal Defence Scotland
Cyber crime is a fast moving area of law under constant review and changing regularly. If you have been affected by cyber crime in any way, it is crucial that you contact a specialist team of cyber crime lawyers to handle your case.
Our team has specialist knowledge and experience in dealing with cyber crime cases and can navigate the complex rules and regulations in this area. We have many years of experience in advising our clients who have been involved in cyber crime investigations, and can offer expert representation at all stages should you require it.