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Using the internet to commit a crime

| May 31, 2018 | White Collar & Federal Charges

Minnesota residents or anyone else could commit a variety of crimes either on the internet itself or by attacking items connected to the internet. For instance, an internet crime could take place when an individual hacks into a network or gets information online that is used to commit identity theft. However, these are not the only types of crimes that can take place using the internet. For example, criminals can spread viruses or phish for information in emails.

They can also take steps to infringe on copyrights and trademarks or engage in financial extortion. Online crime is an issue in both the United States and countries across the world. In the United States, the FBI and FCC are among agencies tasked with preventing online crimes or holding online criminals accountable for their actions. Those who use the internet can keep their information safe by not sharing it with others and remaining suspicious of unverified claims.

Individuals who are charged with using the internet to commit crimes like extortion or wire fraud could face significant penalties. These penalties may include jail or prison time, fines and paying restitution to victims. An attorney may be able to help an individual dispute a criminal charge and obtain a favorable outcome in his or her case.

This may be done by asserting that an internet connection or computer network was not intentionally used to commit a crime. In some cases, an attorney may argue that a defendant’s network was taken over by another person or entity. Such an action may be taken by another person or entity to make it look like a defendant committed a crime when that person did not engage in criminal activity. If successful, an individual may be acquitted or receive a favorable plea deal.