If you were not a PNC Bank of Bank of America customer, you may not have
hackers had infiltrateddatabases making it impossible for customers to do their banking on-line.
Other than some majorly inconvenienced customers, no money was stolen.
But, the event, although not highly publicized, was a greatly symbolic
when it comes to the world of cybercrime. It underscored what the criminal
defense attorneys at Sullivan & Brill have known for some time: computer
hackers, if they choose to, can rule the world.
There is no doubt that cybercrime – or computer crime – is
becoming one of most prominent types of criminal activity that face our
country today. Here in New York, the NYPD and the major DA’s offices
have set up bureaus focused entirely on it. New York City Council Speaker,
Christine Quinn calls cybercrime, “the new crime scene of the modern
Cybercrime comes in all forms. At Sullivan & Brill, we have represented
individuals who have been accused of committing all different types of
cybercrime. At the top, are the hackers, who use sophisticated software
to infiltrate or “inject” the program into a large database,
like a bank, and steal credit card numbers, debit card numbers as well
as the customer’s pin numbers and passwords. In a highly organized
and efficient operation, the hacker works with many others who steal this
information, or in some cases, the cash itself. The operation ends quickly
– sometimes over the course of a weekend when the company is - literally
– not minding the store.
There are lesser degrees of cybercrime as well, such as identity thefts.
In these cases, a smaller group of individuals will steal credit card
or social security numbers and use the cardholder’s identity to
purchase various types of merchandise. At times, the credit card numbers
are gathered by special machines that a cashier at a department store
or a restaurant may possess. The customer will have no idea that this
event has occurred until they receive their credit card bill or a call
from the credit card company.
The criminal attorneys at Sullivan & Brill have developed special experience
when it comes to representing individuals charged with
cybercrimes or computer crimes. Our knowledge of the computer science, as well as the criminal defense
process makes us an excellent fit for legal representation if you have
been investigated or arrested for a cybercrime.