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June 5, 2020

Cybercrime in Today’s Ever-Changing Digital Landscape

In this Modern Age, we are faced with rapid developments, especially in the aspect of Information Technologies. The Internet is paramount of all these developments. It has helped communicating from around the world easier and more efficient.

Cyberlaw is something new in the aspect of the legal system. It encompasses the complex way businesses and individuals use the World Wide Web. Now that almost every person, as well as most businesses and organisations, use and rely on the Internet, regulating online conduct has become increasingly important.

Thus, cyberlaw was created in order to protect Internet users from ruthless criminals who take advantage of the fact that they can easily remain anonymous in the cyber world.

Cybercrime Investigations

A private forensic investigator can help with cybercrime investigation regardless of whether it’s civil or criminal in nature. They are able to provide you with any kind of assistance to achieve your desired outcome on cybercrime-related issues. Forensic investigators assist all kinds of clients, from law firms to corporations, individuals and small businesses.

Computer forensics cover two main areas and the first one has something to do with analysing the computer’s physical hardware, such as computer hard drives or mobile phones. This also involves recovering and preserving relevant data. On the other hand, the second aspect is focused on Internet activities that involves analysing online accounts and webpages. A technician might also be required to analyse a physical computer or device. Sometimes, they may need to investigate a website, online account, or both.

When dealing with cybercrime, police officers usually can’t provide appropriate assistance to their victims. That’s because they are often overwhelmed with reports concerning criminal activities online. Also, they generally don’t have enough resources to handle these cases, especially the most serious ones. However, police officers will most likely treat the issue seriously with the help of a forensic investigator.

The forensic investigators will be tasked to provide solid digital evidence of the case, which makes the process of handling the case easier. They can be relied on especially in handling civil matters. For instance, most of those who commit defamation carry it out anonymously over the Internet. Forensic investigators may be able to uncover the location and identity the culprit in order to serve legal notices. Even on issues that were initially treated as a criminal, the investigator may be able to potentially assist the individual in taking a civil action if law enforcement won’t be able to help.

For example, at Investigators Australia, we handled this particular case involving a dispute in the contract. When one of the parties of the contract had been hacked, the perpetrators replaced the bank details and interrupted the payment between the two parties. So the task was to identify which party in the contract had been hacked and who will be held liable for the money that was lost.

The case was resolved after we gathered evidence that proved that our client was not hacked. Even though this matter involved criminal action on the part of the hacker, it’s a perfect example of how we can help in civil actions if the police aren’t able to do anything on their end.

Common Cybercrime Cases

As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, cyberbullies have also become very sophisticated in carrying out their malicious activities. In fact, cyber investigators were truly impressed at how clever and sophisticated the tools that cybercriminals are using these days are. But investigators are prepared for this. They are equipped with more sophisticated tools so they always have an edge when it comes to running after the culprits and catching them.

One of the most common forms of cybercrime is hacking. Thousands of individuals and businesses from around the world have fallen victim to this malicious practice. In fact, studies show that in 2018, about a third of adults in Australia, has dealt with some form of hacking.

This type of cybercrime is quite broad. It could refer to attacks pertaining to the different kinds of malware such as spyware, viruses, and ransomware to hijack the computer system and network in order to get access to confidential data. Cybercriminals use ransomware to prevent users from accessing a specific system or device and will demand ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoins.

Another common case concerning cybercrime is when employees misuse the company’s confidential information, patented materials, trade secrets, and intellectual property. Recently, we handled a case where our client owns a healthcare centre and one of the employees was able to get access to the personal information of the clients, which caused a problem to the company.

Our job was to gather evidence to prove that the employee was behind the data breach and we were able to deliver what was expected. In situations like these, we would suggest that employers establish a policy for workplace surveillance during employment so that these risks are effectively managed.

How Can Private Investigators Help?

In situations that involve defamation, online harassment, or hacking, we make sure that all evidence concerning the activity is documented.

It’s difficult to investigate criminal activity and bullying online, so any evidence that can help the investigators with their job can increase the possibility of achieving a favourable outcome. Forensic experts can help to reveal the identity of the culprit who has been anonymously committing the cybercrime.

Contract disputes can also be resolved with the help of an investigator. Furthermore, a digital forensic technician, for instance, can help prove whether or not a particular email was sent or if there’s a hacking activity going on. Sometimes, it’s necessary to access a device such as a computer or a smartphone when it comes to handling cybercrime.

Investigation firms like Investigators Australia can offer consultation and advice to businesses and individuals when it comes to improving cybersecurity and minimising the risk of getting compromised.

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