Cyberattacks are becoming more common, dangerous and advanced every day. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is in charge of handling the investigation of cyberattacks, so if you violate certain laws, you could end up being investigated by the FBI. Cyberattacks can be significant. Many of the cases, called computer intrusion cases, affect national security, the businesses used in the United States and cost the country billions.

What are some common cyberattacks?

Common kinds of cyberattacks include:

  • Identity theft
  • Hacking
  • Disrupting or disabling emergency services
  • Ransomware
  • Phishing
  • Inciting terrorism or hate
  • DDoS attacks

Cybercrimes come in many forms. They can attack networks and devices, or they can be used to commit criminal activities that affect individuals, like phishing, cyberstalking or identity theft.

Property, individual and government cybercrimes can happen. The most serious is government cybercrime, though every kind can result in charges where you’re penalized significantly.

What should you do if you’re accused of participating in a cyberattack or cybercrime?

Whether it’s a cybercrime or cyberattack, it’s important for you to be cautious when you find that you’re being questioned or added to an investigation as a person of interest. One of the better things to do at that point is to reach out to your attorney so that you can talk about the potential ways to protect yourself. Some people do end up involved in these attacks accidentally, while others fully intended their actions. Regardless of your intentions, a good defense is essential.

Our website has more information on federal crimes, white collar crimes and what to do if you’re accused of participating in cybercrimes against the government, business or individual.