With ever changing technology, it comes as no surprise that this is an area of the law that is also ever changing and expanding. The main type of case one sees in this area is computer hacking: where someone has, without authorization, accessed another computer to fraudulently obtain sensitive data often involving financial information. Any unauthorized invasion of privacy via computer constitutes hacking and can be criminally prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 1030 which is the primary charge in this area. The federal computer fraud statute is so convoluted that it is several pages in length covering a variety of offenses including unauthorized access to government data, financial data, personal computer data, etc.
In any case involving computer fraud, it may be necessary to obtain the services of a forensic expert with significant computer expertise. Our firm has been involved in reconstructing digital data, reviewing hard drives and otherwise accessing deleted materials to determine whether federal crimes have occurred and, if so, who participated in their commission. Because this is a sophisticated area of the law, that involves sophisticated computer technology, such forensic expertise is oftentimes indispensible in defending against alleged violations of Title 18 U.S.C. § 1030.