Late last year, authorities in San Bernardino County accused two 16-year-old students of Internet crimes related to hacking and data theft, after the teens allegedly accessed their school’s computer system to change and modify grades.

Police were first made aware of the alleged crime after school administrators reported that several teacher websites had been hacked. However, it remains unclear if the accused suspects were responsible for hacking the teacher websites, or if the hack affected only grades. Authorities confirmed that the suspects also stood accused of conducting other data theft, though details surrounding those charges were not disclosed.

A complete investigation into the matter was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office. In the wake of the data hack, police confirmed that the school district had taken immediate steps to safeguard their networks.

The Rise of Internet Crimes

Internet crimes are still a fairly new area of law. The advent of information technology, paired with the increased power of computing technology, has created a huge demand for the Internet, to the point where it plays a significant role in our everyday lives.

Unfortunately, that also means that the Internet has become a significant venue to engage in a variety of illegal activities. In fact, Internet crimes have one of the fastest growing crime rates nationwide.

Types of Internet Crimes

Crimes involving the Internet are not always cut and dry. There are a number of activities that involve chat rooms, websites, emails and the like that may be deemed criminal.

Some of the most common Internet crimes today include:

  • Hacking or unlawfully accessing a network or computer system
  • Changing, copying, damaging or stealing data or software
  • Cyberstalking – stalking another person over the Internet (one of the most common complaints)
  • Network and computer intrusion – any unauthorized or otherwise illegal access to a computer system that is meant to manipulate critical information, like confidential data
  • Fraud – communicating fraudulent representations to customers
  • Phishing – sending an email that directs victims to fake sites that help steal personal information like credit card numbers, passwords or bank account information
  • Identity theft – stealing and using another person’s personal information without their knowledge, with the intent to commit fraud and/or theft
  • Revenge Porn-Posting nude photos of a former parnter on the internet without their consent and to embarass or otherwise harm them.

Being accused of an Internet crime is a very serious matter. The legal process around these crimes can be incredibly complicated. In some cases, a person may have been a victim of identity theft, phishing or a related crime, yet they are still charged.

That’s why it’s always in your best interest to seek the guidance of a qualified defense attorney. If you are ever contacted by law enforcement regarding anything internet related, you should IMMEDIATELY contact David S. Kestenbaum to deal with the Investigators.

Criminal Defense Attorneys Specializing in Internet Crime

In Los Angeles and the surrounding communities of Southern California, the criminal defense team at Kestenbaum Law Group advocates on behalf of those facing criminal accusations and charges, including those involving crimes on the Internet. Our attorneys can work with you to assess your case, explore your legal options and guide you through the legal process to a favorable end result. From day one, we are committed to protecting you and your rights.

Do not delay – our firm can help build your legal defense today. To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our criminal defense team, call Kestenbaum Law Group today at (818) 616-4312.