In November, a California man pled guilty in a New York City cybercrime case that affected more than half a million computers worldwide.

The man’s role in the internet crime was marketing malware that infected computers, according to federal authorities. In addition to marketing and selling a tool for the so-called BlackShades malware, the California man also provided technical assistance.

The malware allowed cybercriminals to access peoples’ computers and webcams remotely. This cybercrime ring reached beyond the United States, and European investigators recently announced the arrests of nearly 100 people who were suspected of using the malware to hack the webcams and computers of more than 500,000 users.

California Cybercrime Penalties

In California, internet crime is taken very seriously, and there are varied penalties depending on the type of computer crime involved. When assessing a punishment, it usually involves the consideration of:

  • The type of computer crime
  • The severity of the crime
  • The value of any losses suffered by the victim
  • And the defendant’s prior criminal history

For example, an internet crime that involves unlawfully accessing, changing, or damaging a computer, computer network, or computer system may result in a fine, imprisonment, or both. The fine can range from $1,000 – $10,000. Imprisonment can be anywhere from 16 months to 3 years. Additionally, if losses were suffered, the defendant may be required to pay compensatory damages to the victim or victims.

Secure an Internet Crimes Attorney

Internet crimes are very serious, and just like any other crime it is possible for an innocent person to be charged with an internet crime they did not commit. If you, or a loved one, are being investigated or charged with an internet crime and don’t know what to do next, the Kestenbaum Law Group can help.

Mr. Kestenbaum has years of experience helping his clients with internet crime charges. He has secured successful verdicts and pleas from juries and prosecutors. Mr. Kestenbaum’s experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney are imperative in his ability to represent his clients. He is able to find holes in the prosecution’s case, and craft a persuasive, effective defense for his clients.

Being charged with an internet crime is not something to be taken lightly. Mr. Kestenbaum can assist you with your charges and fight tirelessly to ensure that your rights are upheld.

For an initial consultation, we welcome your call at (818) 616-4312.