If you work for the government or for a financial institution, you could find yourself in prime territory for computer, hi-tech or E-crime, also known as cybercrime.
An investigation may be underway regarding a possible computer crime with you as the target. What should you do now?
Computer crime explained
A computer crime involves the unlawful exploitation of computer technology. It is a felony as addressed in Section 1030 of the United States Code. The crime itself might have to do with embezzlement, identity theft or fraud. Because computer crime usually involves work on the internet, evidence-gathering is a complex activity and investigations take time.
About protected computers
It is a crime to access and take information without authorization from a protected computer. This refers to a computer used by a financial institution having deposits insured through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The term can also apply to computers used either at the Federal Reserve or a Federal Reserve Bank and to those used in the legislative or judicial branches as well as the executive departments of the United States Government.
Defense strategy development
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security are in charge of pursuing those who are allegedly engaged in cybercrime. The penalties involving the unauthorized breach of a protected computer can include heavy fines coupled with imprisonment. However, since the efforts to gather evidence usually take considerable time, there is a window of opportunity to begin building an effective defense strategy. If you are the person under investigation, a proactive attitude affords you the best outcome possible for your case.