Texas and federal authorities take allegations of internet fraud very seriously. Internet fraud occurs when a person or group uses internet services or software to defraud or take advantage of other individuals. There are several methods that are often used to commit this type of crime.
One form of internet fraud, called business e-mail compromise, occurs when an individual or group targets a business that works with foreign companies or suppliers. The group uses intrusion techniques to make unauthorized monetary transfers. During a data breach, individuals or groups may get a hold of confidential or sensitive information that they are not authorized to be in possession of. During a denial of service, an individual or group interrupts an authorized user’s access to a network or system.
Some individuals or groups may turn to malicious software that is designed to damage or disable computer systems remotely. Phishing occurs when an e-mail falsely claiming to be an established business attempts to deceive the recipients into giving up sensitive information, like bank account information. Ransomware is a form of malware that attempts to deny businesses access to critical data through a series of encryptions. The perpetrator may then demand payment before giving them back access to their data.
Those who are accused of committing a federal crime such as internet fraud could face serious consequences including incarceration and fines. The resulting criminal record may also prevent them from obtaining gainful employment later on. A criminal law attorney may assist with defending those who are facing these types of charges, particularly if the evidence is scant or if there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.