United States Cybersecurity Laws – Part III

Cybersecurity is the most important measure for protecting your personal and confidential information. There are cybersecurity incidents taking place on a daily basis. In general, most targets are companies and individuals who yield confidential information such as financial documents. This way, the hackers can use the information to promote their illegal acts or violations. In fact, it is known they use malware and spam to infiltrate electronic devices and extract confidential information.

Spam has been prolifically used by hackers to target victims. The hackers use this method to send unsolicited emails to victims. In other words, they ask them to click on a link or download a file which unbeknownst to the victim contains malware. Then, once the victim has downloaded the malware, his or her computer will be infected. The virus will extract personal information and send it back to the hacker. The virus may also use a “keylogger” to track the victim’s activities. It can track and record the victim’s financial transactions and find a way to log into his/her bank accounts.

Hackers can find their victims by using several methods. For example, phishing scams have been used to lure their victims into traps. They use instant messages and text messages to contact their victims. The hackers use these methods to take the victim’s usernames and passwords without authorization. They will try to gain access to the victim’s financial accounts and extract funds without authorization. As a result, the hackers will ruin the victim’s credit by opening up credit card or mortgage accounts without authorization. They can obtain cash advances if they gain access to the financial information. They will also utilize the victim’s social security number to engage in fraudulent activities.

It’s important for everyone to protect themselves in the most efficient manner. First, you should identify and locate the confidential information – i.e., know what it is and where it’s stored. Then, you should back it up to an external hard drive and store it in a safe location. Second, you should implement security measures on your computer networks which may include servers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. The security measures can include firewall, encryption, and two-factor authentication. It can also include an intrusion detection and prevention system that controls network traffic. An intrusion detection and prevention system that is properly configured should help control network activity. It is usually recommended to update your operating systems on a regular basis. Third, you should take precautions when communicating online. For example, you should avoid opening suspicious messages from unknown senders. You should delete suspicious messages as soon as you receive them. You should use antivirus and antispyware software on all electronic devices.

There are legal options for enforcing your rights when you fall victim to unscrupulous hackers. In most cases, the victim cannot identify the hacker’s identity for obvious reasons. Our law firm has been able to unmask the anonymous hacker’s identity since we have access to the right tools and resources. Our law firm has been able to obtain legal and equitable damages for our clients. Legal damages include “monetary damages” and equitable damages include “temporary restraining orders” and “injunctions” which are court orders requiring a person to refrain from a particular act. California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 525, et seq. discuss these forms of legal relief and outline the circumstances in which they may be granted to litigants. So, for example, the judge can order the defendant to pay monetary damages and refrain from hacking into plaintiff’s computers. It is important to note that every case is different, and as such, the final outcome of the legal action may vary.

Our law firm assists clients in matters related to cybersecurity. It’s important to know your legal rights and responsibilities when involved in internet transactions. Please contact our law firm to speak with an internet attorney at your earliest convenience.