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Defending against modern cyber threats in Florida

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | White Collar Crimes

Navigating the legal landscape of cybercrime in Florida can be daunting. It’s especially true if you’re facing charges related to creating ransomware or making deepfakes. Building a strong defense and understanding your rights is crucial.

Learning about modern cyber threats

Malicious software known as ransomware encrypts your files or locks you out of your device. Once it does, it demands payment to unlock. Deepfakes, which use artificial intelligence to make convincing fake audio or video recordings, are popular tools to commit fraud and other white collar crimes. They’re also a way to spread disinformation. 

Understand the law

Florida’s cybercrime laws comprehensively cover a variety of digital offenses. Notable statutes include:

  • Unauthorized Access (Florida Statute 815.06): It prohibits unauthorized access to computer systems, networks, or devices. You see this pop up in hacking cases.
  • Offenses Against Users of Computers, Systems, Networks, and Devices (Florida Statute 815.04): It addresses the transmission of malware, including ransomware. It also covers the unauthorized disruption or denial of computer services.
  • Cyberstalking (Florida Statute 784.048(1)(d)): It involves using electronic communication to harass, stalk, or threaten another person. Misusing technology to intimidate or control also falls under this statute, like making deepfakes.

Challenge the evidence

In cybercrime cases, the defense often hinges on the digital evidence. Question the evidence’s accuracy and integrity by examining how it got collected, handled, and preserved. Investigate any potential privacy breaches or procedural errors. If you find them, they could render the evidence inadmissible.

Explore defenses unique to cybercrime

A compelling defense may involve demonstrating a lack of intent to commit a crime. For example, software developed for legitimate purposes might have gotten misused without your consent. Given the internet’s anonymity, wrongful accusations based on incorrect IP addresses or digital trails are also possible.

Prevent future legal issues

While addressing current charges, take proactive steps to mitigate future legal complications. Keep detailed records of your online activities and communications. If the police charge you with a cybercrime, understanding what steps to take can be vital in handling the situation appropriately. 


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