If you are a millennial, you’ve grown up around computers and have experience using them to your advantage. However, beware: The court may try to use your knowledge against you. Learn about 4 common computer crimes and how your knowledge could be incriminating.
Identity theft is the act of using someone else’s personal information, and it can involve state, federal or financial documents. Examples include buying alcohol with someone else’s license or applying for a loan with someone else’s Social Security number. In the case of computer crimes, identity theft often involves stealing credit card information and making false purchases.
Many millennials have experience coding and creating intelligent software systems that help computers run more efficiently. These systems, however, are very similar to malware systems used to access personal information. Because the systems are so similar, a millennial creator may be prone to investigation for malware-related crimes.
2.Accessing Stored Communications
Many millennials use technological skills, such as cloaking their IP addresses or accessing backdoors on the internet, to help large companies create powerful firewall systems. These skills are also used by hackers to access personal emails. The unlawful access of stored communications is a federal computer crime punishable by up to 2 years in prison. If charged, a millennial may appear guilty of committing this crime simply because of their advanced internet knowledge.
Millennials are taught at a young age to use a variety of different computer programs, such as Adobe’s Photoshop or Dreamweaver. Although this knowledge makes for talented, creative designers, it could be used to create believable phishing scams.
Phishing scams attempt to make a capital gain by requesting your account or credit card information, typically via email. Although these emails have been relatively easy to spot in the past, they are now much more sophisticated. Some are disguised as online stores, such as Amazon, or even as local utility companies that ask for recipients to “update their information.”
In order to create these advanced scams, hackers must have graphic design knowledge and the ability to send an email with a false or hidden address. Because many millennials are knowledgeable in both design programs and internet security, they may appear guilty of a crime they did not commit.
4.Non-Delivery of Merchandise
Internet shopping is becoming more and more popular, which makes it easier for someone to list and “sell” a product that doesn’t exist. Although this computer crime first came about with online auction houses, such as eBay, it has reemerged in popularity with low-cost, wholesale websites. The site creators list an “item” for someone to purchase. Once the transaction is complete, the creators take the funds and deposit them in an off-shore or electronic currency account, making it impossible for the government to access the stolen funds.
Many millennials have experience using these wholesale websites and know how to build, edit, and design similar sites via HTML or Dreamweaver. Although perfect for website designing jobs, these skills can make users the prime suspects of computer crime investigations.
Additionally, electronic currencies are extremely popular among the millennial generation. According to a study conducted in 2015, more than 55% of Bitcoin users were millennials. As these accounts are often used to hide dirty money, the court may actually attempt to use your electronic currency against you in a computer crimes case.
Denver Attorney David L. Owen, Jr. Can Protect Your Rights
Most computer crimes are federal offenses punishable by years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. If you are a millennial charged with one of these crimes, I can help protect your rights and fight for you. I have more than 30 years of experience and work directly with computer forensic experts to build you a solid defensive strategy. When you need an effective and experienced Denver computer crimes lawyer, contact me, David L. Owen, Jr.
Contact the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. todayat (303) 622-3281 to schedule a free consultation.