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Hacker Lawyer, Unauthorized Access Lawyer

Experienced hacker lawyer and unauthorized access lawyer:  A funny thing happened on the way to trying to curtail the actions of “hackers” or “crackers”. Congress, and many state legislatures, passed laws defining hacking as “unauthorized access”. A recent court decision has materially expanded the scope of the federal law, and it has opened up huge liability for just about every search engine and other company with employees who use the Web. For the typical business, this means that it is easier for your company to be sued for merely going to another company’s website, whether or not they are a competitor. When you go someplace you should not, Courts can often consider this “hacking”, and you need a hacker lawyer to work through both the civil and criminal implications.

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This decision amplifies the need for managing the online activities of your staff. And it further reinforces the rule of unintended consequences. Civil and criminal exposure for unauthorized access to a website must be managed proactively. But you will need an experienced hacker lawyer and unauthorized access hacker lawyer. At Cybertriallawyer.com we have represented many companies and individuals prosecuting and defending hacking claims:

  • Mom is sued by a major ISP for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when it turns out her son sent commercial email through her home ISP connection.
  • A college student finds himself in serious trouble for accessing the database system of a major university.
  • The former CFO of a well known public company is accused of hacking into his wife’s computer during their divorce separation.
  • A Mexican client is pursued for writing and executing a program that spiders a competing website for data.
  • An Internet company is sued for visiting a competing website after being told not to do so.
  • An Internet company is investigated by the FBI for using a spider to access and retrieve information from a website for which it was a registered member. It turned out that the competitor had changed its “terms of use” to make it look like our client’s conduct was expressly unauthorized.
  • An Internet company is pursued civilly and also by the FBI for taking information from the public area of a competitor’s website.
  • A competitor hacks into our client’s computers and steals a broad range of trade secret information including customer and prospect lists and client communications.
  • A medical professional had a Trojan horse installed on his computer, a group accessed his computer and took sensitive medical information, and then undertake a campaign to intimidate him.
  • A merchant had a competitor access its site, run a computer program that “scrapted” the site of valuable data and information and launched a competing site with that information.
  • A major online telecom company claimed our client, a senior network engineer, sabotaged its computer systems after being fired.
  • Our online real estate client had its listings end up on a new and competing website after the start-up “spidered” and “scraped” listings and extensive information off of our client’s site.
  • Our client was sued for allegedly placing a keystroke tracker on a computer in order to obtain access to another party’s private email.
  • A federal lawsuit was initiated alleging that our client stole a competitor’s intellectual property by hacking into its secure server.
  • We filed a federal lawsuit alleging that an unknown person had hacked into our client’s email accounts and sent out confidential and damaging information to employees.
  • Competitors were accessing our client’s website contrary to its terms of use and downloading client information on the site to market its own services.
  • A start-up competitor to our client’s real estate related online business accessed our client’s website and stole designs and formats for products and services.
  • Our client was accused by an online company of using SQL injection attacks to gain unauthorized access to information on the website.
  • A competitor real estate company was using “screen scraping” on our client’s site to obtain property listing information created by our client.
  • A state Attorney General sued our client for unfair competition relating to alleged hacking into a major competitor’s website to obtain information it then sold.
  • A competitor of our client was advertising for someone to steal our client’s content by going to its site despite being put on notice that such acess is unauthorized.
  • A former employee of our client kept accessing websites after the employee left in order to obtain trade secret information and market competing products.
  • We determined the legal manner in which a competitor could access other sites and obtain information.
  • Our client wanted to retrieve data from websites without each website’s permission by running a computer program within the private area of the sites.
  • A competitor of our client was hacking into an industry review site and modifying the link so that when people wanted to visit our client’s site they went instead to the competitor’s site.
  • A sports book site had its daily picks taken every day from its private membership area and displayed on a competing site for no charge.
  • A blood relative of our client had obtained access to his website and was redirecting traffic from our client’s site to a new one he had launched.
  • Our client’s website shopping cart was hacked into and false credit card charges were passed through to a major payment processor.
  • A hacker broke into our client’s email account, stole his contacts, and posted messages claiming to be him on industry blogs.
  • A retailer brought legal action our client, a former business partner, alleging unauthorized access and hacking into the company accounts.
  • A website was unhappy with a programmer’s work and filed suit claiming he stole trade secrets from their network system after gaining unauthorized access.

Doesn’t it strike you that many of these situations turn upon the definition of “unauthorized access”? Of course. While many would consider a hacker lawyer and unauthorized access hacker  lawyer as different in nature, they are exactly the same. Consider the fact that the question of authorization in the online world usually involves the interpretation of the content and enforceability of the user agreement. Now consider that many user agreements on the web are often unenforceable based upon FTC regulations and some court decisions. Also consider that the content can be changed at any time, and the registered users are often not told about the changes. It is not hard to envision an explosion of “unauthorized access” claims between competitors. And that is exactly what is happening, and why your business needs an expert unauthorized access hacker lawyer or hacker lawyer on your side. This is very much an evolving area of law, and when you are faced with an unauthorized access matter, we know exactly what questions to ask. While we have handled many civil and criminal “hacking” cases, most get resolved to everyone’s satisfaction prior to formal legal proceedings because we take a pro-active approach. Experience counts, particularly when you are dealing with a label of “hacker” for “unauthorized access” issues. You’ll need a seasoned and experienced hacker lawyer for both clearance/compliance issues and defense if such a claim raises its ugly head.

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Has your website, email, software or systems been accessed by a third party without authorization? Have you, or your business, been accused of doing so? Go to our contact page or call us today at 877-849-0174 to schedule a phone consultation with an experienced hacker lawyer and unauthorized access hacker lawyer.

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