In the world of finance, one of the greatest risks to sensitive financial information is hacking. When a hacker breaks into a company’s archives, emails or network, there is a real possibility that personal information could be stolen along with financial data.
Hacking into an organization’s network is against the law unless a person has permission to do so to find gaps in security. Misusing data, such as credit card numbers or personal identification information, obtained through a hack could lead to federal charges.
Yes, it is, but you will need to be sure that you have a highly technical defense to meet the technical nature of the charges. It’s smart to work with an attorney who has a history of fighting hacking charges (and winning) because this charge could result in severe penalties and jail time. Merely accessing a computer without permission -- even just to look around -- could net you between one and five years for a single offense under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Aside from obtaining unauthorized access into a protected computer, hacking can include a variety of behaviors, including actions like:
These are by no means the only potential crimes associated with hacking, just some of the most common.
If you've been charged with a hacking-related crime, the situation is very serious. You need to understand all of the potential options available for your defense.