Surfing the web is part of most everyday routines. Crooks are skilled at identifying creative ways to swipe personal data or plant a virus. For a business, it could mean thousands lost.
Nevada’s Fraud Task Force says phishing scams and viruses have increased over the past year. The promise of a good deal which pops up in email could teach a lesson instead.
“It’s a game or something which promises to speed up the Internet,” says Nicholas Wooldridge, a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.
On February 7, 2018, federal authorities announced arrests linked to a Nevada-based investigation of a global cybercrime ring which defrauded persons around the world. Their take? Over $530 million.
“Infraud Organization,” which used the slogan “In Fraud We Trust,” took part in the disbursement of stolen IDs as well as stolen debit and credit cards.
Thirty-six persons from seventeen nations were arrested in the case known within the Justice Department as “Operation Shadow Web.” The charges will be prosecuted in Nevada because “a certain level of expertise has developed in the state” said U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson.
Operation Shadow Web comes on the heels of another Nevada investigation which let to 55 people being indicted for their connection to a fraud syndicate called “Carder.su.” Carder.su trafficked in stolen IDs and victims lost over $50 million. Carder.su had almost 8,000 members world-wide and affected hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Unlawful acts with computers and information services are offenses in Nevada. They are most places, but Nevada takes cyber crimes more seriously than most. Get convicted of computer fraud in Nevada and your chances of working in the future are almost non existent. Pass a background check? Forget it.
What acts are illegal for purposes of Nevada’s computer crimes law?
A person who knowingly, willfully and without authorization:
- Retains possession of, or
Attempts to do any of the things on this list to a computer, computer program, network, or hardware device is guilty of a computer crime in Nevada.
The Internet has grown into our lives as an appendage. The prevalence of cyber crooks has increased and defending against Internet crimes is difficult.
Cyber Task Force
Nevada’s Cyber Crime Task Force has a forensics lab where electronic footprints left by hackers and pirates are picked up and tracked.
A multi-agency task force, the lab investigates the exploding number of computer-related crimes and works with the financial crimes unit of Metro Police as well as the FBI and Secret Service.
With electronic tools, like Encase, specialists can unlock deleted files from hard drives and find other clues cyber crooks have left behind. In addition to Encase, the lab has an evidence vault, a forensics area lined with computer equipment, office space and several meeting rooms.
“The knowledge to combat these kinds of crime is critical to meeting the challenges faced today,” said Nicholas Wooldridge, a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney.
Cyber crime is increasing according to an FBI report. The reported detailed a survey of over 500 computer-security practitioners for a variety of industries including financial organizations, colleges and state governments. Of the 500 participants in the study, almost 190 reported losing over $375 million in computer-linked crimes.