Computer Crimes

What Are Your Rights if The Federal Government Wants to Search or Seize Your Computers?

By Lee Koch | January 31, 2023 | Comments Off on What Are Your Rights if The Federal Government Wants to Search or Seize Your Computers?

Federal law enforcement may want to search your computer’s contents at some point if you’re under investigation for cybercrime.  Computer evidence might be valuable for prosecuting many other crimes as well. So, it’s essential to understand what your rights are regarding digital evidence.  Laws Governing Computer Searches The most important law governing computer searches is…

Cryptocurrency and Wire Fraud: What You Need to Know

By Lee Koch | September 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Cryptocurrency and Wire Fraud: What You Need to Know

Cryptocurrency fraud is on the rise, and the Department of Justice is devoting a lot of resources to stopping it.   While some argue over how cryptocurrency should be classified, the DOJ isn’t waiting. As reported in Reuters, they’re using the federal wire fraud statute to prosecute cases, instead. So far, they’ve used it to go…

How a New York Lawyer Defends Against Identity Theft Charges

By Lee Koch | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on How a New York Lawyer Defends Against Identity Theft Charges

It’s easy to get wrongfully accused of identity theft. Just ask the victims of identity theft that got accused of it when they tried to report it.  When that happens, you’ll need an experienced attorney with a solid defense strategy. Since identity theft can be prosecuted at both the state level and the federal level,…

In the News: Feds Continue to Crack down on Covid-19 Fraud

By Lee Koch | April 17, 2020 | Comments Off on In the News: Feds Continue to Crack down on Covid-19 Fraud

Covid-19 hasn’t been around very long, but it’s already become a criminal enterprise worth over $13.4 million.  Most of the scams take place online. Perpetrators sell fake cures and counterfeit PPE, not just to individuals, but to agencies and hospitals as well. They run financial relief schemes and take advantage of remote work vulnerabilities to…

Federal Investigators Set COVID-19 Priorities

By Lee Koch | March 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Federal Investigators Set COVID-19 Priorities

People who want to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a focus for their fraudulent activities might want to think twice. The DoJ has made a firm commitment to put any cases touching on COVID-19 front and center of their current investigation efforts. This includes prioritizing: Cases where individuals are selling fake cures and faulty health…

3 Myths About White Collar Crime

By Lee Koch | January 16, 2020 | Comments Off on 3 Myths About White Collar Crime

White collar crime costs society $1 trillion every year. It is the most common form of crime, far more common than violent crime, and yet is widely misunderstood. Indeed, many people believe that it’s extremely rare.  In part, it’s misunderstood because it’s so arcane. As The Harvard Business Review writes: “It bores us. Complicated financial…

Could a Cyber-Crime Result in a Murder Charge?

By Lee Koch | November 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Could a Cyber-Crime Result in a Murder Charge?

This October, PBS reported on a ransomware attack that hit a county health hospital in Wisconsin.  “Campbell County Health reported systemwide crippling of their computers that affected its flagship hospital and nearly 20 clinics located in the city of Gillette. For eight hours, the hospital’s emergency department was forced to transfer patients even though the…

What is Criminal Copyright Infringement?

By Lee Koch | August 28, 2019 | Comments Off on What is Criminal Copyright Infringement?

While even a single pirated movie or software package could result in civil penalties, it usually takes a lot more to spark a criminal copyright case. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take these seriously. When the FBI takes notice of intellectual property violations they are relentless, and if you are convicted you can face…

How Do You Know Your Cybercrime Lawyer Has Enough Experience?

By Lee Koch | November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on How Do You Know Your Cybercrime Lawyer Has Enough Experience?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of qualified criminal lawyers in the State of New York. These private defense lawyers handle theft charges, DWI cases, and even allegations of sexual abuse on a regular basis. While defense to any criminal offense requires a substantial amount of training and knowledge, cybercrimes seem to be a category…

How Should You Define Cyber Terrorism?

By Lee Koch | November 14, 2018 | Comments Off on How Should You Define Cyber Terrorism?

Our team at Koch Law has a particular focus on defending cybercrimes, including cyber identity theft, computer fraud, cyber warfare, DDOS attacks, and cyber terrorism. Unlike many traditional practice areas of criminal law, for example, assault or murder, the exact definition of many cybercrimes is consistently changing. What is the reason for a shift in…