What is a Federal Cybercrime?

Cybercrime is a popular term, but it’s also extremely broad. With how quickly technology is evolving you may not know what exactly the term entails. More importantly, you may be unaware of what is considered a federal cybercrime. If you have been accused of committing a cybercrime, you may need to speak with a federal criminal defense attorney in Tampa.

In this article, we will focus on some of the most popular types of cybercrime. Without the right federal criminal defense lawyer in Tampa, if you are wrongfully convicted of any of these types of cybercrime, it could result in a very long sentencing in federal prison. Feel free to visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) website for more information on what constitutes a federal cyber crime.

Computer and Network Intrusions

Regardless of your knowledge level on the topic of cybercrime, we are all aware of “hacking.” Hacking crimes have become so sophisticated that they are the main priority of the FBI’s cyber division. Billions of dollars are compromised every year fixing systems affected by hackers. These systems hit by a hacking attack affect the functionality of everything from large corporations, to hospitals, to police stations. Many of these hacking crimes fall under what the FBI considers computer intrusion cases for “counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal.”


Another common cybercrime the FBI monitors is ransomware which is when you receive one of those spam emails that has an attachment. If you click on the link, you may be allowing a ransomware code to redirect you to a website that contains software designed to infect your computer and encrypt your personal information. Eventually, this results in online ransom messages instructing the victim of how to pay to decrypt the information, usually through Bitcoin.

Online Predators

Online predator crimes can entail anything from communication through illegally run websites involving child pornography, to communication through online bulletin boards, to peer-to-peer sharing mediums, to messaging a minor through social media platforms like Facebook. Depending on the significance of the crime, the penalty can be anywhere from a few years in prison to over forty years.

If you have been wrongfully accused of a cybercrime, a federal criminal defense lawyer in Tampa is here to give you the legal counsel you require.

For a free consultation with an experienced federal defense attorney in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 370-1185 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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