Areas of Experience
- Computer Misuse Act 1990
- Computer hacking
- DDOS attacks
- The ‘Dark Web’
36 Crime, the 36 Bedford Row criminal law team, has members with both the experience and specialist knowledge to conduct effectively trials heavily concerned with the growing phenomenon of Cybercrime.
Prosecutions in this area are increasing, exponentially. The Government has recognised Cybercrime as a Tier 1 Threat, and the latest crime statistics reflect the vast scale of previously unrecorded Cybercrimes in England and Wales. The NCA’s NCCU, and specialist CPS prosecutors, are generating many more prosecutions than ever before.
The evidence in these cases is often highly complex and technically demanding, requiring specialist counsel with both expertise and experience in the field to prosecute or defend effectively.
36 Crime are fortunate to number amongst their team Leading and Junior counsel who have been at the cutting edge in prosecuting or defending in Cybercrime trials, in recent years.
Leading members of the team have provided seminars for law enforcement personnel (including the NCCU), CPS and Defence Solicitors on Cybercrime, including one at the well-renowned Covert Policing – Annual Cybercrime Conference (London 2015).
Members of 36 Crime have developed a national reputation in this field having prosecuted and defended in some of the most high profile Cybercrime cases over the last few years, including the following:
- R v Ackroyd and Others - 2013 at Southwark Crown Court – case involved an infamous international group of Hacktivists Lulzsec/Anonymous hacking into and DDoS attacks on multiple sites including the CIA, Sony and News International, allegedly causing over $30 million of damage; there was a participating informant in the US and evidence included substantial material from the FBI.
- R v Vasan: (Croydon Crown Court Jan 2017) - Prosecution. The Defendant was convicted after trial of raping and sexually exploiting an underage girl as part of a wider internet based commercial sex web-camming network. He was sentenced to a total of 19 years’ imprisonment. Click Here
- R v Street: (Chelmsford Crown Court, Dec 2016) - Prosecuting, instructed by ERSOU in this case where the defendant pleaded guilty to selling DDoS facilities to others on a commercial basis, and to using the notorious Blackshades software to harvest passwords and user details for the purpose of fraud – a (£9k confiscation order made at sentence). FBI and NCA involvement. Click Here
- R v Chappell: (Manchester Crown Court 2017 - ongoing) Ongoing cybercrime case at Manchester Crown Court, where the Defendant has pleaded guilty to Computer Misuse Act offences, principally arising from the launch of DDoS attacks. He currently awaits sentence.
- R v Turner: (Cambridge Crown Court Jan 2017) - Prosecution instructed by ERSOU in this case which demonstrated the intersection of offending under the Computer Misuse Act, commercial criminal enterprise, and sexual offences. The Defendant was a computer hacker who used malware to infect private individuals devices (including that of a child), giving him access to their webcams, which he then covertly used to record private activity (Voyeurism); he also hacked into their files and retrieved a mass of personal photos and documents. He marketed malware packages online on a commercial basis, offering IT support for potential customers. He also refused to comply with a s.49 Notice to Disclose a Key (s.53(1) and (3) RIPA 2000, in relation to a pair of external hard drives. He was sentenced to 3 years – 10 months of which was for the RIPA offence. Click Here
- R v Floate - 2015 Birmingham Crown Court, cyber attacks on the FBI and the Home Office; evidence included material from the FBI. Click Here
- R v Neale - 2015 Guildford Crown Court, cybercrime industrial sabotage and revenge case; ex-director of a cyber-security software company hacking into his erstwhile company’s systems in order to undermine them. Click Here
- R v Sullivan - 2015 Liverpool Crown Court, DDoS attacks on multiple sites including UK police forces and BA. Click Here