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Introduction to Cybercrime

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Introduction to Cybercrime

We have been living through the last phase of the industrial revolution’s shift to the digital revolution in recent years. Undoubtedly, modern knowledge is advancing at such a rapid rate that our civilization is sadly unable to keep up with them. The fundamental reason for this phenomena is the disconnect between our understanding of technology and its advancements. The cellphones that are utilized by the great majority of our fellow humans serve as a typical illustration. These technical marvels, whose entire scope is unknown to us, have managed to “monopolize” the center of our daily lives. They are astonishing in their capacities and functions. Because of all the options these devices provide, the number of users is increasing. These users may be using them for social media, web browsing, or entertainment purposes, or they may be using them for personal business (e.g., electronic authorization, electronic declaration of responsibility, digital attestation of a document via gov.gr).

Fraudsters take advantage of our lack of digital literacy as well as security holes in bank systems, which leads to hundreds of daily electronic scams against gullible people with the goal of breaking into their bank accounts and stealing their funds. In these conditions, Internet security is more important than ever, and qualified individuals should carefully examine how banking institutions’ e-banking systems function. Additionally, social media’s pervasiveness in modern people’s everyday lives has led to major issues for both adults and adolescents. Specifically, a British university’s study found that, on average, over 1,000 images and films of minors are available online until they become 18 years old.

Additionally, the rise of social media as a means of communication has had a detrimental effect on people’s behavior by severely restricting democracy and the right to free speech and by drawing attention to offensive issues like hate speech and gender violence. Individuals who operate in anonymity behind a computer screen and keyboard may criticize, defame, and “character assail” other people with remarkable ease, all without facing any repercussions for their actions.

A daily occurrence in the business sector is the war that hackers have started against companies via ransomware attacks, which they initiate by breaking into their systems, encrypting their personal data, and demanding a ransom to return their systems to their pre-attack state.

However, personal data protection and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are unfamiliar words for the average Greek business, due to lack of awareness and lack of highlighting the purpose and importance of this Regulation.

Finally, the monitoring of mobile phones by smart software (e.g. Predator, Pegasus) and consequently the interception of conversations reminds us of the need to redefine the boundaries between ethics and technology, given the advent of artificial intelligence in our lives.

Against this background, every day hundreds of our fellow human beings are victims of cybercrime. Most of them report the actual incidents to the Cybercrime Department without knowing the procedure of solving these crimes, without being supported legally by a lawyer specialized in cybercrime, so that their efforts are fruitless and they are left with the false impression that the Cybercrime Department has not done its job properly. The role of an experienced cybercrime lawyer in Economou & Economou law office is the care and safety of the people who entrust our legal firm with their affairs working all together around the clock with collaboration of skilled technicians and expert witnesses, we take on every kind of cybercrime case from start to finish with full knowledge, technological support and security.

Contact us at econlaw@live.com or (+30) 2103603824 if you need legal assistance from an expert cybercrime lawyer to assist you in Greece if you suspect you have been a victim of a cyber attack (bank account hack) or cyber fraud (investment fraud).

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