What are they?
Informatics crimes are a form of cybercrime using an electronic device. Frequently, these illegal acts are violations of privacy or security, committed using various forms of technology such as computers, cellphones, social media, and the Internet. In these digital crimes, the perpetrator aims to cause harm.
Common forms include fraud, cyber-sabotage or cybertheft, hacking, grooming and cyberbullying, cyber scams, phishing, and threats or slander via the Internet.
Cybercrimes abuse the privacy of an individual. In addition, they harm the integrity and capacity of technological devices. These crimes can be committed by diverse types of people with digital competency, from terrorists to regular citizens. In many cases, cyber delinquents steal personal information so as to cause economic losses, with the intention of exploiting the victim. Moreover, they enter their victim’s electronic device illicitly, adulterating the system and preventing future use. In every case, cyber delinquents create problems for the victim and their technology for their own advantage. For this reason, it is essential to take action as soon as possible in the face of a cybercrime.
How can they be detected?
Although cyber delinquents are often skilled in concealing themselves, cybercrimes can be detected when one experiences suspicious interactions on the web. For example, messages from unknown senders, threats and blackmail, and other tactics of intimidation are common. Most of the time, the cyber delinquent employs these methods with the condition of not exploiting private information so long as they receive the victim’s personal data, but this is a trap. Other indicators of informatics crimes include frequent battery loss on the electronic device, an overload of advertisements and spam, or false information and fake news bombarding your technology.
Clearly, the signs of a cybercrime depend on the situation, but they can affect anyone. Thus, it is crucial to be cautious and alert. The risks of an informatics crime can include identity theft, stealing or falsification of personal information, or stealing money via the Internet, to mention a few.
If you think you have been a victim of a cybercrime in Spain, you can denounce said crime online before the Telematic Crime Group (Grupo de Delitos Telemáticos) of the state’s security forces or the Autonomous Community police.
Due to the greater availability of access to the Internet and recent technological advancements, cybercrime is now, more than ever, easier and habitual. Despite the fact that cybercrimes occur more frequently in our Digital Era, they are not inevitable; at Piñera del Olmo, we are a law firm specializing in cybercrimes. We have experience in all cases of cybercrimes, from stolen passwords to offenses involving intelligence networks.
If you are a victim or have been accused of a cybercrime, (for example: scams, cyber sabotage, identity theft, revenge porn, falsifications of personal cards, fake news, child pornography, sexting, or infractions of intellectual property) contact us. We offer a comprehensive legal defense service with lawyers expert in the defense and accusation of various cybercrimes.
Our criminal attorneys can help you with your case in Barcelona, Catalonia, or other areas of Spain.
For more information regarding cybercrimes, or for legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact us. We deal with crimes such as:
Identity Theft & Hacking
Distribution of child pornography
If you would like more information, you can read these articles:
This article describes cybercrime.
This article describes cyber crimes and identity fraud in Spain.
Article written by Maya Floreani