Being engaged in computer hacking is playing with fire. To some, it may seem harmless. However, it can result in serious criminal charges. Anyone in Oregon or elsewhere who is confronting such a situation will be best served by experienced legal counsel who is well versed in federal computer crime defense.
After the convictions of two former football players of a high school in another state in 2013, a federal grand jury recently indicted 29-year-old man on federal felonies. Violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act have been alleged. Reportedly his alleged actions were linked to the rape case for which the two men were convicted. The rape of the underage girl apparently received little media attention at the time. However, this was only until the accused hacker allegedly gained unauthorized access to the football team's website and social media pages.
Further allegations say he posted information and images on social media sites and earned international attention for the rape case. Using an alias, the accused man and an accomplice also apparently accessed the fan page of the football team and published the email address of the owner, along with stolen email content. Prosecutors allege the intention of the hackers was to intimidate and harass the individual who managed the football team's website as well as to garner worldwide media attention for his efforts.
Reportedly, a conviction could send this man to federal prison, and he could be ordered to pay up to $350,000 in fines. Any Oregon resident who is the subject of a federal investigation or is facing federal computer crime charges will need as many resources and skilled professionals as possible at his or her disposal. After assessing the circumstances and the allegations, an experienced defense attorney can identify factual and legal issues, establish a forensic approach and develop a focused plan in order to build the criminal defense.
Source: washingtontimes.com, "Deric Lostutter, hacktivist, charged over Anonymous cybercampaign spurred by Steubenville rape case", Andrew Blake, July 7, 2016