Back in May of this year I wrote about the comments made by Richard Alderman, former Director of the Serious Fraud Office, in respect of how he saw the role of the Serious Fraud Office developing and the increase of the cyber world in the criminal fraternity.

On the 4th October William Hague, Foreign Secretary addressed the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace on the determination of the United Kingdom to bring to task those that use the internet to commit crime.

“The internet has been an unprecedented engine for growth, for social progress and for innovation, across the globe and in all areas of human endeavour. But there is a darker side to it, and in the United Kingdom we believe it is time to shine a strong light on those shadows. We are calling for a new international consensus on rules of the road to guide future behaviour in cyberspace, and to combat the worst abuses of it’ he said.

Mr Hague went on to inform the delegates of the UK’s plan to develop a new Centre for Global Cyber-Security Capacity Building stating that  “Cyber criminals and terrorists should have no refuge online, just as they should have no sanctuary off-line’. With the increase in cyber criminality, the number of prosecutions is equally on the increase – ranging from hacking to malicious software, phishing and fraud.

At Farleys we have a specialist team who can provide advice and representation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on all areas of cyber crime. If you have been accused of involvement of online crime in any capacity, it is vital that you speak to a cyber crime defence solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Early advice is often crucial. For 24 hour advice via our emergency crime line, call 01254 606050.