Cyber crime, the Australian Federal Police refer to it as “fighting the invisible”. Last year I began transitioning my almost 20 year career as an IT Professional to a lawyer specialising in cyber crime. On top of my university workload, I spend a lot of time reading legal journals, case law and pretty much anything to do with the law. I’m also lucky enough to have lots of relationships with practising lawyers & barristers which has given me exposure to more than just academic materials.
When I speak to people about my new career, I often get asked the question “Is there much work in the area of cyber crime?”. YES! There are more devices connected to the internet than people on the planet. It’s much more cost effective to cause damage electronically than it is to use traditional means. A mobile phone can be much more powerful than 1,000 troops on the field with unlimited artillery support. Don’t believe me? Research the computer worm Stuxnet.
The weakest link with your privacy or IT security is the human element. Using simple passwords, writing them down on your monitor or treating a password like a family portrait. Let’s just say your privacy and security DOES NOT exist. We are living in an era where cyber warfare is occurring everywhere, even in Rockhampton. If you are an owner of a retail shop and you are providing free wifi to your customers, you are at serious risk of breaking the law and possibly evening facing imprisonment.
From civilians to law enforcement agencies, lawyers and even Judges, DO NOT understand cyber crime. The problem is, ignorance is not a legal defence and ignorance by law enforcement officials can cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees and possibly even a wrongful conviction.
If the Queensland Police Service, Department of Justice or even a Judge is reading this and they don’t believe me, I suggest you contact me because I will show you. The Queensland Police Service is solely responsible for what I would consider “malicious prosecutions” in the area of cyber crime. Not only that, but the real criminals, the ones who have provided you with false police statements, fabricated evidence and are now perverting the course of justice by not participating in depositions, are the ones who belong in jail. In the interest of the public and justice, law enforcement need to understand cyber crime BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT but until then ANYBODY can be found GUILTY.