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Cybercrime & cryptofraud

The collective term cybercrime covers many different forms of crime. Cybercrime, internet fraud and cryptofraud are increasing rapidly. Ransomware, cyberattacks and data breaches are the order of the day. We assist defendants in these types of criminal cases.

In practice, we see that the Netherlands plays an important role in investigative services focused on cybercrime. Many of the large-scale campaigns to crack down on cybercrime that were launched in recent years were conducted in collaboration with these services. Computer forensics experts of the Team High Tech Crime (THTC) of the Central Unit of the Dutch National Police Service and the Financial Advanced Cyber Team (FACT) of the Dutch Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service specialise in investigating cybercrime and related money flows.

The area of law is constantly evolving in terms of detection, legislation and technology. It is important to have a specialised lawyer when dealing with cybercrime. Our cybercrime specialists can help. They are there for you if you have been accused of cybercrime.

Digital forensics cybercrime

The investigative approach to cybercrime is different from the procedures used to investigate an ‘ordinary’ crime. The only evidence typically comes in digital format and digital forensics investigators depend on internet providers to supply them with forensic data for analysis. Investigations by specialist private parties can also help to solve cybercrime.

The options for digital forensics are constantly evolving. Under the Dutch Computer Crime Act III, the police have extensive digital investigative powers, including the power to hack, enabling them to check whether the evidence has been collected properly and whether it holds water. Our specialist attorneys know all the ins and outs of the Dutch cybercrime legislation and are well-versed in the underlying technology.

International focus

Cybercrime typically transcends borders. Investigations usually involve multiple jurisdictions and international cooperation. Investigators can draw on the expertise that international organisations such as Eurojust, Europol and Interpol have gained in conducting joint investigations and sharing evidence.

International sanction lists, such as the OFAC Sanction List in the United States, can also help to combat cybercrime.

Since investigative services cooperate across borders, a defence team should also have access to international resources. We have a strong global network and can help you navigate the maze of international treaties.

Digital assets and asset seizure

More and more people are investing in digital assets such as cryptocurrencies NFTs. Investigative services take an interest in digital assets if they suspect that gains have been obtained unlawfully and digital assets are seized on a regular basis. There are options for legal action against the seizure of assets, both in the Netherlands and internationally.

Cybercrime, digital fraud and money laundering

Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) and the Dutch National Police Service have teams that specialise in investigating digital fraud. Their investigations focus on crimes such as scamming and money laundering. In these investigations, they zero in on the origins of digital or other assets and on red flags that might point to money laundering.

Providers and developers of online services such as mixers are also on the investigative radar. The authorities see the use of mixers as a red flag because they obscure the origin of cryptocurrencies. There may, however, also be other reasons why a person or business might want to stay anonymous. This does not necessarily point to a crime.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that is used to encrypt a victim’s files, after which the cybercriminal demands a ransom. The impact of ransomware on a business is huge. Has your organisation become a victim of ransomware? We are there for you, both during and after the incident. We can help you decide whether or not to file a police report or to report the incident to the Dutch Data Protection Authority as a data breach.

 In a nutshell

Digital forensics

International focus

Digital assets and asset seizure

Cybercrime, digital fraud and money laundering

Ransomware

Contact our specialists

J.N. (Judith) de Boer

R.J. (Reinder) de Jong

M. (Maaike) Coenen

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