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IL cyber law attorneyIn the digital age that we live in, having a stellar online presence can make or break a business. In that vein, having a recognizable and easily recognized domain name can be critical to a business’s overall viability and profitability. Because of this, there are various disputes that can arise regarding the rights to a domain name. Below, we will examine common cybersquatting disputes and how you should move forward if you are in the midst of a cybersquatting predicament. If you are involved in any sort of domain dispute, seek out knowledgeable legal assistance immediately.

Understanding Forms of Cybersquatting

Cybersquatting is defined as a process in which a certain party purchases and registers the domain name of a well-known brand, in the hopes of reselling the domain name back to the company for a profit. Reverse cybersquatting is a process in which a trademark holder (company) attempts to take away a domain name from a party that is actually using the domain name for a legitimate purpose. Lastly, typosquatting is a process in which a party purposely uses the domain name of another company but includes a typo as a means of directing traffic to their website.

What You Can Do

In all of the above-mentioned instances, it is important for you to act quickly. In some cases, a “cease and desist” may scare the other party involved into giving up the domain name in order to avoid legal action. In other cases, you will need to pursue legal action.

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FL cyber law attorneyWith the rapid rise in technological innovation, the world has become a significantly more convenient place. Food and transportation can be ordered without making a phone call, and consumer goods can be delivered without the customer even leaving their house. Yet with the positive innovations, there are always a minority of people that will utilize technology to perform criminal acts. Below, we will discuss the relatively new phenomenon that is cyberstalking, and how to react if you are being stalked through online mediums.

What Is Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is defined as the act of utilizing the internet, email, or other form of communication to stalk or harass another party. These instances are not simply annoying, but can be dangerous extensions of physical stalking. If the person is not aware of your physical address, cyberstalking may be a means for them to access that information, and they may begin to physically stalk. The most common forms of cyberstalking include unsolicited obscene emails, harassment via online chat rooms, or the spreading of false or private information about a party through the use of online mediums. Fortunately, if a person is cyberstalking you, there are a few steps you can take.

Reacting to Cyberstalking

Once you have determined that you are being cyberstalked, it is important to act quickly. The first step you can take is seeking out the help of a skilled professional. Once you have contacted a party that you can trust, they can assist you through the next steps, which may include creating a new email account and resetting previous online passwords. If you are planning to pursue legal action against the stalker, it is important to speak with a qualified legal professional. The other party’s legal team may argue that the person was simply exercising their first amendment right to free speech, or that the harassment the victim faced was simply an unintended consequence related to the perpetrator’s actions. Regardless of how you are hoping to move forward, you need to speak with an adept cyber law professional.

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FL cyberlaw attorneyWith the widespread daily use of the internet and social media sites of all kinds, people have access to others’ personal information literally at their fingertips and in their pockets, via their cell phones. As a result, cyberstalking has become a danger that can affect nearly anyone.

What Qualifies as Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is any type of communication, through electronics, that is directed toward a particular person and gives that person reason to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another party, such as a loved one, friend, or pet. It may also include threats of damage to the victim’s property. Cyberstalking covers anything that may cause the victim “emotional distress,” or anxiety. The harassment may involve physical threats toward the victim or his and/or her family or friends, such as violence or sexual assault, bodily harm or kidnapping, just to name a few examples.

The cyberstalker may use any kind of electronic device to convey the threats and harassment, including phone calls, voice mails, text messages, instant messages by use of computers, cell phones, pagers, and multiple other means of communication. A law passed earlier this year in Illinois added messages sent through social media to their list of cyberstalking qualifications. Hacking is yet another form of cyberstalking that can negatively affect individuals and organizations that are targeted.

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Florida cybersecurity attorneyTo understand why you might need a cyber law attorney now or in the future, take a quick look back. Twenty years ago, were you worried about losing control of your intellectual property because of Etsy or Amazon, or of losing control of your website domain name to a web jacker?

Shift in Transactions From People to Web Impacts Cyberlaw

Have you noticed how many business transactions have shifted from being personal-relationship-driven to being mostly or entirely web-driven? Consider all of these situations where, 20 years ago, you would have insisted on doing business one-on-one, face-to-face, but today you can - and often prefer to - conduct most of this business over the internet:

  • Making a big-ticket purchase like a computer, car, or house;
  • Working with a tax accountant, financial advisor, lender, or lawyer; and
  • Working with a writer, graphic designer, or another provider of marketing or creative services.

Shift in Documentation from Paper to Digital Requires Cyberlaw

Years back, most businesses relied on an exchange of paper documents. While paper documents could be photocopied, they could not be widely disseminated without significant cost and typically did not travel far. Today, we rely much more heavily on electronic document exchanges, and it is far too easy for such documents to be intercepted by hackers, copied, slightly altered, and widely disseminated around the globe very quickly.

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Florida cyber law lawyerRansomware and cryptominers are two of the newest cyber-threats. Ransomware attacks rose significantly in 2016 and 2017, but have declined in 2018, while attacks by cryptomining malware have risen dramatically in 2018.

What Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware (malicious software) that can infect a computer when a user clicks on a link received in an email or a link that appears on an otherwise legitimate website. The malware proceeds to encrypt all of the files on that computer and any other computers and networks connected to it. Soon thereafter, the victim receives an email demanding payment (typically in Bitcoin or another e-currency) in exchange for the encryption key necessary to unlock their files.

A ransomware attack can cost a business thousands or even millions of dollars, as their daily operations are disrupted, they have to restore their entire system from backups, and they may even lose some data entirely.

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