Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital was the recent victim of hacking, and paid a $17,000 ransom to an unknown party to release the hospital’s computer system. As a result of the incident, a California state senator has proposed a bill that makes it a crime to infect a computer system with so-called ransomware.
Hacking encrypted hospital computers
The hacking attack prevented employees from communicating with hospital computers. According to the hospital, it paid the ransom because that was the quickest way to recover access to its computers. According to the hospital, patient medical records were not compromised during the attack. No arrests in the hacking incident have been made, but local, state and federal authorities continue to investigate.
Many cases involving Internet crimes are based on circumstantial evidence and assumptions that the evidence simply doesn’t support. As an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Robert Helfend assembles a team of experts who can examine the evidence critically and testify on your behalf. He does not stop there. He also examines the way in which the evidence against you was collected, and challenges any improprieties in order to get the evidence excluded from the prosecutor’s case against you.
A conviction for hacking or other Internet crimes can have serious, long-lasting consequences. In addition to possible jail time, you could also be required to pay fines and restitution. You could also lose your job and any professional licenses or credentials you hold. You will be required to disclose previous convictions to prospective employers and others, and that alone can make it difficult for you to find gainful employment after you’ve completed your sentence.
That’s why it’s critical to have a competent criminal defense attorney working with you to examine all of the evidence against you and prepare your defense. A competent criminal defense attorney will conduct an independent investigation of the charges against you, and take a critical look at the evidence, the statements from witnesses and the assumptions that the prosecutor has made. An experienced attorney can also help you negotiate lower bail requirements (or eliminate them altogether), build a solid defense strategy, assemble character witnesses, and evidence that contradicts the prosecution’s accusations.
No criminal defense attorney can promise a particular outcome in any case, but Mr. Helfend will provide aggressive representation, and will always work to get the best possible outcome for his clients in their particular circumstances. Those outcomes may include dismissal, a reduction of charges, a reduced sentence or other conditions that reduce your liability or your exposure to the harshest legal consequences.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or attempt to defend yourself against serious charges involving Internet crimes. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County hacking case.
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