Cartwright King’s status as a national leader in the field of cyber crime was underlined last week when it secured a 2 year suspended sentence for a client convicted of serious and wide ranging criminality under the Computer Misuse and Serious Crime Act following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.
Our client was charged with 10 offences founded upon the allegation that he had created and run a stresser service known as “netspoof”.
This tool enabled users of the Netspoof site to pay our client to carry out Denial of Service attacks upon third party websites. It was alleged that 12844 registered users on Netspoof carried out 603,499 attacks on 224,548 separate targets and the total financial benefit to the client was alleged to have been in the region of £100,000.
Upon his arrest the client had attended interviews under caution without legal representation and had made a number of admissions. He indicated a guilty plea on his first appearance at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Michael Balmer who represented our client was able to prepare mitigation to persuade the Court that a custodial sentence would not ne appropriate for our client, as a 21 year old with previous good character.
This result is further proof that individuals faced with serious and technical allegations of cyber and online crime should seek our expert assistance.