Barrister Robert Newcombe of Church Court Chambers together with Tom Fairfax MD of SRM Solutions, gave a lecture entitled “Cyber Security and Cyber fraud: Trojan botnets, web-injects and mules” to solicitors (20 November 2017) of the INN Group at the City offices of law firm DAC Beachcroft.

Tom Fairfax has over 20 years experience as a cyber- security expert, having been Head of Operations at the British Army’s cyber warfare unit. He is Managing Director of Security Risk Management- SRM Solutions. In addition to cyber security advice and planning and implementation, SRM provides a computer / cyber forensic expert witness service in civil and criminal cases. SRM’s platforms for e-discovery and e-disclosure were of great interest to attendees.

Robert Newcombe gave a rapid-fire lecture on the law, types of offending and practical case management in the context of cyber crime prosecutions. These included examples of cases he has been instructed in, of cyber fraud, manufacture of malware and denials of service attacks, and a short discourse on the AML risks of Bitcoin and its similarities with Hawala banking. Instructed cases include the use of Trojan botnets to access compromised personal data in order to perpetrate frauds and the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud. RIPA notices under section 49 and the Computer Misuse Act offences were also covered, with a summary of sentencing policy in this area.

All enquiries regarding cyber crime instructions should be directed to Daniel Bartlett, Senior Clerk in chambers on 020 7936 3637, or d.bartlett@churchcourtchambers.co.uk.