Can I sue someone for hacking + shutting down my small internet business.

Asked over 2 years ago - Yonkers, NY

I own and run a graphic design business. In the case of an attack on my computer, and they close down my website & YouTube channel, can I sue them? To the lawyer answering, let's say I were to go to you, what would be the first action to find + prosecute these hackers?

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . You can sue. The question is what are you damages? The first step would be to determine who hacked you, which is not easy to do.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  2. Barry Franklin Poulson

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Yes, that would be a sound basis for a lawsuit. Employers in this realm employ network technicians or PI's who are or employ network technicians. Once you have a sound evidentiary basis, you have to show damages and can sue. There may also be crimes, likely there would be. The same evidence would support a factual, precise report to the police. You take precautions, of course, but when even Yahoo gets hacked, you know that you also have to have a defense in depth. This will include backup of site data, especially customer lists, and (depending on your scale) a backup site or equipment or a backup site in the "cloud" on a hosting company. Some web hosting companies have added protections you can subscribe to.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The main problem here is finding the hackers. Without knowing who they are, there is no one to sue.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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