FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.
The Internet has made life easier in so many ways, including the ability to shop and conduct financial transactions online. Of course, just like in the world of bricks and mortar, criminals also lurk in Cyberspace, seeking to steal identities, data and money. While Cyber criminals, of course, are responsible as a matter of criminal and civil law for their own wrongdoing, the question arises as to whether others also can be deemed responsible for the harm suffered as a result of this illegal conduct.
The recent case of Patco Construction Company, Inc. v. People's United Bank d/b/a Ocean Bank, filed in state court in Maine, tees up this very question for resolution.