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Do Recent Events Make You “Wanna Cry”? - Massive ransomware attacks are just another reason to have robust cyber insurance in...

On May 12, a massive ransomware cyber-attack infected over 100,000 computers in more than 150 countries. This malware, a Trojan virus known as “WannaCry,” “WanaCryptor,” or “Wcry,” encrypts files, and then threatens to...more

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Will Need To Wait Another Day In New York’s Commercial Division

Justice Shirley Kornreich recently issued one of the few New York state court decisions  that address the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”).  Spec Simple, Inc. v. Designer Pages Online LLC,  No. 651860/2015, 2017 BL...more

WannaCry Also Encrypted Hospital Medical Devices

The fall-out from WannaCry continues, particularly in the healthcare sector. There are new reports that WannaCry affected at least two hospital systems in the U.S. and encrypted medical devices (power injector systems)...more

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Issues Series of Cybersecurity Updates in Response to WannaCry...

In response to the WannaCry ransomware attack that infiltrated the computer systems of health care systems and other entities worldwide on or around May 12, 2017, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and...more

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Will Need To Wait Another Day In The Commercial Division

Justice Shirley Kornreich recently issued one of the few New York state court decisions that address the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Spec Simple, Inc. v. Designer Pages Online LLC, No. 651860/2015, 2017 BL...more

Trust No One - Lunchtime Deals Should End in Intention, Not Retention

by Burr & Forman on

What You Can Learn about Vendor Management from the DocuSign Breach While some industries may get away with the “trust but verify” model, heavily regulated industries such as financial services have no such luxury. Trust...more

German Draft Law Against Hate Speeches: Solo Run Or A Model For Europe?

by King & Spalding on

In March 2017, Germany’s minister of justice, Mr. Heiko Maas, released a new draft law “for the improvement of law enforcement in social networks” (Entwurf eines Gesetztes zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen...more

Future IP Challenges: What Companies in the Internet of Things Space Can Expect

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Dr. Chris Mammen looks at the platforms that could emerge to dominate and drive the internet of things (IoT) space and the related patent and licensing issues that...more

Did WannaCry make you want to cry? Real risks for landlords and tenants

by Hogan Lovells on

As the extent of the damage caused by the recent WannaCry ransomware virus becomes clearer, businesses across the world have been reminded of the critical importance of cyber security measures, and the potential fall-out...more

ABA Encourages Encryption of Emails When Transmitting Confidential Client Information

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a recent formal Ethics Opinion, the American Bar Association stressed that lawyers must make reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access to confidential information relating to the representation of...more

WannaCry Ransomware Alert

This is not a drill. Companies and law enforcement agencies around the world have been left scrambling after the world’s most prolific ransomware attack hit over 500,000 computers in 150 countries over a span of only 4...more

New York’s Highest Court Rebuffs Facebook’s Efforts to Protect the Rights of Its Users in Search Warrant Fight

Facebook’s four-year battle on behalf of its users, seeking to quash 381 warrants obtained by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, has come to a close. The decision of the New York Court of Appeals—which is New...more

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

DocuSign Breach Leads to Email Malware Campaign Requesting Wire Transfers

Electronic signature technology company DocuSign has admitted that it suffered a breach of one of its computer systems resulting in stolen data including customer and user email addresses. The breach has allowed the hackers...more

IoT got 99 problems and security is one

by DLA Piper on

The number of internet connected devices and products is rapidly increasing and in turn creating more opportunity for cyber security breaches and generating greater amounts of data including personal information. Consumer...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

New Ruling Makes a Splash -- Fees to Use a Bathroom are not Subject to Sales Tax

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new advisory opinion issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance should make all New York taxpayers flushed with pride – access to toilets is not subject to tax. The case involved a new software...more

Dubious Patent Trolls and a Crowdfunded Infringement Defense

We’ve spent time discussing the patent troll phenomenon in the past. Patent trolls are less pejoratively referred to as non-practicing entities, because they do not make or use the inventions covered by their patents. ...more

ABA Issues Opinion on Use of Email for Lawyers

On May 11, 2017, The American Bar Association (ABA) updated its 1999 opinion regarding lawyers’ use of email for communication. Although many state bar associations have issued opinions on electronic communications and the...more

Watch What You Click (Again!): DocuSign Confirms Data Breach Incident

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Well-known and very popular digital signature service DocuSign acknowledged a data breach incident in which a large number of customer email addresses were stolen. The company announced on its website that the data stolen was...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack

A global ransomware attack began early last Friday and has affected businesses and government entities in 150 countries, including Britain’s national health system, FedEx, Spain’s Telefónica, and the Russian Interior...more

Helping To Protect Your Company From A Cyber-Attack: Eight Tips For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Employment Counsel

by Littler on

Recent, highly publicized data security incidents highlight the continued vulnerability of corporate information systems. Notably, employees who fall prey to sophisticated phishing e-mails and other scams often contribute to...more

SEC Emphasizes Cybersecurity Preparedness in Wake of Global Ransomware Attack

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert in the wake of the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack that has inflicted hundreds of thousands...more

DocuSign Breach a Strong Reminder for the Mortgage Industry to Manage Third-Party Service Provider Risks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 16, DocuSign confirmed that a data breach resulted in widespread malware phishing attacks targeting its customers. DocuSign provides electronic signature solutions for many companies in the mortgage banking industry...more

SEC Warns of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is asking broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds to redouble their cybersecurity efforts in wake of the global cyber-attack of the WannaCry virus that has spread to more than...more

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