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Lab tech indicted for identity theft

A lab tech working at a Las Vegas pediatric cardiology practice has been indicted on one count of illegal use and disclosure of patient health information and one count of aggravated identity theft. The lab tech had...more

The Escalating Cost of Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is one of the fastest growing economic crimes of modern times. The rapid expansion of the Internet has only compounded the problem in recent years. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) estimates that in...more

FTC Joins With Federal, State and Local Authorities on Nationwide Debt Collection Enforcement Initiative

On November 4, 2015, a group of law enforcement authorities, led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission), announced Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal, state and local initiative aimed at...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

Chinese government arrests hackers

We have been reporting on the success of the Department of Justice in combatting cybercrime through prosecutions of hackers. But we never expected this. Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S., and for the first...more

DOJ Disables Malware Designed for Bank-Theft; Unseals Indictment Against Botnet Administrator

On October 13, the DOJ unsealed an indictment against a Moldovan citizen for his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to steal confidential financial information by distributing malware software through phishing...more

California Enacts CalECPA, Requiring a Search Warrant to Obtain or Access Users’ Electronic Information

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (the “California ECPA”). This legislation, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, has been heralded by...more

Feds continue to prosecute hackers

Sergey Vovnenko, a Ukrainian hacker, was charged in New Jersey federal court this week for wire fraud conspiracy, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hacking into networks of financial...more

California Joins Other States with the Passage of CalECPA

Law enforcement requests for electronic information, particularly from technology companies such as Google and Twitter, have skyrocketed in recent years. In response, several states—Maine and Texas in 2013, Utah in 2014 and...more

How to Protect and Secure Your Connected Devices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning companies and the public to be aware of vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could exploit in connected devices, otherwise known as Internet of Things devices....more

"Phantom" Debt Collectors Actually Sued by FTC, Banned From Business

Why it matters - The operators of a scam that processed more than $5.2 million in payments from consumers for payday loans that were not owed to the operators are now banned from the debt collection business, the Federal...more

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

European Parliament publishes its proposals for the security of the EU

On 9 July 2015 the European Parliament published its European agenda on security, setting out the current situation of security in the European Union before identifying three key areas upon which efforts should be focused:...more

California Attorney General’s Open Data Initiative – The Latest in State and Federal Government Efforts to Harness the Power of...

Early this month, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a unique data initiative to expand the public’s access to key criminal justice information that has been, to date, largely blocked from public...more

China Promulgates Tougher Criminal Provisions Governing Data Privacy

One of the more dramatic privacy law developments in China in 2014 was the August criminal conviction of foreign nationals Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng for their violation of Article 253 of the Criminal Law (??) associated...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...more

“Aloha” Means Cybersecurity, Consumer Multistates, and Swimming with Turtles at Conference of Western Attorneys General

Attorneys General, meeting at the Conference of Western Attorneys General (“CWAG”) on Maui recently, tackled as usual a range of issues from the Rule of Law, an ongoing and important initiative with Mexican police,...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order to Combat Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud in South Florida

On July 13, FinCEN issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) requiring check cashers in two South Florida counties to strengthen identification requirements for customers cashing certain Federal tax refund checks. According...more

China Proposes Draft Privacy Legislation with Significant Potential Implications

On July 6, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), circulated for comment two pieces of draft legislation with significant potential implications for data privacy and data security in China. Comments...more

FinCEN Announces Another Geographic Targeting Order

South Florida check cashers will soon be required to obtain additional identifying information about customers cashing federal tax refund checks over $1,000. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued another Geographic...more

Big sweepstakes scam artists don’t cry

According to the Edmonton Sun newspaper, Nigerian-born Richard Mmah Chukwu, a resident of Edmonton, was recently convicted of implementing a multi-million dollar sweepstakes scam. Chukwu was found guilty in the Canadian...more

FDA Reports Results of Annual Crack Down on Illegal Internet Pharmacies

Last week, FDA announced that more than 1,050 websites had illegal drugs and devices seized or received warning letters as part of the Eighth Annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). IIWA is an international...more

CFPB Enforcement Actions Take on LO Comp and Fair Lending

Over the past couple of weeks, the CFPB has kept itself busy in the mortgage origination enforcement arena. In one complaint, the CFPB ordered a residential mortgage lender and its CEO to each pay a $1 million civil penalty...more

Should We Hack Back?

“No,” says U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. At the most recent Cybersecurity Law Institute held at Georgetown University Law Center in late May, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #4

CFPB Fines Bank $7.5M for Overdraft Violations, With $49M More in Redress - Why it matters: In its first action targeting overdraft fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Regions Bank $7.5...more

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