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Georgia couple prosecuted for filing fraudulent tax records

The filing of fraudulent tax returns continues to be a serious problem in this country. Last year alone, the IRS has admitted that up to 720,000 taxpayers were victims. Last week, a Georgia couple pled guilty to filing...more

FireEye report shows PoS attacks have compromised more than 20 million cards

FireEye recently issued a report that indicates that bank card data of over 20 million individuals has been compromised since 2014. According to the report, point of sale attacks that have affected the retail and hospitality...more

The Panama Papers & The Tempo of International Corruption Cases  [Video]

An interview on CNBC Powerlunch (April 4th, 2016) where I discuss the implications of the recent Panama Papers leaks. What does this mean for the future of tax havens? Also, will be the appetite for local enforcement in those...more

Cyber prosecutions update

The feds have been busy on the cyber prosecutions front. First, on March 18, 2016, the FBI announced that a multi-agency collaborative effort blew up an identity theft ring whose leader was an inmate in a Georgia prison. The...more

Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in...more

FinCrimes Update: December 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 10

AML/BSA & OFAC: OFAC PUBLISHES CYBER-RELATED SANCTIONS REGULATIONS - On December 31, OFAC issued regulations to implement Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in...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

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

Alleged Ringleader of Global Cybercrimes Extradited to United States to Face Charges

Today, the DOJ unsealed an eighteen-count indictment in Brooklyn, New York charging a Turkish citizen (Defendant) with organizing worldwide cyberattacks against at least three U.S. payment processors’ computer networks. The...more

Guard Your Sheep, The Dyre Wolf is Coming

IBM announced this week that it had uncovered a highly-sophisticated scheme to steal funds from medium to large U.S.-based companies. The scheme dubbed “The Dyre Wolf” only targets companies, unlike past schemes which also...more

Cyber Extortion: What to Do When Your Data is Being Held for Ransom

Imagine you are the IT systems administrator of a large corporation. Coffee in hand, you sit down one morning and log in. You receive a message that there has been an intrusion into the corporate database, a large amount of...more

New York Proposes Tough New Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Measures on Financial Services Companies

Action Item: Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for New York State, one of the country’s most aggressive regulators, is seeking to increase regulatory pressures on the financial services industry,...more

FinCrimes Update - January 2015, Volumn 2, Issue 1

FINCEN FINES NY-BASED SECURITIES BROKER-DEALER FOR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING SHORTFALLS - On January 27, FinCEN fined a New York securities broker-dealer firm $20 million for violating the BSA. According to the press release,...more

FinCrimes Update - December 2014, Volumn 1, Issue 10

FDIC ORDERS MARYLAND-BASED BANK TO IMPROVE ITS BSA/AML COMPLIANCE PROGRAM - On December 24, a Maryland-based bank entered into an FDIC consent order involving alleged deficiencies in its BSA/AML compliance program. The...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Cybersecurity: How well are Latin American banks protected against cyber attacks?

Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor asked Marcela Cristina Blanco, associate attorney in Diaz Reus’ Bogota, Colombia office: How Well Do Latin American Banks Protect Against Cyber Attacks?...more

Cybercrime Loses Its Right to Silence

In 2012, the director gen¬eral of MI5 revealed that a London-listed company had lost £800 million as a result of a state-backed cyber at¬tack. The company in question has not been publicly identified and no disclosures were...more

DOJ Announces Five Indictments In Largest Known Data Breach Case

On July 25, the DOJ announced the indictment of five individuals accused of conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 12, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 14, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

FCPA Enforcement As A Security Issue And Implications For The Compliance Practitioner

One of the things that has long puzzled me is what led to the significant rise in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) beginning in the 2003-2004 time frame? ...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 10, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

OCC Seeks Reconsideration Of Order Requiring Disclosure Of Non-Public Documents Related To Bank’s AML/CTF Compliance

On April 24, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York stayed an order that would have required a bank to disclose non-public supervisory information subject to the bank examination privilege. Wultz v....more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - April 26, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - April 12, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

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