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WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack Raises Legal Issues

by Morgan Lewis on

The recent cyberattack highlights the need for firms to engage in proactive prevention and protection. Ransomware (malware that encrypts data pending an extortion payment) is a recurring cyber threat that is growing more...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

Weapons in the Cyber Defense Arsenal

by Wilson Elser on

In May 2017, the world experienced an unprecedented global cyberattack that targeted the public and private sectors, including an auto factory in France, dozens of hospitals and health care facilities in the United Kingdom,...more

New FCA Web Page on Cyber Resilience

On May 18, 2017, the FCA published a new Web page on cyber resilience. The FCA notes that cyber risks pose a threat to all financial services firms. Firms should be aware of the threat, able to defend themselves...more

Deeper Dive: Ransomware – WannaCry and the Future of Ransomware-as-a-Service

by BakerHostetler on

In our 2017 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, we addressed the increasingly ubiquitous scourge of ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of malware causing data security incidents. We noted that...more

Update: Case Involving Sharing Of Passwords May Be Headed To The Supreme Court

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last August, we reported on a Ninth Circuit case in which a former employee was convicted of a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for accessing and downloading information from his former company’s database...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

Recreational UAS Registration Rule Struck Down

by Varnum LLP on

On Friday, May 19, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down FAA’s registration rule for recreational unmanned aerial system (drone) users, also called model aircraft....more

Privacy Perils: Strong Passwords IV: The Phrase Awakens

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Previous Tips have warned of the use of easily-guessed passwords, and have provided suggested methods to strengthen them, including use of...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert In Response to WannaCry Ransomware

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on May 17, 2017 in response to “WannaCry,” the ongoing...more

Self-Sovereign Identity and Distributed Ledger Technology : Framing the Legal Issues

by Perkins Coie on

Purpose - Distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), including the use of blockchain technology, has been touted as a way to create and validate digital identities that serve many of the same purposes that physical forms of...more

Don't WannaCry: Ten Questions Boards and Company Management Can Ask in the Wake of Recent Ransomware Attacks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The WannaCry ransomware attack that hit computers around the world last week is yet another reminder that computers play key roles in most enterprises, and that it does not take much to disable those computers. Questions...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - May 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...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

China’s Cybersecurity Regulators Issue Procedural Rules to Strengthen Enforcement Power

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

For the past several years, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) has risen to a very important status among the Chinese national government’s agencies. However, it lacks a specific procedural law to empower it...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Registration Rule Decision Invites Congress to Expand FAA Authority Over Hobby Drones (Or Not)

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling vacating the Federal Aviation Administration's "Registration Rule," which required owners of small unmanned aircraft ("drones") operated for...more

The FTC Seeks Comment: How Trusty Is The TRUSTe Plan For COPPA Certification?

by King & Spalding on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently seeking comment on proposed changes to TRUSTe’s safe harbor program under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). Per the Federal Register notice, the...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

SEC Cybersecurity Risk Alert Urges Firms to Protect Against Ransomware

by BakerHostetler on

On May 17, 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a risk alert highlighting the importance of registered broker-dealers,...more

Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order: Has Anything Really Changed?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) designed to strengthen national cybersecurity and critical infrastructure. The EO focuses on the modernization of the federal information technology (IT) network and...more

BREAKING: U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule for Hobbyist

by Hogan Lovells on

In a ruling issued last Friday, the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the FAA’s Registration Rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) that are operated for recreational...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

When “WannaCry” Strikes: Preparing for and Responding to the Largest Ransomware Attack in History

As many around the world were preparing for the Mother’s Day weekend, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit over 70,000 organizations in nearly 100 countries in just one day, Friday, May 12th. After the weekend, the attack had...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

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