Cyber Attacks

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Cyberspy thriller with an unclear ending

It reads more like a spy thriller than a news story. Employees of the U.S. subsidiary of a global technology and media company log on to their computers one Monday morning and are greeted with the menacing figure of a neon...more

The Auto Industry: The Next "Big" Target for Hackers?

Given the exponential rise in security breaches and hacking activity in past few years and the almost constant headlines in the press of yet another major security breach, information security should be a front burner issue...more

Premera Cyber-Attack Announced: Defining Your Obligations as an Employer

On March 17, 2015, Premera announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 11 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Employers and plan...more

[Event] March Madness: Cyber Liability & Mitigating Risk - Mar. 19, San Diego, CA

The stakes are getting higher regarding cybersecurity. However, there are several steps organizations can take to protect against cybersecurity data breaches. Further, taking these steps can protect companies in the context...more

Anthem Data Breach Requires Plan Sponsor Attention

On January 29, 2015, Anthem Inc., one of the largest managed health care companies in the country, disclosed that the sensitive personal data of almost 80 million current and former participants in its network was breached in...more

Lessons Learned from the Anthem Cyber-Attack and Corresponding “HIPAA Actions”

Anthem Inc. (“Anthem”), the nation's second-largest health insurer, disclosed on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, that it was the victim of a major cyber-attack. According to Anthem, the attack exposed personal information of...more

BSA Releases European Union Cybersecurity Dashboard

On March 3, BSA/The Software Alliance, a software industry advocacy group, released the EU Cybersecurity Dashboard: A Path to a Secure European Cyberspace (the “EU Dashboard”), an analysis of data security laws and policies...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #2

New DAA App Brings Choice to Mobile - Bringing consumer choice to mobile applications, the Digital Advertising Alliance released “AppChoices,” a free app that will allow consumers to opt out of tracking on mobile...more

Illinois Attorney General Calls For Tougher Data Breach Laws

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently announced a legislative initiative proposing to strengthen Illinois’ Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) amid increased threats of cyberattacks and growing public...more

SEC Report: Just How Prepared are Broker-Dealers and Advisors for Cyber- Attacks?

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published a highly-anticipated summary of its examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers...more

Privacy Tuesday – March 2015: How is Your Cyber Resilience?

Welcome to March (and in the Northeast, the arrival of meterological spring is welcome indeed……) We start this month with a question: Have you looked at your cyber resilience?...more

Update: Transaction Processors Appeal Order Denying Third-Party Fees after Cyber Attack

In early February, this blog discussed a case involving a grocery store chain that was a victim of a cyber-attack and its transaction processors. See Schnuck Mrkts. v. First Data Merchant Servs Corp., No. 4:13-cv-2226-JAR,...more

Cybersecurity Issues Receiving Attention at Highest Level in the U.S.

The Obama Administration could not be more clear that cybersecurity issues will continue to receive priority attention at the highest levels of government. ...more

Federal Court Decision Demonstrates Ongoing Challenges Faced by Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a class action complaint against the St. Joseph Health System arising out of a data security breach that occurred after hackers...more

Solving the Legal Challenges of Trustworthy Online Identity

In this age of phishing, hacking, identity fraud, and other forms of cybercrime, answering two simple questions – “Who are you?” and “How can you prove it?” – is fast becoming a critical requirement for online business...more

FINRA Issues its Cybersecurity Report, Providing Tools and Encouragement to Broker-Dealers

FINRA recently issued a Report on Cybersecurity Practices (“Report”), growing out of its targeted examination of firms last year. To issue the Report, FINRA gave careful consideration to the needs of many broker-dealers for...more

Standing in Data Breach Cases – Still a Moving Target

Where do we stand on standing in data breach cases? It depends on which court you ask. In December 2014, two courts considered whether plaintiffs alleged sufficient injury in their complaints involving well-known data...more

UDRP Panel Tells Snapchat to Check Itself Regarding Snapchatcheck.com

By now you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. But if you are not among its growing core base of users between 13 and 23 years of age (probably a good deal younger than you, constant reader) there’s a good chance you are not a...more

The Government's Strategy to Combat the "Cyber Arms Race"

In the midst of ongoing, escalating and increasingly troublesome reports of large-scale corporate cyber breaches, the federal government is trying to fight back more forcefully with a dual strategy to shore up agency...more

Cyber Risk as a Regulatory Issue: Tales of Encryption

Spurred by the prescient reporting found in this space (and, just maybe, by the Anthem data breach, which occurred a week later), insurance regulators have recently engaged in a flurry of regulatory activity relating to cyber...more

Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Complaint For Lack Of Standing

On February 11, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held that a plaintiff lacked standing to pursue claims for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq....more

Senators Trying to Hit the Brakes on Smart Cars, Citing Privacy and Security Concerns

On February 11, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they would introduce legislation intended to address the data privacy and security vulnerabilities with Internet-connected cars. The...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - February 2015 #2

UK Government Issues Additional Cybersecurity Guidance — The UK Government has issued additional guidance for organizations to help them protect themselves against a cyber-attack. The new guidance supplements the previous...more

A Few Takeaways from the OCIE Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) with summary observations from its recently...more

FINRA Issues Cybersecurity Practices Report And Investor Guidance

On February 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued two publications concerning cybersecurity risks at financial firms. The Report on Cybersecurity Practices presents the results of FINRA’s 2014...more

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