Cyber Attacks

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U.S. Senators Want Answers: Yahoo’s Unacceptable Delay In Data Breach Announcement

The aftermath of Yahoo’s data breach has raised a number of questions from customers, law enforcement, and most recently six U.S. Senators. Yesterday, Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard...more

September 2016: Cyber Security & Data Protection Update

Ransomware: Extortion for the Digital Age. As 2015 drew to a close, security analysts predicted that 2016 would be “the year of ransomware.” Ransomware is not a new concept. Early versions appeared in 1989 and the first...more

Is Your Business Prepared for the Ransomware Epidemic?

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) kicked off its fall technology series with a workshop on the growing threat of ransomware. Ransomware is an increasingly common and insidious form of malware that locks...more

Breach Notification law: Yahoo’s Breach and the Duty to Disclose

Last week, Yahoo disclosed that in 2014 it suffered one of the largest data breaches in history, with at least 500 million Yahoo accounts compromised.  Given the timing of its acquisition deal with Verizon, Yahoo has been...more

Commerce Secretary: Trust Gap Hinders Cyber Attack Reporting

In a keynote address delivered on September 27, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker conceded that “the federal government...more

Blog: The FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms

Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Director of Specialist Supervision has delivered a speech at the FT’s Cyber Security Summit, about the FCA’s approach to cyber security in financial services firms. There are 3 short takeaways...more

Yuba Sutter Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Yuba Sutter Medical Center in California (Yuba Sutter) has notified its patients that it has suffered a recent ransomware attack that caused parts of its network to be incapacitated. As a result, patient files were unable to...more

5 Questions to Help Prepare for a Ransomware Attack

The news has been filled this year with reports of ransomware attacks against companies and government agencies, including even law enforcement. Ransomware refers to a type of malware that encrypts or otherwise restricts...more

Aravind Swaminathan Weighs in on Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

Aravind Swaminathan, global co-chair of Orrick’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, recently spoke with Global Investigations Review regarding new plans proposed by New York’s Department of Financial Services that will...more

Four States Expanded Employer Data Breach Notification Obligations in 2016

With over 680 security breaches reported so far in 2016, more employers are being forced to confront the issue of how to respond to a breach. All states except Alabama, North Dakota and New Mexico now require notification...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.23.16

Well, see, Yahoo just doesn’t have enough on its plate these days. So why not the revelation that hackers stole data on 500 million users in 2014? The hack—thought to be a state-sponsored affair—is likely the biggest data...more

Privacy Tip #53 – Valuable Lesson: Don’t Write Down Passwords

I have been doing a lot of live employee training lately. I really enjoy it, and have been told that it is some of the most entertaining training around. The reason why I can get the audience to laugh is because I tell real...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

New York Proposes First-Ever Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services recently announced a new proposed rule, which would require financial institutions and insurers to implement strong policies for responding to cyberattacks and data breaches. ...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

Cyber Alert: Security Vulnerabilities: You Don’t Need a Breach to Face Regulatory Scrutiny

Those who track newsworthy data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents know what type of fallout to expect from these events. Class action lawsuits from consumers, shareholders and financial institutions are now not an...more

A Proposed New York State Regulation Requires First-Of-Their-Kind Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies

On September 13, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a first-of-its kind cybersecurity regulation has been proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to further protect New York...more

Ten Things You Need To Know About Ransomware

In 2013, hackers attacked a venerable Swansea, Massachusetts institution via ransomware. Ransomware is software that locks users out of computers or specific files until the victim pays a “fee” to release the lock. Such...more

September Privacy and Security Updates

Although National Cyber Security Month isn’t until October, September has brought plenty of privacy and security updates that health care companies need to be aware of. In this post, we review guidance from the Office for...more

Don’t Ignore Ransomware Vulnerabilities; You Could Be Violating FTC Act

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission convened a ransomware workshop to discuss the rising epidemic of attacks against U.S. businesses and individuals. In a ransomware attack, a malicious actor tricks a user into...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of...more

FFIEC Provides Concrete Guidance on Setting Up Information Security Programs

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)—the interagency body tasked with setting uniform principals and standards for the examination of financial institutions by federal prudential regulators,...more

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Emergency Preparedness Requirements That Address Cyber-Attacks

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule on September 8th, 2016 establishing national emergency preparedness requirements for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid in...more

Business Viewpoint with Tom Vincent: Early investments can pay off in protecting company information

A breach of a company’s information security, and the theft or loss of sensitive data, can be very expensive. These costs can often be reduced, however, by making investments in the security of the company’s information – and...more

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