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Lessons from the Equifax Breach

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

As data breaches go, they don’t get much bigger than this. On Thursday, September 7, credit reporting giant, Equifax, reported that it had suffered a cyber-incident. 143 million consumer records, including names, birth dates,...more

NIAC Warns That United States Is “Falling Short” Defending Critical Infrastructure; Recommends Eleven-Step Action Plan

by King & Spalding on

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a draft report at the end of August assessing the U.S.’s cyber preparedness related to critical infrastructure. ...more

Equifax Data Suppliers Urged by DFS to Give Hack “Highest Degree of Attention”

Yesterday, New York’s top financial regulator asked state-chartered banks and insurers to take immediate precautions to protect consumers and the financial markets “in light of the cybersecurity attack” at Equifax Inc....more

Equifax Week Two: It Keeps Getting Worse

The drumbeat of bad news continues for credit monitoring agency Equifax Inc., after its disclosure on September 7th of a massive data breach – compromising Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personally...more

Legal Implications and Initial Takeaways from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that compile and evaluate the financial history of consumers, announced that it suffered a security breach in which sensitive information of...more

So…Everyone’s Been Compromised? What To Do In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach

by Dickinson Wright on

By now, you’ve probably heard that over 143 million records containing highly sensitive personal information have been compromised in the Equifax data breach. With numbers exceeding 40% of the population of the United States...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

After Equifax: What Should the Public Do?

As we have discussed in previous posts, Equifax Inc. suffered a cybersecurity breach potentially affecting 143 million individuals in the United States. Although Equifax’s investigation is ongoing, the data at risk includes...more

The Biggest Health Care Data Breaches in 2017

Health Data Management (HDM), using information compiled by Protenus Breach Barometer, published a list this week of the biggest health care data breaches so far in 2017....more

The Equifax Breach: Protecting Yourself Against Threats to Your Finances and Identity

On September 7, U.S. credit reporting agency Equifax reported that it had been hacked and more than 140 million people might have had their information stolen. The breach could have global implications: Equifax has stated...more

Privacy Tip #105 – Data Breach Woes

I spend a lot of time and effort to protect the privacy of my personal information. I am very careful. I have pretty good security hygiene. But I don’t have total control of my personal information and it is frustrating. I am...more

Equifax Breach Affects 143M: If GDPR Were in Effect, What Would Be the Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The security breach announced by Equifax Inc. on September 7, 2017, grabbed headlines around the world as Equifax revealed that personal data of roughly 143 million consumers in the United States and certain UK and Canadian...more

New Cybersecurity Report Asks the Private Sector to Join Forces with the Government

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The government is continuing to ask for more help from the private sector to defend against cyber attacks. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) recently published a report discussing current cyber threats and...more

Equifax Breach is a Category 5 Incident Affecting You – Our Recommendations on How to Safeguard Your Data

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced what appears to be the largest breach of consumer data in US history. According to Equifax, it discovered on July 29, 2017 that it had suffered a cyber-attack which lasted from May to...more

Data Breach Preparedness: A Critical Risk Management Priority For Small And Mid-Sized Businesses

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After hearing a lot lately about big companies suffering data breaches, it is important to remember that, according to inc.com, half of all cyberattacks target small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Based on a 2016 State of...more

I May Have Been Affected by the Equifax Breach: Now What Do I Do?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

If you’ve seen the news, you’re probably aware that Equifax announced last week that hackers had breached some of its website application software, potentially affecting the sensitive personal information of approximately...more

Privacy Perils: Hackers Breach Instagram User Accounts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Engineers at Instagram have revealed that hackers managed to gain access to the contact numbers and email addresses (but not passwords) of some of Instagram's users via a bug in the app's API (Application Programming...more

Yes, You Were Likely a Victim of the Equifax Hack, But Here’s What You Can Do Now

As we previously said, the Equifax breach affects approximately 143 million Americans. While the hackers stole data that includes addresses, birth dates, full names and Social Security numbers, there are steps you can take...more

Not So Entertaining: Cybercrime In The Entertainment Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although certain industries are known targets for cyber attacks – healthcare, financial, government – cyber attacks pose a threat to all sectors. Organizations in the entertainment industry have increasingly become targets of...more

So They’ve Hacked Equifax…. Is Anyone Safe? And What Should You Do Now?

Me and 143 million of my closest friends may have had our personal information inappropriately accessed through a breach at Equifax–is there no safe haven anywhere? Deferring that question for another day, here are the...more

Equifax Hack Endangers Millions of Consumers

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, disclosed yesterday that hackers had breached its security systems and stolen information relating to as many as 134 million American...more

Hack Hangover: The News Keeps Getting Worse for Equifax

Since the massive data breach at Equifax Inc. was disclosed late Thursday, the news has only gotten worse for the Atlanta-based credit monitoring agency. Here’s a brief chronological recap of what we know so far...more

Equifax Hack: The Morning After

Within hours after Equifax disclosed yesterday that hackers had compromised the personal information of nearly 143 million Americans, the Atlanta-based credit reporting agency was hit with a class action lawsuit in U.S....more

8th Circuit Affirms Standing as Barrier in Data Breach Class Actions

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has become the latest appellate court to enter the contested debate over Article III standing in data breach litigation. The Eighth Circuit held that 15 of 16 named plaintiffs...more

Will I Get Sued After a Data Breach? D.C. Circuit Broadens Scope of Data That Gives Rise to Identity Theft in CareFirst

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

In the latest sign that data breach class actions are here to stay—and, indeed, growing—the D.C. Circuit resuscitated claims against health insurer CareFirst BlueCross and Blue Shield, following a 2015 breach that compromised...more

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