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Ransomware Cyber Attack Shuts Down the Computer Systems of Airlines, Banks, Utilities and a Major Global Law Firm. Are You...

by Reed Smith on

On June 27, 2017, multiple news sources are reporting that a ransomware attack called Petrwrap/Petya reportedly immobilized the computer network of multiple international businesses, including those of a major global law...more

Ransomware: How Can You Fight Back?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Ransomware is back in the news. Yet again, massive and not-so-massive corporate enterprises find themselves at risk of having their computer systems and records held hostage to internet raiders. And, in an added twist, this...more

Massive Cyberattack Developing Worldwide

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Several cybersecurity firms and news outlets are reporting a new major cyberattack spreading across the globe. The attack, which is still developing and appears to have hit the UK first, is being described as a “global...more

CoPilot Provider Support Services Settles with NYAG for $130,000 for Late Breach Notification

CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. (CoPilot), which provides health care companies with billing and insurance support services, has settled allegations by the New York Attorney General of failing to notify individuals of...more

My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-Attack! What Do We Do Now?

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a cyber-attack “Quick Response” checklist (the Checklist) for the benefit of HIPAA covered entities and business...more

Companies Using IoT Being Hit with Security Breaches

A new survey released by Altman Vilandrie & Company, which surveyed 400 IT personnel who have purchased Internet of Things (IoT) security products, shows that 46 percent of companies that buy IoT security admitted they have...more

OCR Issues Checklist for Responding to Cyber-Attack

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance entitled “My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-attack! What Do We Do Now?” The Checklist is a practical tool for health care entities and outlines several steps to...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

The Internet of Things: A Trifecta of Cyber and Physical Threat Risks

by Wilson Elser on

The recent WannaCry ransomware cyberattack provided another chilling reminder of the potential disruptive power behind the Internet of Things. Even before the WannaCry attack in May 2017, a distributed-denial-of-service...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Expect More. Pay More. No Sale for Target After Paying Out Over $60M in Data Breach Settlements"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Last week, Target announced that it reached a settlement of $18.5 million with attorney generals in 47 states and the District of Columbia over the massive security breach it suffered in 2013....more

Court Applies Work Product Protection to Breach Investigation Reports

One of the most significant questions in data security law is whether reports created by forensic firms investigating data breaches at the direction of counsel are protected from discovery in civil class action lawsuits. ...more

Record-Setting Target Settlement Changes Expectations for Institutional Data Security

On May 24, 47 state attorneys general settled with Target for $18.5 million regarding its 2013 data breach. The implications of the agreement may be more far-reaching than many companies realize. The fact that nearly all...more

Lone Objector’s Class-Conflict Arguments Miss the Target

by Carlton Fields on

In 2015, Target settled a class action stemming from a massive data breach of its customers’ sensitive information. According to the settlement terms, Target agreed to pay $10 million to those affected. The Minnesota district...more

Target Settles with 47 AGs and DC for $18.5 Million

The 2013 hack that caused one of the largest breaches in U.S. retail history continues to be a headache for Target Corp. Following the breach just before the holidays in 2013, Target was hit with consumer class action suits,...more

UK Cyber- Security Breaches Survey

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The UK government launched its 5-year National Cyber Security Strategy in November 2016, investing a reported £1.9 billion to protect UK businesses from cyber-attacks and make the country the safest place to live and do...more

The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

Ransomware Attack Hits Dallas Senior Living Community

No industry is immune from ransomware attacks—including senior living communities. Senior living communities have exploded now that baby boomers are selling homes, down-sizing and getting ready for that stage of life....more

Actions You Can Take to Protect Your Systems and Data from a Cyber Attack

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As a follow up to our cyber security alert from last week, preparing to protect against an event like the recent “WannaCry” global ransomware attack can include a range of IT, business operations and legal steps....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

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

Helping To Protect Your Company From A Cyber-Attack: Eight Tips For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Employment Counsel

by Littler on

Recent, highly publicized data security incidents highlight the continued vulnerability of corporate information systems. Notably, employees who fall prey to sophisticated phishing e-mails and other scams often contribute to...more

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: The Cybersecurity Executive Order (at last)

Amid the flurry following former FBI Director James Comey’s firing last week, President Trump marked his 111th day in office on Thursday, May 11th by signing an executive order targeting national cybersecurity....more

Cyber Insurance: A Necessary Shield Against Digital Infiltration

The threat of a cyber-attack is hardly virtual. From covertly installing malware that holds a victim company’s data hostage, to soliciting confidential information via email under the false pretense that they are privy to...more

White House Issues New Cybersecurity Executive Order

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump recently signed the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The Order sets forth the Trump Administration's policy for cybersecurity of...more

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