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DOJ Charges Chinese Military Hackers with Economic Espionage

In what is the first case of its kind, the Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Chinese military officers for hacking U.S. Companies. Five Chinese military officers, all members of China’s Peoples’ Liberation...more

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

A CTO’s Views On How To Combat Hackers & Cybercriminals

In this article, I delve into the views and opinions of a chief technology officer of a telecommunications company to understand important steps a company can take to combat hackers and cyber-criminals....more

License to Hack? DOJ Seeks Expanded Authority to Use Hacking Techniques

As part of its increased focus on combating cybercrime, the U.S. Department of Justice is pushing to loosen requirements for obtaining search warrants in order to allow them greater freedom to hack into the computers of...more

You're Not Immune: Hackers Target Health Care Providers Of All Shapes & Sizes

For health care providers, exposure to cyberattacks is becoming a stark reality. Findings in a recently released Health Care Cyberthreat Report by cybersecurity leaders confirmed the health care industry's vulnerabilities for...more

Personal Injury Coverage Does not Apply to Data Breach

According to a Law360 report, Sony Units Denied Coverage For Suits Tied To Cyber Attack (subscription required), a New York state judge ruled last Friday in the Zurich v. Sony insurance litigation that the stealing of...more

“Sophisticated” Breach Exposes 300,000 Student Records at University of Maryland: 3 Questions You Should Ask

Officials at the University of Maryland (“University” or “UMD”) announced that UMD was the victim of a significant security breach that took place on Tuesday, February 18 (the “Breach” or “Incident”). The Incident,...more

Hackers' Withdrawal Of Funds Not Covered Under Property "All Risks" Policy

In Metro Brokers, Inc. v. Transportation Insurance Company, Inc. Civil Action no. 1:12-cv-3010-ODE, (2013), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia applied Georgia contract law to find no...more

Data Security Breach at Target is an Important Lesson for All Companies

News about the data security breach at Target is rapidly developing. Current reports indicate that in the last few weeks, the credit and debit card information for as many as 40 million Target customers was compromised.1 The...more

Before Becoming The Next Target: Recent Case Highlights The Need To Consider Insurance For Data Breaches

If only one of Target, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, and so on and so forth, had suffered a serious data breach within the last few months that would be sufficiently troubling. Yet data breaches have become so...more

A Weapon Against Hackers on the Home Front

Although headlines have focused on foreign cyberattacks, plenty are U.S.-based—and can be remedied. Over the past year the national press has repeatedly reported on the vulner­ability of our intellectual property to...more

A New Year’s Resolution to Avoid Cyber Attacks: It Is Not IF but WHEN … Just Ask Target

On December 13, 2013, it was reported that Target was the victim of a successful cyber attack, resulting in the theft of personal financial information from up to 110 million Target credit card customers – the largest theft...more

Target Targeted for Big Data Theft

Over the course of 19 days, beginning on the day before Thanksgiving, hackers obtained personally identifiable information, including credit card numbers and security codes, from 40 million shoppers at some 1,800 Target...more

Trade Secrets Watch 2013 Year-In-Review

It’s been a hot year in the trade secrets field, with some huge verdicts and settlements, a renewed spotlight on cyberattacks, and an unusual flurry of trade secrets legislation. Trade Secrets Watch’s 2013 Year-in-Review...more

Hacking Back: For Now, Be Vigilant Rather Than a Vigilante

In the cyber-security world, "hacking back" – using hacker-like techniques to defend a company's IT systems by going on the offensive and instituting countermeasures to cyberattacks -- is generating much buzz. For example,...more

Viruses, Trojans and Spyware, Oh My! The Yellow Brick Road to Coverage in the Land of Internet Oz – Part I

We’re not in e-Kansas anymore. And there’s no denying that present day internet Oz, while extraordinary, is increasingly scary. Cyber attacks of various types continue to escalate across the globe. As aptly stated by one...more

Attacked On All Fronts : FTC Defends Its Authority to Sue Companies That Are Victims of Hacking for “Unfair” Security Practices

Getting hacked by Russian hackers three times in two years has turned out to be only half of the problem for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. The Federal Trade Commission, in a broad interpretation of the authority granted to...more

Cyber Law Tracker: CERT Updates CryptoLocker Ransomware Alert

This year, US-CERT (the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) identified a malware campaign titled CryptoLocker, and last week, it updated the alert on this malware. CryptoLocker is a new version of ransomware that...more

2013: Year of the Mega Breach Cybersecurity Awareness Month - A Good Time for a Crisis Audit

Already this year, hackers have perpetrated seven "mega breaches" (breaches involving over 1 million records each), compromising and exposing over 112 million total records. The average size of a data breach in the U.S. this...more

Insuring Your Company Against Cyber-Attacks

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of 13 individuals associated with the hacker organization Anonymous for a widespread scheme to disrupt and shut down commercial and government websites....more

Federal Court Dismisses Action Brought by Data Breach Plaintiffs for Failure to Demonstrate Injury Under Clapper

On September 3, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a class action complaint arising from a credit card “skimming” attack suffered by Barnes & Noble in 2012. U.S. District Judge John...more

DOJ Announces Five Indictments In Largest Known Data Breach Case

On July 25, the DOJ announced the indictment of five individuals accused of conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and...more

And the hits keep on coming……..

The ”hits” to data bases, in any event. Here is a rundown of some of the most recent data breach reports – Oregon Health & Science University Data Breach Compromises 3,000 Patients’ Records in the Cloud. Modern...more

Academic Institutions Face Increased Threat Of Cyberattacks

American research universities typically structure their data and digital networks to be as accessible and open as possible to promote the open exchange and sharing of information. ...more

Week in Review - July 18, 2013

As Edward Snowden continues to seek asylum, privacy issues remain center stage in the world of technology. Universities are rethinking their network security as they face cyberattacks from around the world. The University of...more

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