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Target Files Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

By now, we all know about the massive data breach at national retailer Target over the 2013 holiday season. The cyber-attack was carried out by sophisticated criminal hackers, who allegedly gained access to Target’s network...more

Massive Online Security Breach – Are You Reactive or Proactive?

A few weeks ago, a Russian cyber gang amassed around 1.2 billion user name and password credentials belonging to more than 500 million email addresses. This may be to date the largest cache of stolen data. The cyber gang...more

Weighing in – 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords. What, Me Worry About CyberSecurity?

Last month one of our lead articles was Cyber Security: Forewarned is Fair-Warned. Last week the New York Times published an article reporting that at least 1.2 billion usernames and passwords were hacked by a Russian...more

Community Health Systems' HIPAA Breach: Significant Lessons for Health Care and Non-Health Care Companies

On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) publicly confirmed, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CHS filing), that its computer network was attacked between April and June 2014 by hackers...more

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network – Information of 4.5 Million Individuals Stolen

Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported yesterday that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by a Chinese cyber-attack. CHS and its affiliates own and operate 206 hospitals in 29...more

Russian Crime Ring Possesses Mass Quantities of Stolen Online Information

With recent reports that a Russian crime ring may have stolen the largest collection of online data — including 1.2 billion username and password combinations—effective data security is more critical than ever for all...more

What Companies Can Do to Protect Themselves in the Face of Yet Another Massive Data Breach

Last week it was reported that a small group of Russian computer hackers illegally obtained an unprecedented quantity of internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations, and over 500 million...more

How Are You Affected By The Recent Massive Data Breach?

As you have probably seen, it was announced on Tuesday, August 5th, that usernames and passwords from 1.2 billion Internet accounts from over 420,000 websites were stolen by a criminal organization in Russia. According to...more

Cyber and Data Security and Privacy Liability: The Problem Isn’t Going Away. Get Out in Front of the Problem By Insuring Your...

On August 6, 2014, the New York Times – and other media outlets – reported that a Russian crime ring had amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet data – a cache of at least 1.2 billion user name and password...more

Hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords – 4 steps to take now

The New York Times reported this week that an organized Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion user name and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of...more

Did Russian Hackers Really Amass Over a Billion Passwords?

It was widely reported yesterday in The New York Times and elsewhere that a sophisticated Russian crime ring was holding a massive cache of stolen Internet credentials. According to the private security firm Hold Security, a...more

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

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