Cyber Crimes

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Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s...more

Breaches, Damned Breaches and Their Statistics

Interesting conclusions about data breach costs emerge from two new studies, the 2015 Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Cyber Crime Study: Global and the 2015 NetDiligence® Cyber Claims Study. While the phrase alluded to in our...more

Recent Amendments to Security Breach Notification Laws Further Complicate Breach Notification for Employers

It is not a matter of "if" but "when" an employer will be required to notify employees of a security breach.  Forty-seven states require employers to notify employees when defined categories of personal information, including...more

Report on Student Data Privacy Highlights Two Key Issues For School Leaders

Student data privacy is the “it” issue right now in edtech, as evidenced by a recent special Student Data Privacy Report (free registration required) issued by Education Week. Education Week prefaces the report with a fact...more

Uber class action case hits roadblock

A California federal judge has ruled that a former Uber driver who is suing Uber in a proposed class action case was unable to show that he suffers an immediate threat of identity theft and dismissed the driver’s first...more

Senate passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

After a long delay, with a vote of 74 to 21, the United States Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) on October 27, 2015. The bill has been touted as being controversial and is opposed by...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

Colleges and Universities Are Prime Cyberattack Targets: What’s Behind the Threat?

When it comes to cyberattack targets, many think of retailers and associated credit card transactions or customer information, or perhaps healthcare providers with their ever-increasing storage and transmission of electronic...more

The Evolving World of Privacy and Data Security Covered at Nossaman-UCI Cyber Symposium

On October 12, Nossaman and UC Irvine hosted their first annual cyber symposium at the Los Angeles City Club. The event brought experts together to discuss a variety of critical issues in the worlds of privacy and data...more

Could a Vendor’s Lax Info Security Ruin Your Holiday Sales? Seven Preventative Steps for Retailers

Many of the largest retailer data security breaches have been caused or enabled by the acts or omissions of retailers’ vendors, such as the widely publicized incident at Target Corporation. Several such breaches occurred...more

Purchasing Cyber Insurance? Important Considerations from the Recent Nossaman/ UCI Cyber Symposium

On October 12, 2015, Nossaman and UC Irvine hosted a Cyber Symposium at the City Club in Los Angeles. The event included four panels of Nossaman lawyers, UCI professors, and private professionals who are experts in the areas...more

New York Stock Exchange releases cybersecurity guide for public companies

We continue to urge CEOs and boards of public companies (and private and not-for profits) to harken the call of getting a handle on cybersecurity risk to companies today. Not too soon, the New York Stock Exchange published a...more

Chinese government arrests hackers

We have been reporting on the success of the Department of Justice in combatting cybercrime through prosecutions of hackers. But we never expected this. Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S., and for the first...more

CIA Director’s email account hacked

An anonymous hacker has contacted the New York Post to explain how he was able to hack into the CIA Director’s AOL email account. According to several reports, a high school student and his two friends implemented social...more

Sony will pay up to $4.5M to settle data breach case with employees and up to $3.49 in attorneys’ fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys

Sony Pictures (Sony) agreed on Monday (October 19, 2015) to pay at least $2M and up to $4.5M to employees whose personal information was breached and posted online during the massive hack that hit Sony in 2014....more

Policyholder Insider Quarterly

Some Words Are More Equal Than Others: BancInsure vs. FDIC - In George Orwell's "Animal Farm", the governing principle that "all animals are equal" was revised by the pigs, who had ascended into power, to "all animals...more

Disgruntled Former Tribune Company Employee Who Aided Hacking Convicted; Could Face Jail Time

On October 7, 2015, former Tribune Company employee Matthew Keys was convicted of three felonies stemming in part from assistance he provided to the hacking collective Anonymous to alter content on the LA Times’ website. ...more

Keeping the Data-Breach Headlines In Perspective

From the Sony Pictures settlement, to the Ashley Madison debacle, data breaches are making big headlines of late. And when it comes to one case in particular — the data breach at luxury retailer Neiman Marcus (Remijas v....more

Illinois to Host Cyber Risk and Security Conferences; CSBS to Co-host

On October 14, the Illinois Division of Banking announced that it would host two Cyber Risk and Security Conferences on November 9 and November 16. With the growing number of threats to financial data systems, cyber and data...more

Stretched Past Its Limits: Have The Courts Extended Immunity From Online Tort Liability Too Far?

I have practiced entertainment and technology law for over 30 years. More than any other area of the law, the developments and enhancements in technology have outpaced the law’s ability to take those developments and...more

PRIVACY POLICIES AND THE SALE OF CORPORATE ASSETS: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset. At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately,...more

California Updates Data Breach Notification Statute

Three bills that will update California’s data breach notification requirements have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bills impose specific requirements on providing breach notification to consumers, add a...more

When a Cyber Attack Has Physical Impact

October ordinarily brings the return of crisp air, fall foliage, and Halloween. This year, for the first time, it also brings National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Yet designating a month to increase cybersecurity...more

California Beefs Up Encryption & Notice in Data Breach Law

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 964 and S.B. 570 into law, a pair of bills that amended the Golden State’s data breach notification statute (Ca. Civ. Code § 1798.82). The amendments...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Product Liability PART 4: Government Oversight

The exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is far outpacing the ability of stakeholders to address safety standards and security concerns. This is not unusual as rapidly developing technology often challenges...more

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