Cyber Crimes

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Internal Revenue Service Announces Creation Of A Criminal Investigative Team To Focus On Cyber Tax Fraud

A May 5, 2015 report detailed that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has created a new cybercrime investigation team. Based in Washington, D.C., and made up of about a dozen specially-trained agents, the unit will focus...more

DOJ Issues New Cyber-Incident Preparedness and Response Guidance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released new guidance on cyber preparedness and incident response last week, becoming the latest federal agency to do so in recent months. Newly sworn-in Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has...more

DOJ Guidance for Victims of Cybercrime: The Dos and Do Nots of Cyber Preparedness

On April 29, 2015, the Cybersecurity Unit in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the U.S. Department of Justice released a best practices document (Document) for victims of cyber incidents. The...more

First IoT Legal and Business Framework Webinar: Summary of Conclusions!

Thank you all for attending our webinar on the “Internet of Things Legal and Business Framework”. For those who could not attend, the main conclusions are summarized below...more

New US sanctions program to combat cybercrimes: 3 action steps for tech companies

The new sanctions in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” target individuals and...more

Data Privacy and Security Considerations in M&A Transactions

By some estimates, cybercrime costs the global economy $445 billion annually. If cybercrime were a single country, this dollar amount would place it within the world’s top 30 countries in terms of gross domestic product, and...more

Two Oft-Neglected Cybersecurity Protections

With each passing year, cybercrime moves further into the mainstream of public company existence. What until recently was mostly an annoying, abstract concern for a handful of companies is now a daily menace that impacts...more

President Issues Executive Order to Block Assets of Foreign Cyber Attackers

President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13694 (EO 13694 or EO), “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” EO 13694 is aimed at deterring cyber attacks,...more

United States Goes on the Offensive Against International Cybercrime - 2015 Cybersecurity Executive Order

On April 1, President Obama signed an Executive Order to combat the "national emergency" sparked by a rapidly evolving global cybercrime environment. The Executive Order directs the U.S. Treasury Department to impose...more

IBM identifies cybercriminals’ increased use of Dyre Wolf to steal millions

IBM researchers reported late last week that they have identified an increase in the use of Dyre Wolf malware which has contributed to the loss of millions of dollars from victim companies. Dyre Wolf allows the intruders to...more

Executive Order Blocks Property of Those Engaging in Malicious Cyber Activities

The executive order enables US government agencies to block the assets of any foreign person determined to have engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities....more

Information Sharing Can Help Fortify Your Cybersecurity Strategy

Having strong cybersecurity policies is critical for protecting a company's business, as the amount of commerce conducted over networks and the Internet increases each year. Last month the Congressional Research Service...more

Guard Your Sheep, The Dyre Wolf is Coming

IBM announced this week that it had uncovered a highly-sophisticated scheme to steal funds from medium to large U.S.-based companies. The scheme dubbed “The Dyre Wolf” only targets companies, unlike past schemes which also...more

Cyber Sanctions and National Security

In response to the growing cyber security threats from outside of the United States, the U.S. Government has added an entire new category of sanctioned individuals and organizations to its list of Specially Designated...more

President Obama’s April Fools' Day Order on Cyberterrorism – No Joking About It!

While it’s not clear whether the President’s release today of an Executive Order, "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities," was purposefully timed to coincide with...more

POTUS Declares Cybercrime a National Emergency, Announces New Penalties for Trade Secrets Theft

Declaring cybercrime a “national emergency,” President Obama today empowered Treasury to freeze assets that are the fruits of cybercrime, according to an Executive Order issued this afternoon. The agency can block money or...more

Cyber Extortion: What to Do When Your Data is Being Held for Ransom

Imagine you are the IT systems administrator of a large corporation. Coffee in hand, you sit down one morning and log in. You receive a message that there has been an intrusion into the corporate database, a large amount of...more

New Tools for Companies Against Cybercrime

Obama administration proposal would reduce legal ambiguities and allow civil RICO claims. On January 2015, the Obama administration announced a series of proposals to strength­en the country’s response to...more

Five Minutes With … National Security and Cybercrime Professor Ahmed Ghappour

This marks the inaugural “Five Minutes With” feature that Trade Secrets Watch will run occasionally.  These will be question-and-answers with notable figures in the trade secrets world. TSW got a chance to sit down with UC...more

EU Art. 29 Assesses Cybercrime Assessment

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) sent a letter to the Council of Europe discussing its first assessment of several cybercrime scenarios presented at the 2014 Cybercrime@Octopus conference...more

This Is One Form 8-K, You’ll Never Want To File

In a recently filed Form 8-K, an international money transmitter, Xoom Corporation, reported that been the victim of a criminal fraud. This was no small heist. According to company, over $30 million had been transferred to...more

Status Updates - January 2015 #3

A Craigslist conviction. The highest court in Massachusetts upheld the conviction under the Bay State’s anti-harassment statute of a couple who posted fake Craigslist advertisements that caused a great deal of trouble for...more

FBI Director James Comey To The Private Sector: “You need protection. You need guidance. I need information.”

FBI Director Comey delivered a keynote speech at the annual International Conference on Cyber Security this past Wednesday at Fordham University. In his speech, Director Comey discussed a number of organizational changes over...more

Cybersecurity: It’s Not Just An “IT” Problem Anymore

Cybersecurity breaches made headlines in 2014, but how troubling is it? Very, according to findings recently published by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). According to PwC’s research, global cybersecurity incidents...more

Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

Symantec Corporation, the data security software provider, filed a motion to quash the plaintiffs’ third-party subpoena in the consolidated class action over Target Corporation’s massive customer data breach in late 2013. ...more

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