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Privacy Perils: Beware Browser Autofill

The ingenuity of determined fraudsters should never be underestimated. Gizmodo, a technology website, reports on a simple scheme where hackers capture your sensitive information merely by hijacking the autofill features found...more

Law Firm Data Breaches Demonstrate the Expanding Scope of Cyber Attacks

In a case of “cyber meets securities fraud,” the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) recently indicted three foreign nationals on charges of insider trading, wire fraud, and computer...more

Studies Show Ransomware up 6,000% and Reaps Billions and Phishing Emails are Used in 91% of all Cyber-Attacks

A recent IBM study shows that ransomware increased 6,000 percent in 2016 over 2015. According to the report, ransomware was present in almost 40 percent of all spam email messages....more

No More Ransom Project Expands Membership and Tools

The No More Ransom Project, a coalition of security companies and law enforcement, which was launched through a partnership with the European Cybercrime Centre, the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands police,...more

Privacy Tip #69 – Hit with Ransomware? To Pay or Not to Pay

Every day I get a call from a client asking for help involving ransomware. Friends have called in a panic when that dreadful message comes up on the screen informing you that you are the victim of ransomware with instructions...more

How Should We Think About Cyber War, Where Rules Remain to be Written?

The recent hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the United States’ subsequent decision to impose retaliatory sanctions against Russia poses an important question: what does international law have to say about...more

Obama Uses Executive Order Authority to Respond to Malicious Russian Cyber Activity - President Amends EO 13964 From April 2015 in...

President Barack Obama amended Executive Order (EO) 13964 on December 29, 2016, in response to intelligence community findings that the Russian government engaged in malicious cyber activity with respect to the U.S. electoral...more

The State of Cybersecurity in 2016 and the (potential) Great Cyber Fire

Cybersecurity hit the news hard in 2016. The number of high profile, and troubling, cyber incidents increased significantly. The Democratic National Committee and one of Clinton’s top advisor’s being hacked, with leaked...more

2016 was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad...more

The Supreme Court’s Broad Interpretation of the Bank Fraud Statute May Provide a Potent Tool in Combatting Cybercrime

The Supreme Court in Shaw v. United States recently held that the federal bank fraud statute does not require that defendants cause, or intend to cause, an actual financial loss to the financial institutions they seek to...more

Affair Website Ashley Madison Fined $8.75 Million Over Data Breach, Misrepresentations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a multimillion dollar settlement with the owners and operators of AshleyMadison.com, a dating website for people interested in having discreet affairs, related to the...more

Over 3.1 Billion Records Breached So Far in 2016

The tally of records breached in 2016 (through November) globally was over 2.1 billion, according to IT Governance. With the announcement yesterday of Yahoo’s breach of another 1 billion records, that tally is now up to 3.1...more

Ashley Madison Settles with FTC and State AGs for $1.6 Million

We have previously reported on the Ashley Madison data breach and subsequent litigation. On December 14th, Ashley Madison announced that it has agreed to pay $1.6 million and implement additional security measures to settle...more

Yahoo Announces Another Breach of One Billion Accounts

Yahoo Inc. announced on December 14th that hackers stole the personal information of more than one billion users, which is in addition to the 500 million accounts compromised that was announced in September....more

The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:...more

Maritime Cybersecurity Inland and Offshore – Avoiding “Paid Spies and Secret Confidential Agents on the Water of the Devil” and...

The past eighteen to twenty-four months have seen a tectonic shift of focus (as well as a plethora of industry-generated white papers) by virtually every governmental regulatory entity, NGO, and industry group in the maritime...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

Phishing as a Service

A recent report from Imperva, Inc. has identified a Phishing as a Service (PhaaS) being offered on a Russian website. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team defines phishing as “an attempt by an individual or...more

HHS Issues Warning About Phishing Campaign Disguised As Official Communication

As part of its efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) engages in audits of covered...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

There’s No Flying Under the Radar: Why Small Businesses Should Get Smart About Information Security

The latest publication by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), entitled “Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals,” aims to promote and assist small businesses in their efforts to manage...more

Privacy Tip #62 – PoisonTap Can Compromise Computer with USB Stick

Security researcher Samy Kamkar has announced that a new hacking tool—PoisonTap—can be loaded onto a USB stick and used to hijack the Internet connection of one’s computer....more

New IBM/Ponemon Study Shows Low Organizational Cyber Resilience

A new IBM/Ponemon Study released late last week, 2016 Cyber Resilient Organization, reveals that only 32 percent of IT and security professionals believe that their organization has a “high” level of cyber resilience....more

US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Issues Advisory and Frequently Asked Questions on Reporting Cyber-Events in Suspicious...

On October 25, 2016, FinCEN issued an Advisory and related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the reporting of cyber-events, cyber-enabled crime and cyber-related information through Suspicious Activity Reports...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year In Preview: The Changing Face of State Law and Enforcement

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a continuing end-of-year series. Stay tuned for our next installment, discussing HIPAA compliance. In the patchwork of state and federal law regulating the use and maintenance of...more

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