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WannaCry Ransomware Alert

This is not a drill. Companies and law enforcement agencies around the world have been left scrambling after the world’s most prolific ransomware attack hit over 500,000 computers in 150 countries over a span of only 4...more

WannaCry: What to Know and What to Do

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a malicious ransomware program known as WannaCry was discovered infecting computer systems all over the world. It set off alarms globally, and so far has infected over 200,000 computers across more...more

Ransomware: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Have Been Hit

by Perkins Coie on

Computer systems around the world have been impacted by the largest cyber-extortion attack in history. According to news reports, the “ransomware” attack hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries since it started on...more

WannaCry Ransomware Update 16 May 2017

This is an update to our 15 May 2017 e-mail regarding WannaCry ransomware, also known as WannaCry, Wry, WanaCrypt0r, Wannacrypt, Wanna Decryptor, etc....more

WannaCry Ransomware Attack: What Happened and How to Address

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Recently, a widespread global ransomware attack has struck hospitals, communication, and other types of companies and government offices around the world, seizing control of affected computers until the victims pay a ransom. ...more

FBI Issues Ransomware Warning

Amid cyber-attacks that have spread around the globe affecting at least 150 countries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a FLASH report warning of the effects of a ransomware known as “WannaCry.” The warning –...more

FBI Warns Cyber Criminals Are Targeting Unsecured FTP Servers In The Healthcare Industry

by Dentons on

On March 22, 2017, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification, warning that criminal actors are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers operating in “anonymous” mode and associated with medical and dental...more

FBI Warns Healthcare Industry about Vulnerability of FTP Servers

The FBI issued a Private Industry Alert on March 22, 2017, to health and dental providers entitled “Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers to Compromise Protected Health Information” specifically warning health and dental...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

by Snell & Wilmer on

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Takes Center Stage At FBI, DHS, NIST and Congress

by Dentons on

On October 21, 2016, a domain name service host and internet management company experienced at least two waves of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that impacted at least 80 websites, including those belonging to...more

A Closer Look: Practical Tips to Managing a Ransomware Attack Part 2

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Part 1 of this two part series laid out the state of the industry regarding ransomware. In Part 2, this post will examine what steps to take, or not to take, during and after a ransomware attack. “We’ve Been Hit – Now...more

Data Breach Decision Points: Part 4

by Bryan Cave on

The best way for a company to handle a data breach is to be prepared. As we discuss in our data breach readiness handbook, preparation includes, among other things, drafting an incident response plan, reviewing...more

A New Chapter in the Cybersecurity? Is there a Role for Active Deterrence?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

In the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, after Butch and Sundance rob Union Pacific Railroad (“Union Pacific”) the first time, Union Pacific employs a stronger safe. After Butch and Sundance rob Union Pacific a...more

Back to School – Avoiding Theft of Data and Money via the “Business Email Compromise” Scam

The FBI warned this summer that the “Business Email Compromise” (“BEC”) scam continues to grow, evolve, and target businesses of all sizes. As reported by the FBI in June, the scam had hit more than 22,000 victims for a...more

Privacy Tip #37 – Beware of fake USB drives and phone chargers

USB drives and phone chargers are expensive. Hackers know that. One way hackers are gaining access to get into computers to steal data is by planting USB drives and phone chargers in public areas, hoping someone will pick it...more

Beware of Emerging Cyber Scams – Part 1: Business Email Compromise

by Snell & Wilmer on

This is the first in a series of articles about increasingly sophisticated cyber scams, and follows several alerts issued by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). These scams include: (1) Business Email...more

Government Seeks Civil Forfeiture of Funds Stolen in Business E-Mail Fraud

On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover nearly $100 million stolen from an unidentified U.S. company through a form of wire fraud or...more

FBI’s cyber most wanted: Spotlight on Firas Dardar and Ahmed Agha

New additions to the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Wanted List show “the line between ordinary criminal hackers and potential national security threats is increasingly blurry,” according to Assistant Attorney General for National...more

Cyber prosecutions update

The feds have been busy on the cyber prosecutions front. First, on March 18, 2016, the FBI announced that a multi-agency collaborative effort blew up an identity theft ring whose leader was an inmate in a Georgia prison. The...more

FBI issues warning to law firms

The FBI has issued a Private Industry Notification to law firms indicating that a cyber crime insider trading ring is targeting “international law firm information used to facilitate business ventures.” According to the FBI...more

The FBI’s “Cyber Most Wanted”

We’ve all heard of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, but fewer people know that the FBI has a special most wanted list just for computer criminals. The FBI’s “Cyber’s Most Wanted” list features the FBI’s most wanted computer...more

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

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

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