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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

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

DocuSign Breach Leads to Email Malware Campaign Requesting Wire Transfers

Electronic signature technology company DocuSign has admitted that it suffered a breach of one of its computer systems resulting in stolen data including customer and user email addresses. The breach has allowed the hackers...more

IoT got 99 problems and security is one

by DLA Piper on

The number of internet connected devices and products is rapidly increasing and in turn creating more opportunity for cyber security breaches and generating greater amounts of data including personal information. Consumer...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...more

Watch What You Click (Again!): DocuSign Confirms Data Breach Incident

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Well-known and very popular digital signature service DocuSign acknowledged a data breach incident in which a large number of customer email addresses were stolen. The company announced on its website that the data stolen was...more

SEC Emphasizes Cybersecurity Preparedness in Wake of Global Ransomware Attack

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has issued a Risk Alert in the wake of the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack that has inflicted hundreds of thousands...more

DocuSign Breach a Strong Reminder for the Mortgage Industry to Manage Third-Party Service Provider Risks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 16, DocuSign confirmed that a data breach resulted in widespread malware phishing attacks targeting its customers. DocuSign provides electronic signature solutions for many companies in the mortgage banking industry...more

New Mexico becomes 48th state to enact a data breach law, plus US state-level updates

by DLA Piper on

An active spring state legislative session has already produced a few new state data breach laws. Notably, when New Mexico HB 15 was signed into law on April 6, the state became the 48th in the nation to have a data breach...more

Privacy Tip #88 – The Challenge of Keeping Up with Patches

Over the past week, many clients and individuals have asked me why some companies and health care facilities were devastated by the WannaCry ransomware, and why others made it through the weekend without a blink of an eye....more

Settlement in Home Depot Class Action Provides Data Security Corporate Governance Framework for Companies

by Nossaman LLP on

The latest settlement in Home Depot’s data breach litigation provides a data security framework for corporate governance that may be used by other companies as a template. Based on claims arising from a massive data breach...more

Cyber Insurance: A Necessary Shield Against Digital Infiltration

The threat of a cyber-attack is hardly virtual. From covertly installing malware that holds a victim company’s data hostage, to soliciting confidential information via email under the false pretense that they are privy to...more

HHS OCR Resumes HIPAA Enforcement Action Announcements: Four New Settlements and Penalties Totaling More than $5 million in a One...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

After a pause of nearly two months, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) has resumed its announcement of settlements for alleged HIPAA violations, with four new settlement agreements...more

Is Your Organization Ready for a Systemwide Ransomware Attack?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ransomware attacks just went big time. In a period of mere hours late last week, a global ransomware attack infected more than 200,000 computers and affected more than 100,000 organizations in over 150 countries. To put this...more

Brooks Brothers Reports Payment Card Data Breach

A lawyer’s nightmare: retailer Brooks Brothers announced late last week that it has become the newest retailer to suffer a payment card data breach. According to Brooks Brothers, which is calling it a “data incident”,...more

WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Cybersecurity Diligence

Last week’s massive ransomware attack should serve as a wake-up call that companies across all industries and regions must take the threat of global cyber attacks seriously. Although investigators are still uncovering...more

Yesterday, #WannaCry. Today, #DocuSignPhish

Another day, another data incident. If you use DocuSign, you’ll want to pay attention. The provider of e-signature technology has acknowledged a data breach incident in which an unauthorized third party gained access to...more

Third-Party Data Breaches: Weakest Link in Cybersecurity

by Revision Legal on

One problem that many companies discover as they develop cybersecurity measures is that third-party data breaches is the weakest link in its data management chain. Many companies find it a business necessity to outsource...more

Substantial Risk of Harm in Data Breach Class Actions Ripe for Supreme Court Review

by BakerHostetler on

Early in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc., No. 16-260 (L) (2d Cir. May 2, 2017), affirmed the dismissal of a data breach class action brought against Michaels Stores...more

What is a Zero-Day Vulnerability?

by Revision Legal on

In the realm of cyber security there are many types of attacks and vulnerability exploits that can be used by hackers to gain unauthorized access to computer systems: viruses, Trojans, malware, ransomware, phishing, and a...more

Standing hurdles continue to bedevil data breach plaintiffs

Plaintiffs presenting a claim in federal court must have standing to sue, under Article III of the Constitution (as we have written about in the past). The Second Circuit recently entered an order reminding plaintiffs,...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

Misconfigured Backup Server Exposes 7,000+ Medical Records

A misconfigured backup server hosted by medical records technology vendor iHealth Solutions resulted in exposure of over 7,000 medical records, some containing sensitive information. The records, involving patients seen at...more

Combatting the Massive Wave of WannaCry Ransomware

by Hogan Lovells on

Major companies, health care organizations and government agencies are facing a wave of cyberattacks involving ransomware that takes control of computers and denies access until a ransom is paid. These attacks are occurring...more

WannaCry Ransomware – What You Need to Know

by Burr & Forman on

Starting on Friday, May 12th , computers in countries around the world have fallen victim to the latest ransomware attack. As of Monday morning, it is estimated that more than 150 countries have infected systems, totaling...more

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