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Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2016 #2

K&S Client Alert: Third Try Is A Charm: Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2015 Enacted Into Law—For the third consecutive year, Congress introduced legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret...more

An Addendum to the Scariest Hack So Far

Andy Johnson-Laird, President of Johnson-Laird, Inc., was kind enough to offer advice on three security techniques he recommends to detect and deny hackers, such as those we discussed in last week’s blog post....more

Notice of proposed rulemaking, exemption for biometrics database from the grasp of the Privacy Act

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register moving to exempt the FBI’s biometrics database from the notice and consent provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974...more

Supreme Court Eases Limits On U.S. Government Hacking Authority

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court approved amendments to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would allow federal judges to issue search warrants granting remote access to electronic devices outside...more

FBI Warns of the Rise in Ransomware

On April 29, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a warning regarding the increase in ransomware cyberattacks. During 2015, law enforcement saw an increase in ransomware attacks, particularly against...more

No Password? See You In Court?

Many headlines have been generated over recent attempts to recover highly desired data from a locked smart device after the death of the device’s owner. While the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over information...more

Lyft, Uber Withdraw From Austin After Defeat at the Ballot Box

Lyft and Uber announced that they were shutting down operations in Austin following a disappointing defeat in a special election held Saturday, May 7, 2016. The election was held to vote on the TNC-sponsored Proposition 1,...more

FBI Returns to House Where it Did Not Find Gardner Museum Art Before, Does Not Find Gardner Museum Art There

Refreshingly, March 18 passed this year without the usual breathless maybe-it’s-about-to-turn-up coverage that has often been manufactured each year on the anniversary of the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist of 1990. That...more

White Collar & Investigations: Hastert Receives 15 Month Sentence in Federal Structuring Case

In June of last year former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted for structuring and false statements to the FBI in an investigation that focused on more than $900,000 in cash...more

Hackers responsible for ruthless SpyEye Trojan sentenced to 24 1/2 years

The Department of Justice has announced that two hackers who built and sold the Trojan called SpyEye, that caused close to $1 billion in banking losses, have been sentenced for a combined 24 1/2 years in federal court in...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches - It was a productive week on the Hill, as the House passed the Email...more

The DOJ’s Self-Disclosure Program Is Not Even Half the Story

Lots of people are talking about the DOJ’s new self-disclosure pilot program, but it was only the last of three steps announced in the DOJ’s Fraud Section FCPA Enforcement Plan and Guidance. One of them has the potential to...more

Top Takeaways from IAPP

The world of privacy grows every day as more data goes through the cloud. The new trends and weekly data breaches make conferences like the Global Privacy Summit all the more relevant. Earlier this month we went to...more

Need to Decrypt an iPhone? There’s an “Act” for That

A pair of recent cases pitted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Apple, Inc. (Apple) in a Herculean struggle between asserted interests in national security and privacy. In both cases, the DOJ relied on the same...more

Government Access to Private Data: Microsoft Opens a New Front in the Battle for Consumer Privacy

Prior to the Information Age, sensitive papers were stored in file cabinets and drawers. When home computers arrived, information was digitized and moved to hard drives or other electronic media, still possessed by the user....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 issues another warning of a “dramatic increase” in phishing spoofs of CEOs

We have consistently reported about increased phishing attacks through emails that purport to come from high level executives, including CEOs. According to the FBI, the hackers use sophisticated social engineering to spoof...more

FCC Proposes Bothersome Breach Definition in Privacy NPRM

On April 1, 2016 the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) concerning privacy regulation of internet broadband service providers (“ISPs”). The NPRM proposes, among other...more

DOJ Launches One-Year Pilot Program to Encourage Corporations to Voluntarily Disclose FCPA Violations

On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division launched a new, one-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) pilot program that the DOJ hopes will encourage corporations to voluntarily...more

Fiduciary Regulation and How Recent Cybersecurity Government Publications Impact HIPAA Security Compliance and the New Audit...

Fiduciary Regulation - The Office of Management and Budget released the final Fiduciary or Conflict of Interest regulation and related prohibited transaction exemption modifications from its review today. The next...more

Chinese national hacker pleads guilty to sending U.S. military data to China

The FBI and DOJ continue their effort to bring cyber hackers to justice. Last week, Chinese national Su Bin pled guilty to stealing data related to Boeing’s C-17 military cargo plane and of trying to steal information...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

BigLaw firms hit with cyber intrusions

Just a week after we reported that the FBI warned international law firms that they are targets for cyber hackings, multiple (reportedly up to 50) BigLaw firms have confirmed that they have been victims of hackings and...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

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