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Aravind Swaminathan Weighs in on Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

Aravind Swaminathan, global co-chair of Orrick’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team, recently spoke with Global Investigations Review regarding new plans proposed by New York’s Department of Financial Services that will...more

Cyber Alert: Security Vulnerabilities: You Don’t Need a Breach to Face Regulatory Scrutiny

Those who track newsworthy data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents know what type of fallout to expect from these events. Class action lawsuits from consumers, shareholders and financial institutions are now not an...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: New York State Proposes Cybersecurity Regulation for Financial Institutions

New York state has proposed a new regulation — to go into effect January 1, 2017 — that would require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated by the New York State Department of...more

In Wake of Cyber-Attacks, Regulators Focus on SWIFT as Senators Urge Obama to Press G20 to Combat Cybercrime

As cyber-attacks involving the global payment system SWIFT increase in frequency abroad, U.S. regulators are discussing steps designed to protect against similar attacks on U.S. financial institutions. The Federal Reserve,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.25.16

US regulators are “ramping up oversight” of Swift—the financial messaging system used throughout global finance that’s been a key conduit for hackers in recent attacks of Bangladeshi and Ecuadorian banks....more

FFIEC Provides Banks with Guidance Following the SWIFT Hacks

On June 7, 2016, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) reminded banks of the cyber risks associated with interbank messaging and wholesale payment networks. FFIEC made its announcement after hackers...more

Dude, Where’s My Bitcoin?

Somewhere in a lavish Mediterranean villa a drug lord wearing an off-white suit had a heart attack. Elsewhere a tech whiz in Silicon Valley refreshed his browser multiple times as his heart sank further with each reloaded...more

Cybersecurity Response to Recent Wholesale Payment Systems Breaches

In February 2016, hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank by sending fraudulent messages through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) messaging system. Three months...more

Federal Regulators Focus on Minimum Cyber Standards For Banks

A new set of federal banking regulations are on the horizon aimed at helping financial institutions put in place minimum compliance standards to prevent future cyber-attacks. Bloomberg Law has reported that the Federal...more

Home Depot Challenges Banks’ Standing to Recover Losses Related to Data Breaches

In the aftermath of major data breaches at deep-pocketed retailers and other businesses, there is typically no shortage of litigants who move quickly to seek compensation from the business at which the breach occurred. But...more

Ukrainian bank loses $10 million in latest swift cyber-attack

An unnamed bank in Ukraine is the most recent victim in a series of cyber-attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in the international banking communications system. According to an independent IT monitoring organization, hackers...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

8th Circuit: Financial Institution Bond Provides Coverage for Fraudulent Wire Transfers

With policyholders facing increased losses from hacking and business email compromise, insurers are fighting hard to escape their obligations under financial institution bonds, crime policies and cyber insurance policies. In...more

Eighth Circuit Finds That Insurance Coverage Extends To Fraudulent Losses Caused By Computer Hacker

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed breach-of-contract claims brought by Minnesota-based State Bank of Bellingham (“Bellingham Bank”) against BancInsure Inc. (“BancInsure”), an insurance...more

Round Two: SWIFT Reports Another Bank Attack

For the second time this year, SWIFT is reporting another cyber-attack on a commercial bank. In a notice issued this morning, SWIFT said that attackers with a “deep and sophisticated knowledge of specific operational...more

A Closer Look At The Fallout From The Home Depot Data Breach

More than a year and a half ago, Home Depot announced that it had been a victim of one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Media outlets reported that the breach had affected Home Depot’s customers who had made...more

Financial Institutions Spend More on Cybersecurity

Financial institutions have been at the forefront of protecting their customers’ personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, Social Security numbers, income, and credit histories. The...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

Recent indictment underscores threat to financial institutions’ cybersecurity

In an era of cyberwarfare, financial institutions can find themselves in the crossfire. The U.S. government indicted seven Iranian hackers last week, charging the individuals for their roles in a 2011 series of cyber-attacks...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

Tearing Down the Silos

AML and cybersecurity teams must discover what they have in common, identify mutual strengths and weaknesses, and move toward an effective fusion of functions, processes, and mindsets. ...more

Financial Institutions Council Publishes Statement On Hacker Extortion

Amid the recent increase in hacker extortion cases, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”) issued a statement on November 3 (the “Statement”) describing steps financial institutions should take to...more

SEC Freezes Hacker’s Assets

Federal oversight related to hacking recently made headlines when a federal court in New Jersey granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) motion to freeze assets connected to a hedge fund manager accused of...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

Response Plan Rewind: The Essentials of Data Breach Response Plans

From the financial sector to the healthcare industry, and even the security business itself, hackers are creeping their way into business data systems and pilfering personal information. For financial institutions, security...more

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