Identity Theft Cybersecurity

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Sony settles employees’ class action suit for up to $8M

The Sony data breach in 2014 was one of the most significant breaches experienced and was a first on many fronts. It was alleged to have been caused by North Korean hackers (calling themselves Guardians of Peace) seeking to...more

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

FDIC Publishes Special Edition of Quarterly Consumer News: A Bank Customer’s Guide to Cybersecurity

On March 8, the FDIC published a special edition of its Quarterly Consumer News entitled, “A Bank Customer’s Guide to Cybersecurity.” The guide provides consumers with, among other things, (i) safety tips for online banking;...more

Privacy Tip #25 – This week is National Consumer Protection Week: know your consumer rights

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in collaboration with over 100 governmental, not for profit and private entities, is spearheading National Consumer Protection week, March 6-12, in an effort to educate consumers about...more

New Rhode Island Law Protects Victims of Businesses’ Data Breaches in 2016

Cyber data breaches affect individuals, businesses, and the government. Tens of millions of Americans are affected by data breaches every year. In 2014, CNN estimated that 47% of U.S. adults in the U.S. had their personal...more

NAIC Adopts Cybersecurity Bill of Rights

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) continued its efforts to advance cybersecurity in the insurance industry when it recently adopted the Cybersecurity Bill of Rights. The Cybersecurity Bill of Rights...more

Uber class action case hits roadblock

A California federal judge has ruled that a former Uber driver who is suing Uber in a proposed class action case was unable to show that he suffers an immediate threat of identity theft and dismissed the driver’s first...more

Keeping the Data-Breach Headlines In Perspective

From the Sony Pictures settlement, to the Ashley Madison debacle, data breaches are making big headlines of late. And when it comes to one case in particular — the data breach at luxury retailer Neiman Marcus (Remijas v....more

American Thrift Stores announces data breach

American Thrift Stores announced this week that like other retailers, it has been hit with a security breach “that occurred through software used by a third-party service provider” that allowed “criminals from Easter Europe”...more

Proactive Approach To Cybersecurity: Recent SEC guidance and enforcement actions suggest that reactive firms may be in the SEC’s...

In an environment where even the largest and most powerful corporations have fallen victim to data breaches, it can be challenging to fathom how to protect against the sophisticated and ever-evolving threat of cyber attacks....more

Privacy Tip #4—What do I do when I get a letter informing me of a data breach?

We’ve all gotten them–the dreaded letter that informs us that our data has been compromised, including our Social Security number. Some have received so many of these “notifications” that they are de-sensitized, throw their...more

SEC Brings First Cybersecurity Enforcement Proceeding in Wake of Risk Alert

Highlights Areas of High Risk and Examination Priorities for Financial Industry Firms - On September 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE),...more

Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Year-Long Data Breach

Trump Hotel Collection, the high-end hotel chain owned by the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful and real estate developer Donald Trump, has confirmed a data security breach involving malware that the company says...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement

September has been a busy month for the SEC in addressing cybersecurity. In the span of a week, the SEC issued a new alert in connection with its cybersecurity examination of Wall Street firms, entered a Cease and Desist...more

What is reasonable? The emerging legalities of cybersecurity post-Wyndham

This month’s edition of the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s newletter includes my discussion of lessons to be learned from the Wyndham decision: Historically, security was an issue reserved in a back room for the IT...more

SEC Penalizes Investment Adviser over Inadequate Cyber-Risk Program Prior to Data Breach

On September 22, the SEC ordered a Missouri-based investment adviser to pay a $75,000 penalty, settling allegations that the investment adviser failed to implement required written cybersecurity policies and procedures prior...more

Data Breach Class Claims Survive Clapper

On appeal to the Seventh Circuit, a three-judge panel opinion written by Chief Judge Woods reversed the lower court. Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, No. 14-3122, 2015 WL 4394814, at *3 (7th Cir. July 20, 2015). The panel...more

Weekly Privacy Tip#2 – Protecting your (and your employees’ and customers’) Social Security numbers

Social Security numbers are one of the highest risk data elements known to mankind. A Social Security number in combination with a name and date of birth (which are publicly accessible) in the hands of a bad person can...more

Senate Legislation Seeks To Protect Taxpayer Data In Response To IRS Data Breach

On September 11, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill aimed at combating identity theft and tax rebate fraud. The legislation comes as the Internal...more

Drinker Biddle Cyber Bulletin

Two data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) affecting over 20 million Americans led to a bipartisan effort to push for legislation that would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with new...more

It’s Official: FTC Has the Authority to Police Cybersecurity

In a resounding win for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the Third Circuit unanimously affirmed the FTC’s power to regulate cybersecurity under the unfairness prong of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. §45). FTC v. Wyndham, Case,...more

OPM data breach update–$133 million contract awarded to vendor

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Defense Department announced this week that a Portland, OR based vendor has been selected to assist with breach notification and credit assistance for the almost 22 million...more

Sony: Stipulation Announces (but does not disclose) Employee Data Breach Class Settlement

This Is The End? - Settlement appears imminent in an employee class action against Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) arising from disclosure of their personally identifiable information (“PII”) in a massive data breach...more

IRS declares identity protection services not taxable

The IRS announced last week that the value of identity theft protection services are not taxable and do not have to be included in gross income calculations for tax purposes. Identity theft continues to be the number one...more

IRS Admits Security Breach More Extensive

Earlier this year, the IRS announced that identity thieves had been able to hack one of its computer databases and gain access to extremely sensitive data.  Back then, the IRS indicated that about 225,000 households had been...more

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