Cyber Attacks

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Finding a Cyber Safe Harbor in the SAFETY Act

Does your company provide or use a cybersecurity product or service? Are you concerned about the potential liability for yourself, your distributors and your customers if your cybersecurity product is used in an attempt to...more

Adult FriendFinder confirms data breach of its users’ personal information

On May 22, 2015, an online dating service called Adult FriendFinder confirmed that there had been a data breach of some of its 64 million users’ personal information. In an online notice to its users, Adult FriendFinder said...more

CareFirst, Third Major Health Insurer This Year To Be Hit By Cyberattack

On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”) announced that it was the latest victim of a major cyberattack, with as many as 1.1 million plan customers affected. Current and former CareFirst members and...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

Healthcare Organizations not Immune from Criminal Attacks on Sensitive Information

This month, the Ponemon Institute released its Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data and its findings are generating a good deal of attention. In the past, the Study has found that most data...more

Will Your Cyber Insurance Respond When You Need It Most?

On May 7, Columbia Casualty Company, an insurance company, filed one of the first lawsuits by an insurer seeking to deny coverage for a privacy class action under a cyber insurance policy. Why is this significant? As the...more

Will Your Cyber Insurance Respond When You Need It Most?

On May 7, Columbia Casualty Company, an insurance company, filed one of the first lawsuits by an insurer seeking to deny coverage for a privacy class action under a cyber insurance policy. Why is this significant? As the...more

Blog: CareFirst Discloses Data Breach

CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan serving the Washington D.C. metro area, became another in a line of health insurers to suffer a data breach as a result of hackers. CareFirst and the FBI are examining the breach...more

Hackers seek to access intellectual property assets of higher educational institutions

College and universities, like many other businesses and organizations, defend against millions of cyberattacks each day. Most recently, Penn State’s College of Engineering discovered a multi-year long cyberattack seeking...more

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

Florida Enacts Law Providing for Civil Remedy Against Cyber Fraud and Abuse

On May 14, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act (CADRA) into law. CADRA is intended to provide a remedy to businesses for harm or loss caused by unauthorized access to protected...more

Cybersecurity Oversight: What is a Board of Directors to Do?

Cybersecurity and the risks of data breaches figured prominently at the 35th Annual Ray Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute held April 30, 2015, at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Participating in a panel...more

World War C: Cyber Warfare

State-sponsored hacking occurs when a country funds cyber hacking organizations or groups in order to infiltrate a company’s or government’s cyber system for the sole purpose of stealing personal/sensitive information in the...more

New Study Finds That Criminal Attacks Are The Number One Cause Of Health Sector Data Breaches

On May 7, 2015, the Ponemon Institute released its Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data (the “Study”), which surveyed 90 HIPAA covered entities and 88 business associates regarding their...more

Privacy Monday – May 18, 2015

It’s Monday morning — do you know your privacy/security status? Here are a few bits and bytes to start your week. SEC to Registered Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers: It’s Your Turn to Pay Attention to...more

eBay Lawsuit Dismissed

On May 4, 2015, a US District Court judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a class action lawsuit that sought damages from eBay based on the “threat of future harm” stemming from the online retailer’s 2014 data...more

Patriot Act Reauthorization Debate Delays Cybersecurity Legislation

In This Issue: - Industry Liability Protections and Standards - Legislative Timeframe - Additional Notification Bill Expected - Conclusion - For More Information - Excerpt from Industry...more

Criminal Cyberattacks: The No. 1 Cause of Health Care Data Breaches in 2014

A new study released on May 7, 2015, by the Ponemon Institute revealed that criminal cyberattacks on health care organizations were the most prevalent cause of data breaches in 2014. The report underscores the need to think...more

DOJ Releases Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents

Last week, the Cybersecurity Unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a list of “best practices” for companies concerning preparing for and responding to cyber-attacks. The report details the lessons federal prosecutors...more

Polsinelli Podcast - An International Trade Issue That May Impact Your Business [Video]

There is a key new development for US companies and individuals dealing in international markets. The Obama Administration issued a new Executive Order that will subject certain individuals and entities engaging in so-called...more

Partners HealthCare Hit with Phishing Expedition Exposing 3,300 Patient Records

Late last week, Partners HealthCare announced that it notified approximately 3,300 patients of a security breach involving a hacking incident where intruders accessed medical and personal information of patients....more

Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report Out

If you have never taken a close look at Verizon’s yearly Data Breach Investigations Report, we highly recommend that you do. It just came out, and is once again, a very informative read....more

United States Department of Justice Announces “Best Practices” for Addressing Cyber Attacks

In light of the growing concern over cybersecurity, the United Stated Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance last week on how to prepare for and respond to cyber attacks. Taking lessons learned by federal prosecutors...more

Judge in Target Data Breach Litigation Declines to Block MasterCard Settlement

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson issued an order on Thursday, May 7 denying a request by counsel for card issuer banks to enjoin the settlement of data breach related claims negotiated between Target and...more

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