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Founder Of Energy Industry Networking Site Sentenced To Year And A Day For Hack

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2017, the creator of a social networking site for oil and gas industry professionals was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote in the Southern District of New York. David...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

The Ascent Of State Attorneys General As Quasi-Policymakers

by Cozen O'Connor on

Casual observers understand the important and dynamic role that State Attorneys General (“AGs”) play across the country, whether that role is actively enforcing their state’s laws, challenging the federal government, or...more

Phishing in Flood Waters: Avoiding Hurricane Harvey Cyber Risks

by Jackson Walker on

Unfortunately, it is common for cyber criminals to capitalize on natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) warns users to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or...more

Stolen Tax Returns? Virginia Seeks a Solution.

Did someone steal your tax return? You are not alone. Indeed, the rise in tax-related identity theft has been well documented. In 2015, the FTC reported a 50% increase in identity theft complaints. A primary cause for...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

by Snell & Wilmer on

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

by Snell & Wilmer on

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

To Obtain Data Abroad, Government Just Googles It

by Bracewell LLP on

As technology companies expand globally they increasingly are storing customer electronic data in servers outside the United States. To keep apace, the Justice Department has become more creative in adapting existing legal...more

IRS Warns Tax Professionals to Be Alert About New Email Scam As 2016 Filing Season Begins

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has warned tax professionals, as the 2016 filing season begins, to be alert to a new email scam by cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. The scam is a variation of a...more

Privacy Perils: Identify Theft and Social Networking

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Identity theft through social networking is on the rise. Hacked accounts may be used to impersonate you and potentially cause reputational harm, or may even link the hacker to your financial account information and...more

Disclosing personal data – new protections for regulated sector firms?

by White & Case LLP on

New protections are being proposed in the UK to allow regulated sector firms to share information regarding suspicions relating to money laundering and terrorist financing, in circumstances where law enforcement has been...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on the Reporting of Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crimes

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, an arm of the United States Department of the Treasury, issued an advisory last week to remind financial institutions of their obligations to report cyber-events on...more

Breaches of Mobile-Banking Apps — What can you do?

American banks maintain many levels of protection against fraud. Institutions accurately and quickly can detect suspicious account activity, credit-card charges and funds transfers. But it seems the sophisticated software...more

Aftermath of the Yahoo Breach: M&A Risk and Cybersecurity

In the midst of its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo Inc. disclosed what looks like one of the largest reported thefts of user information in U.S. history. Yahoo has confirmed that a “state-sponsored”...more

High Court Permits University’s Contravention of Its Own Privacy Policy

by Reed Smith on

The High Court in Bangura v Loughborough University [2016] EWHC 1503 (QB) ruled 19 May that Loughborough University acted lawfully under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) in supplying Leicestershire Police with the...more

SEC Steps Up Cybersecurity Enforcement with $1 Million Fine Against Morgan Stanley

The Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) recent $1 million settlement with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”) marked a turning point in the agency’s focus on cybersecurity issues, an area that the agency has...more

DOJ Criminal Chief Continues Push For More Access To Encrypted Data

by King & Spalding on

On June 6, 2016, during a speech at a Cybercrime Symposium co-organized by the Centers for Strategic and International Studies and the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section,...more

Kansas Heart Hospital pays ransom but attackers renege on their word

In a rare and twisted result, Kansas Heart Hospital was hit with a ransomware attack on May 18th, and made the decision to pay a “small amount” to the attackers in order to get its data back. Kansas Heart stated that no...more

European Commission Publishes Proposal for Signing the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement

by Reed Smith on

The EU-U.S. data protection Umbrella Agreement consists of a framework of principles and safeguards for trans-Atlantic transfers of personal data (such as criminal records, names and addresses) in relation to the prevention,...more

U.S. v. Microsoft – What you need to know about one of the most important privacy cases of the decade

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has in its hands one of the most closely-watched privacy cases in recent memory. U.S. v. Microsoft addresses an issue of critical importance to U.S. businesses — whether...more

U.S. Regulators Disagree On Government Access To Encrypted Information

by King & Spalding on

On January 25, 2016, at the State of the Net Internet Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell from the Department of Justice and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade...more

Update on recent cyber prosecutions/stings

The feds keep chipping away at those thieves and hackers and we are pleased to showcase the recent results of their hard work. Computer Hacking and Sexual Extortion - On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office...more

Alleged VTech hacker arrested

We previously reported that VTech suffered a data breach exposing millions of children’s and their parents’ personal information. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in the UK has announced that it has arrested a 21...more

Back-Door Access to Encrypted Communications: Weakening Security to Improve Security?

Last month’s terror attacks in Paris have re-ignited the long-standing debate between national security and privacy advocates over whether technology companies should be required to provide the government special access to...more

State Attorneys General Offer Perspectives on Data Breaches

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Recently, Republican attorneys general from across the nation gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, for their association’s annual fall conference. The purpose of the conference was to discuss a variety of issues facing the state...more

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