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Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Federal Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note: This is the third of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Up next: trends in state enforcement....more

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

Cyber Attacks Can Be Risky Business. Is Your Existing Insurance Enough Protection?

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

The Equifax breach is a reminder that all companies, large or small, are at increased risk for a cyberattack. The FBI has stated that cybercrime is an issue for any company attached to the internet, and third-party vendors...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...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

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

New York Attorney General Unveils Latest Ticket Bot Enforcement Actions against Ticket Vendors and Software Developer

With summer concerts and music festivals in full swing, many fans will be surprised to find $145 face value tickets reselling online for $3,000 to $11,000....more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

United States Department Of Justice Seeks To Dismantle Massive Kelihos Botnet, Files Complaint In Federal District Court

by King & Spalding on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced that it would be undertaking an “extensive effort to disrupt and dismantle the Kelihos botnet – a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers...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

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

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

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2016 #2

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....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

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in six cases today: Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339: The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 (“FCRA”) imposes a number of requirements regarding the creation and...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

European Parliament Draft Report Calls for the Creation of Task Force Devoted to Digital Currencies

by Goodwin on

A new report published by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs calls for the establishment of a task force, with its own budget and dedicated staff, that would study digital currencies and...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

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