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DHS and FBI Issue a Joint Technical Alert with UK Warning Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks

by Alston & Bird on

On April 16, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre issued a joint Technical Alert (TA), alerting the worldwide...more

The Cohen Search Warrants – DOJ Procedures for Approval

by Michael Volkov on

With all the recent hoopla and commentary on the Michael Cohen criminal investigation and the execution of search warrants against Cohen, it is important to focus on what is true, what is exaggerated and what is outright...more

FBI and DHS Issue Alert Regarding Russian Hackers

by Murtha Cullina on

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint Technical Alert late last week to warn that Russian government-based hackers are actively targeting U.S. utilities, other critical...more

FBI Director States That Companies That Suffer Data Breaches Will Be Treated As Victims For Law Enforcement Purposes

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

At a March 7, 2018 Conference on Cyber Security co-hosted by Boston College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Director of the FBI Christopher Wray spoke about the FBI’s efforts to combat cyber threats. Among...more

Vantage defaults in first case decision

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It didn’t take long for the first decision in a lawsuit against vantage Benefits and its owners when they defaulted. A default judgment was handed down by Judge David C. Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

FBI Issues New Warning to Businesses About Phishing Campaigns

In a recent Public Service Announcement dated February 21, 2018 entitled “Increase in W-2 Phishing Campaigns,” the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) issued another alert about an increase in phishing campaigns since the...more

SEC Charges Additional Municipal Official With Securities Fraud In Connection With Oyster Bay Loan Guarantee Scheme

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 1, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“Court”) charging Leonard Genova, town attorney and deputy supervisor for...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on "Remmer Hearing" in Juror Influence Allegations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a former broker sought to overturn a jury verdict finding him guilty of securities fraud, obstruction of justice and wire fraud by arguing, among...more

Tips for Handling a Call from the FBI

by Dentons on

For many attorneys, interaction with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies is a completely foreign concept. Many general litigators and corporate attorneys have little to no professional experience with federal...more

What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...more

Tales of Two Fraud Investigations Terminated and the Lives Blessed by Truth

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

I have to tell two short stories today. As a former English teacher, I encourage you to allow your imagination to bring the realities of theses people's lives to life....more

Glitch in the Matrix – The Vital Role of Communication Between All Stakeholders in eDiscovery: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...Jim’s post below highlights the importance of communications between all stakeholders in the discovery process.... ...In an article by Morgan Chalfant at The Hill posted on January 25th, it was reported that text...more

Breaking Down the #Memo

By now you’ve likely heard of, and perhaps read, the much-vaunted memorandum written by the Republican majority staffers on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and released to the public this past...more

More news bout Vantage Benefits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Since the FBI closed down Vantage Benefits on November 1, we haven’t heard much. Here is an update: MBA Engineering, Inc filed sued against Vantage Benefits, Jeff Richie and his wife, Wendy Richie, for the...more

To be safe, read those trust statements

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In light of some troubling news that a third party administrator (TPA) was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for possible theft of plan assets, there is one pro-active step you should take as a plan...more

Privacy Tip #120 – Follow FBI Warning About Connected Toys

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to parents in the past about the concerns with connected toys. Many parents recently bought the newest gadgets for their kids over the holidays, without realizing the...more

Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Charged with Lying to the FBI, and Pleads Guilty

On November 30, 2017, a two-page criminal information was filed by Robert S. Mueller III’s Special Counsel’s Office, charging Michael Flynn with two counts of “willfully and knowingly” making “materially false, fictitious,...more

DOJ Makes Permanent Its Program to Incentivize Self-Disclosure in FCPA Investigations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) pilot program established in 2016 to incentivize companies to self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) will, with slight revisions, be made permanent. •...more

Three Stripes and You're Out: Coach Pitino's Outrage Against Adidas

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The FBI recently charged 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches at prominent Division I universities and a head executive at Adidas inter alios, with corruption and bribery crimes for...more

Did Vantage Take Advantage?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Well over a week ago, I got the startling news that the FBI closed down the office of Vantage Benefits, a Dallas based third-party administrator. I didn’t make any comment on it until it was properly reported that their...more

Business Email Compromise: What It Is and What You Can Do

by Snell & Wilmer on

Business email compromise (“BEC”) is a type of cyberattack that is increasing at an alarming pace. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimated in a May 2017 alert that global losses due to BEC scams totaled more than...more

Federal Agent’s Misrepresentation in LG Search Warrant Affidavit Insufficient to Clear Qualified Immunity Hurdle

In Ganek v. Leibowitz, No. 16-1463 (2d Cir. Oct. 17, 2017) (Raggi, Chin, Carney), the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s determination that federal law enforcement authorities were not entitled to...more

Anti-Corruption Risks: Global Enforcement Means Global Detection

by Michael Volkov on

Over the last year, we have seen the Justice Department and SEC’s international coordination efforts bear fruit. DOJ has expended time and efforts to train prosecutors and law enforcement on anti-corruption investigations and...more

Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20 warning of an increased danger of a malicious “multi-stage intrusion campaign” to critical infrastructure industries, including the energy...more

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