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Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks - Just before the false alarm in Hawaii last weekend when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank...more

HIPAA Breach Reporting: 2017 Trends and Mends

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With 2017 having drawn to a close, it is once again time for HIPAA covered entities to complete their annual breach reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”)....more

Another Hitch in the Crypto Boom? North Korean Malware Hijacks Computers to Mine Monero Cryptocurrency

Researchers at cybersecurity firm AlienVault have discovered a computer virus of North Korean origin which infects and hijacks computers in order to mine Monero, a private digital currency which styles itself as “secure,...more

The Data Breach Legal Limbo On Consumers’ Ability To Sue Hacked Companies

by Ifrah PLLC on

The first of the year is a good time to makes assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data...more

2017 Year in Review: Data Breaches

The year 2017 saw the number of data breaches grow, and the trend is expected to continue and intensify. From Yahoo’s announcement that three billion of its user accounts were compromised to the Equifax breach and resulting...more

Beware of the Man-in-the-Middle: Lessons from the FTC’s Lenovo Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent approval of a final settlement with Lenovo (United States) Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, offers a reminder that when it comes to consumers’ sensitive personal...more

Winter is Coming: The HBO Hack, Ransomware Attacks, and Cyber Extortion Coverage

by K&L Gates LLP on

Cyber extortion and ransomware attacks made headlines across the globe this summer, but the cyber attack at HBO stands out due to the size of the ransom demanded ($6 million). The HBO hack highlights the importance of one of...more

Equifax Must Turn Over NY Breach Data This Week

New York State regulators won’t be letting Equifax, Inc. off-the-hook any time soon for last year’s massive data breach that affected more than 145 million Americans....more

South Korean Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked (Again)

As part of our Year in Preview series, we’ve recently covered both international cyberwar and the rise of cryptocurrency. Just before the holidays, both of these topics collided in a decidedly unpleasant manner. On...more

Kentucky Federal Court Brushes Aside Pre-emptive Attack on Class Allegations in Phishing Case, Rejects Out-of-the-Box Defense...

by BakerHostetler on

Brushing aside apparent flaws in a proposed class definition, a federal court in Kentucky declined to dismiss class allegations against North Carolina-based pharmacy services provider Pharm-Save Inc. (Pharm-Save) stemming...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

Financial Stability Oversight Council identifies cybersecurity as primary area of risk for the banking industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 14, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which was established by the Dodd-Frank Act to analyze and mitigate potential threats to the financial sector, released its first report under the Trump...more

Banks Find Success Suing Over Data Breaches

Banks continue to file suit against retailers, hoping to shift the costs of data breaches, with some recent success. What happened - In January 2016, hackers accessed Eddie Bauer’s point-of-sale register system and...more

Defending Data-Breach Lawsuits Brought By Employees (Part 1 of 2)

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

As we’ve previously discussed, companies are often sued by their customers and business partners after a data breach. Another increasingly common source of data-breach litigation comes from within: companies’ own employees. ...more

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash

Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Yesterday, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from investing in bitcoin, as he considers it a financial...more

Art Galleries, Dealers, Buyers, and Sellers Now the Target of High-Stakes Digital Heists

In the financial industry, companies engaging in million-dollar transactions invest in the latest in technology in order to safeguard valuable assets. However, in the art world—a market built on relationships and...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

When It Comes to Cybersecurity, Passwords are Passé

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In the ever-changing landscape of data security, it is increasingly clear that law firms of all sizes, from the one-lawyer shop to the 1,000-lawyer megafirm, are being targeted by hackers. As the methods used to gain access...more

At the End of Your Tether: Addressing, Responding to and Insuring Cryptocurrency Theft

by Reed Smith on

On November 20-21, 2017, Tether, the company behind USDT – a digital token backed by fiat currencies like the dollar and euro – disclosed that a hack resulted in the loss of $30.95 million worth of tokens. Tether posted an...more

Despite Equifax Breach Causes, Social Engineering Still Biggest Threat to Data Security

by LeClairRyan on

It’s now been widely reported that the cause of the recent Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal data of perhaps as many as 143 million people, was the result of the company’s alleged failure to apply a patch to...more

Cyber Risk News & Trends - December 2017

Cybersecurity This Month - Continued onslaught of phishing and travel threats - Internet data breaches threaten the usernames and passwords of billions of people, but bad actors find phishing is the most effective way...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Intel has confirmed it has a bug in its remote server management tool. The tool, known as Management Engine, permits administrators of IT systems to access devices remotely to apply updates or troubleshoot problems for users....more

Washington A.G. Sues Uber in First Enforcement Action Under Revised Data Breach Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The State of Washington's Attorney General filed a complaint against Uber Technologies, Inc., (Uber) this week related to the 2016 hack that exposed the personal data of 57 million riders and drivers. The suit is the first...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

Fall Data Breach Roundup And 2018 Preview: Supreme Court, OPM, Equifax And More!

by Carlton Fields on

As 2017 draws to a close, data breach class actions abound, while questions regarding what suffices for Article III standing in these cases remain—with litigants hoping the Supreme Court will soon weigh in....more

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