Cybersecurity

407 ABA Journal Cybersecurity articles.

Hacking group publishes ‘full dump’ of law firm’s data; another responds to cybersecurity incident
Two law firms are grappling with the effects of recent cyber intrusions.
The 2020 election: 4 threats to anticipate

Several experts shared with the ABA Journal some potential threats from malicious foreign actors and how to counter them ahead of and during the 2020 presidential election.

More corporate counsel predict a rise in disputes, signaling a need to prepare for ‘turbulent times’
Some corporate counsel are failing to embrace the most effective measures to mitigate litigation risk, despite an increase in the percentage of companies anticipating an uptick in disputes, according to a survey by Norton Rose Fulbright.
Lawyers are failing at cybersecurity, says ABA TechReport 2019

“The results are shocking and reflect little, if any, positive movement in the past year or even in the past few years,” the article says. “The lack of effort on security has become a major cause for concern in the profession.”

More than 100 law firms have reported data breaches; 2 BigLaw firms affected

Over 100 law firms have reported data breaches to authorities in 14 states since 2014. Many of the breaches were attributed to phishing attacks, hacking and vendor security lapses.

Lawyer pleads guilty in connection with cyberattacks on Leagle and RipoffReport
A lawyer in Wichita, Kansas, will have to pay about $430,000 after pleading guilty in connection with a cyberattack on websites that posted negative information about him.
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Judge overseeing nationwide opioid litigation refuses to step down

The federal judge overseeing more than 2,000 lawsuits over alleged opioid addictions and overdoses refused to remove himself from a bellwether…

Three lawyers are among this year’s MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ winners

Lawyers working in the field of criminal justice reform, restorative justice and cyber harassment are among this year’s 26 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winners.

The winners will each receive a…

How to prepare yourself and your clients to respond to data breaches

Lawyers James M. Davis and Bradley H. Dlatt break down several steps for how law firms can prepare for security breaches and what to do after they strike.

Forgoing bug bounties and disclosure policies, legal tech leaves lawyers vulnerable

With the state of anti-hacking law in the U.S. and the insecure nature of online software, bug bounties and vulnerability disclosure policies are front-line, standard practices that should be a part of most any organization’s cybersecurity posture.

As federal anti-hacking law turns 35, its meaning, reach and effectiveness are still murky

What had started as a pre-internet computer crime law affecting national security and finance has become a statute that prosecutors, plaintiff attorneys and defense counsels agree isn’t right for its time, and maybe never was. Even with broad agreement on the problem, however, the solution is less clear.

Ransomware attack hits this state’s court system; no specific ransom demanded
The effects of a ransomware attack on Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts were isolated to servers that provide case management and other applications, according to a spokesman for the office.
DLA Piper lawyers in the UK are targeted in email scam

Scammers posed as DLA Piper lawyers in the United Kingdom to trick an entity into making a payment to a fraudulent bank account.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority said in

Virus leads to takedown of city’s court system website and e-filing

Philadelphia’s court system website and e-filing have been shut down since May 21 to safeguard against a virus found on a limited number of computers.

Law firms are going old-school,…

2 US law firms lost over $117K to international cybercrime network, indictment alleges
A law firm in Washington, D.C., and a law office in Wellesley, Massachusetts, are among the victims of malware attacks by an overseas cybercrime network.

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