Law Firms Emerge As Easy Targets For Ransomware Attacks

Law360, Chicago (March 2, 2017, 7:40 PM EST) -- Ransomware attacks are an expanding plague in the corporate arena, and data-rich law firms are an attractive target for cybercriminals in search of sensitive information that will garner them big payouts, a digital forensics specialist said during a cybersecurity panel discussion on Thursday.

“It's one of the most profitable malwares ever created," Bill Hardin, a data breach and cybersecurity expert at consulting firm Charles River Associates, said at the Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference in Chicago, adding that his firm sees about one ransomware case a day. 

Digital extortion is rampant right now, and ransomware is a particularly potent form...

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