Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 22, 2017

    Symantec Warns US To Devise Custom Security Software

    A major security software company says that the United States' cyber adversaries have an unexpected ally in their efforts to hack into the country’s critical agencies: the U.S.

  • September 22, 2017

    Feds Want Google Sanctioned For Defying Data Orders

    Federal prosecutors are seeking to have Google Inc. sanctioned for refusing to comply with a search warrant requesting certain user data stored overseas, telling a California federal judge Wednesday that the internet giant is flouting court orders.

  • September 22, 2017

    Lyft Hit With TCPA Suit Over Texts To Reassigned Numbers

    Lyft Inc. sends owners of recycled telephone numbers unsolicited promotional text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, says a proposed class action filed Friday in Ohio federal court.

  • September 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Man For Infecting Army Computer Program

    A North Carolina federal jury has found an Atlanta resident guilty of placing malicious code onto a U.S. Army computer, causing issues with a program that handles pay and personnel actions for hundreds of thousands of reservists that cost about $2.6 million to fix, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Allscripts Seeks Pause For 7th Circ. Ruling On TCPA Consent

    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to stay a proposed class action against the company over advertising faxes that lacked opt-out clauses, arguing the court should first see whether the Seventh Circuit decertifies a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class in a related suit.

  • September 21, 2017

    FTC’s McSweeny Makes Urgent Call For New Data Regs

    The Federal Trade Commission's Terrell McSweeny warned Thursday that the agency’s century-old enforcement tools aren’t enough to handle the brave new world of internet-connected heart monitors, insulin pumps and other products posing data risks, calling for new regulations to lay out strict cybersecurity standards.

  • September 21, 2017

    AG Sessions Warns Of Rising Crime During Boston Visit

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience of prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Boston on Thursday that a rising tide of violence in America threatens to undo decades of crime-fighting progress.

  • September 21, 2017

    Home Depot 'Scorched Earth' Plan Merits $18M Fee, Attys Say

    Attorneys who secured a $27.25 million settlement for banks and other financial institutions against Home Depot over the retailer’s 2014 data breach blasted opposition to their $18 million fee request on Thursday, arguing that the company’s own “scorched earth” litigation tactics dragged the case out longer than necessary.

  • September 21, 2017

    Law Firm Says Its Workers Used AmEx On Amazon's Watch

    At least two employees at Selman Breitman LLP have used the firm’s private AmEx account information to make unauthorized purchases on Amazon.com, and Amazon is doing nothing to stop it, according to a suit filed Wednesday in California state court.

  • September 21, 2017

    Tesla Uses Test-Drivers’ Personal Info For Marketing: Suit

    Tesla Inc. stores and transmits consumers’ personal information to credit companies that assess drivers’ creditworthiness for the automaker’s marketing and sales purposes, a driver has alleged in a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • September 21, 2017

    Auto Software Maker Accuses Rival Of IP Cybertheft

    An Illinois-based maker of software designed to let car enthusiasts and repair shops tune vehicle computers went after a rival in Washington federal court Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the company's systems and making off with trade secrets.

  • September 21, 2017

    Accountant Sues Magazine For Story Tying Her To Sony Hack

    A woman who claims she was falsely linked to the notorious 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures in a Hollywood Reporter article sued the magazine's media company in Illinois county court Wednesday, claiming the article "has, in short, destroyed her career."

  • September 21, 2017

    SEC Failed To Heed Warnings Of Weak Cyber Defenses

    A July government watchdog report warned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it had not fully put in place a system for monitoring cyber intrusions on its financial systems, even as the hack of a key electronic filing system for public company disclosures, which was revealed Wednesday, may have enabled insider trading.

  • September 21, 2017

    Miller & Chevalier Adds Ex-DOJ National Security Counsel

    Miller & Chevalier Chtd. has nabbed a former national security counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., bolstering its international practice with his background in export controls and economic sanctions, foreign direct investment and cybersecurity.

  • September 20, 2017

    SEC Says Hackers Hit Its Database, May Have Traded Off Info

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s electronic filing system for public company disclosures was hacked last year, and the agency last month learned that the cyber-intruders may have traded off the nonpublic information that was exposed, agency Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement Wednesday night.

  • September 20, 2017

    Data Theft Not Enough To Keep OPM Breach Suit, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday nixed multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions in the wake of a massive data breach that compromised personal data belonging to 21.5 million current, former and prospective government employees, ruling that the theft of data alone was not enough to establish standing.

  • September 20, 2017

    Financier Named In 'Frivolous' Fox News Suit Seeks Sanctions

    A wealthy Trump supporter accused of pushing a bogus murder conspiracy story on Fox News asked a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday to impose sanctions against a private investigator at the center of the dispute and his attorney for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

  • September 20, 2017

    Confusion Over Twins Leads To FCRA Suit Against Avis

    A case of mistaken identity cost a woman a job at car rental company Avis after a background check turned up an “extensive criminal history” that actually belonged to her twin brother, according to a Fair Credit Reporting Act suit filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • September 20, 2017

    White Collar 'Goes Dark' With Rise Of Secret Messaging Apps

    White collar suspects’ use of email and other electronic communications about their illicit activity has been a boon to prosecutors for decades, but the rise of encrypted messaging apps and other new technology may be a roadblock to Wall Street prosecutors accustomed to a run of successes.

  • September 20, 2017

    Florida Strip Clubs Can't Duck Models' False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out a consolidated class action brought by professional models against several Florida strip clubs that allegedly used photos of them on social media without their consent, ruling the clubs’ attempt to toss the suit relies on arguments rejected in similar suits.

Expert Analysis

  • Risks And Rules For Data Collection At Retail Properties

    Daniel Ray

    Brick-and-mortar retailers and other property-level businesses have increasingly taken advantage of technology in learning about consumer behavior. But security breaches of consumer information have led to government investigations and multimillion-dollar settlements. Businesses should incorporate privacy principles at every stage of the development of data tracking and collection programs, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Large And Small Cyberrisk Solutions For Health Care Cos.

    John Gilligan

    Following the radical changes brought by advances in internet of things technology, the health care industry must take both immediate micro steps and larger macro steps to protect its patients from cyberrisks, say John Gilligan and Kimberly Metzger of Ice Miller LLP.

  • Equifax Brings Early Lessons On Insider Trading Policies

    Gary Tygesson

    Insider trading allegations have surfaced at Equifax, where three executives sold nearly $2 million in shares of the company’s stock days after the cyberattack was discovered but before the news was announced. The situation raises a number of fundamental questions about Equifax’s insider trading policy, say Gary Tygesson and Cam Hoang of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Do More To Speed Up DOD Cyber Acquisitions

    Daniel Schoeni

    The slow pace of cyber acquisitions constitutes a significant vulnerability. Congress has relieved some of the U.S. Department of Defense's regulatory burden in the past two years, but the streamlining efforts do not go nearly far enough to deter our enemies, says Daniel Schoeni, a judge advocate with the U.S. Air Force.

  • How To Stay Protected When Using Biometrics Post-Spokeo

    Benjamin Byer

    Recently, a wave of lawsuits has accused companies of violating biometric privacy laws. But the two-part test established by the Ninth Circuit in Robins v. Spokeo creates another hurdle for plaintiffs seeking to file these types of lawsuits, say Benjamin Byer and John Parsi of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Fixing The Broken Software Supply Chain As Legal Counsel

    Marty Mellican

    The supply chain for the software industry is inefficient and dysfunctional, costing tens of billions per year in waste while also injecting risk into companies, governments and households worldwide. In-house counsel for both software suppliers and buyers should work together in order to transform this supply chain, says Marty Mellican of Flexera Software LLC.

  • The Equifax Data Breach And Its Impact On Businesses

    Eduard Goodman

    The Equifax breach could trigger a shift in data breach class actions from potential harm to consumers to potential harm to businesses, says Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer at CyberScout LLC.

  • Ransomware And Medical Devices: A Growing Risk

    Thomas Barnard

    Numerous medical devices now have internet connectivity in order to allow providers to monitor patients remotely, but the risks created by this trend are poorly acknowledged and understood by manufacturers, designers, prescribers and end-users. It is far more than data or money at stake — it is patients' lives, say attorneys with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Ransomware Issues Too Often Lost In The Shuffle: Part 3

    John Reed Stark

    Despite strong planning and expert guidance, amid all of the chaotic workflow of a ransomware response, two important issues can be easily overlooked — notification/disclosure responsibilities and anti-money laundering compliance, says John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.