Cybersecurity

411 ABA Journal Cybersecurity articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-BigLaw partner gets home jailing for COVID-19 risk; lawsuit sees immigration-court safety risk

Ex-BigLaw partner released from prison for COVID-19 risk

A Manhattan federal judge has ordered former Locke Lord partner Mark Scott to be released to home confinement because he has a…

Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS splits over immigrant’s fight against ID theft conviction; first black justice on top Illinois court dies

SCOTUS splits over undocumented immigrant’s fight against state identify theft conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday against Ramiro Garcia, an unauthorized immigrant in Kansas who was convicted…

Legal services company shuts down systems after ransomware attack
E-discovery and managed services company Epiq Global announced on Monday that it was hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend.
Chinese dissident can sue law firm over hack that exposed information online, judge rules
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that a Chinese asylum-seeker can sue the Clark Hill law firm over a 2017 hack that allegedly exposed personal data online.
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.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge refuses to step down from opioid litigation; BigLaw joins law profs in climate change fight

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.

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