Cybersecurity

364 ABA Journal articles on Cybersecurity.

FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds
The FBI has admitted that it overestimated—by potentially 550 percent, sources say—the number of cellphones investigators cannot access due to encryption.
Senator asks pointed questions about telecom company’s sale of cellphone location data
A private telecommunications company is selling cellphone user location data to law enforcement agencies, and a Democratic senator has some questions about its compliance with the Fourth Amendment.
Yes, there’s an email encryption vulnerability; no, you (likely) don’t need to freak out
European security researchers have released a warning regarding a vulnerability in PGP and S/MIME, a form of encryption used in email. While the researchers and the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommend that users of the technology disable it, this likely affects few law firms.
Suit claims ex-Bryan Cave partner hid client’s hack using FBI tools she supplied while a prosecutor
A former partner with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is accused of directing a client to hide from the Federal Trade Commission that his cybersecurity firm disclosed patient data obtained with spying software she had supplied while as a federal prosecutor battling child pornographers.
How can lawyers find cybersecurity solutions that work for them?
Lawyers don’t have to break the bank if they wish to be protected from cybertheft. But that doesn’t mean they can afford to be cheap in selecting security products and services.
Lawyers have an ethical duty to safeguard confidential information in the cloud
Remote storage and other internet-enabled technologies can create unique ethical quandaries for lawyers. With changes to ethics rules reflecting technology’s role in the profession, many find the prevailing reasonableness standard difficult to interpret.
9 Iranians indicted for hacking computers of law firm, universities, government agencies
Indictments announced Friday allege nine Iranians working on behalf of the Iranian government hacked university computers to access scientific research, while also targeting one law firm, private companies and government agencies.
Ransomware is a growing threat, but there are things you can do to protect your firm
Ransomware is a growing, $1 billion-a-year industry—and one that has already proven to be devastating to other multibillion-dollar industries around the world.
US Treasury says money transmitter rules apply to initial coin offerings

The U.S. Department of Treasury raised a potential hurdle for those offering or allowing for the trade of initial coin offerings (ICOs).

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Law firms need to understand their ‘threatscape’ and be vigilant about cybersecurity
ABA Journal legal affairs writer Jason Tashea appeared on The Guardian Podcast about the ABA Journal's yearlong cybersecurity series, Digital Dangers.
Cyberthreats 101: The biggest computer crime risks lawyers face
Cyberattacks are on the rise, both in the number of incidents and the costs associated with the attacks. Hackers use the same methods regardless of firm size or data collected.
What’s actually happening when a cryptocurrency gets hacked?
In late January, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked, costing 260,000 users over $530 million in NEM, a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin. This is the largest hack of its kind, but not the first. The previous record holder for largest crypto-heist was Mt. Gox, another exchange that saw $450 million in bitcoin stolen in 2014 leading to civil and criminal actions.
SEC issues new guidance on cybersecurity disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission released new guidance calling for public companies to be more transparent regarding their cybersecurity risks—both before and after an attack.

“[T]he Commission believes that…

97% of cybersecurity leaders are evaluating vendor security, including law firms, says new survey
Ninety-seven percent of corporate cybersecurity leaders say they formally evaluate the security practices of vendors, like law firms, according to a new survey.
Simulations test law firm system security
As technology evolves, threats and vulnerabilities evolve, too. To not be caught on the back foot, firms are using simulations to find vulnerabilities and build or bolster their cybersecurity systems, as well as cultivating firmwide culture change to train employees.

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