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Cybercriminals demand ransomware from Apple, or else they will wipe 300 million iPhones!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Forbes reported that “a hacker group calling itself Turkish Crime Family…reported having access to 300 million Apple accounts” and demanded “$75,000 in crypto-currency (either Bitcoin or Ethereum) or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards, and the data would be deleted.”  The March 22, 2017 report entitled “Hackers Threaten To Wipe 300M iPhones, iCloud Accounts Unless Apple… Continue Reading

Electronic Health Record (EHR) databases worth $500,000 to cybercriminals!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Trend Micro’s conducted a study to learn more about “how stolen medical records are monetized after a breach, what types of data are stolen, how much they are sold for on the underground markets, and how cybercriminals make use of them” and use “Shodan scan data which reveals what healthcare-related devices and networks are connected… Continue Reading

Spearphising by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) was part of Yahoo cyber attack!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Huge headlines about the Yahoo cyber indictment by the FSB should be a wake call to all businesses, however what has not been promoted by the media was the use of spearphishing which was highlighted in paragraph 17 of the Indictment: In some instances, the conspirators used email messages known as “spear phishing” messages to… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Just what no one wants to hear – new insecurities are found on private cloud devices!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation.  Eddie blogs at JurisHacker. Bugs in the… Continue Reading

10 Recommendations to reduce cyber risk in the cloud, including being mindful of the law of where the data is hosted

Posted in Cyber
Bitdefender surveyed 250 US IT decision makers who concluded that  about “34 percent of companies were breached in the past 12 months, while 74 percent of IT decision makers don’t know how the company was breached” and “Two-thirds of companies would pay an average of $124k to avoid public shaming scandals after a breach. Some… Continue Reading

Starting March 1st NY Cybersecurity Regulation requires Incident Response Plans (IRP)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The new law among other things “includes requirements that financial and insurance institutions retain a CISO, report cybersecurity incidents within 72 hours and use multifactor authentication.” On February 17, 2017 BankInfoSecurity.com reported a story entitled “Breach Preparedness , Compliance , Cybersecurity Reworked N.Y. Cybersecurity Regulation Takes Effect in March” which included these comments: …organizations must… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Great idea – Develop a Ransomware Defense Plan to avoid Cyber disasters!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger John Ansbach is General Counsel of General Datatech, L.P. (“GDT”), and John is a seasoned attorney with a broad range of experience developed over more than 18 years of practicing law including as a corporate generalist, his background includes experience in contracts; cyberlaw; intellectual property; real estate; human resources; corporate governance; regulatory and compliance; and, litigation.… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: User training is the best way to protect against Cyber Phishing, is that so hard to understand?

Posted in Cyber, Internet Privacy
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation.  Eddie blogs at JurisHacker. Since… Continue Reading

D-Link opposes the FTC lawsuit that its routers and baby cameras are exposed to cyberattacks!

Posted in Cyber, Internet Privacy
The Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed D-Link’s Motion to Dismiss in response to the FTC lawsuit which claims are based on D-Link’s “failure to secure devices from cyberattacks!”  The  CoA Institute Motion was filed on January 31, 2017 and is set for a hearing on March 9, 2017 and stated that the FTC claims… Continue Reading

$3.2 million HIPAA fine for violations since 2006!

Posted in Cyber, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Final Notice that Children’s Medical Center of Dallas among other things failed “to implement risk management plans, contrary to prior external recommendations to do so, and a failure to deploy encryption or an equivalent alternative measure on all of its laptops, work stations, mobile devices and removable… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Wanna keep up with pending Cyber legislation?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation. The Texas… Continue Reading

Do you want China to control cyber and IT news? Think about this – China Oceanwide is acquiring news media giant IDG

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Computerworld announced that “tech journalism pioneer International Data Group [IDG], publisher of Computerworld, PCWorld and hundreds of other tech publications worldwide” is being acquired by China Oceanwide for a price of “less than $1 billion.” The January 19, 2017 report entitled “China Oceanwide, IDG Capital to acquire Computerworld-parent IDG” included this background about “IDG, a… Continue Reading

FTC sues IoT manufacturer for failure to secure devices from cyberattacks!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against “D-Link Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S. consumers’ privacy at risk.” The Complaint filed on January 5, 2017 in the US District Court in the… Continue Reading

Cyber challenge to secure IoT home devices

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “it is challenging the public to create an innovative tool that will help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things.”  The FTC announcement on January 4, 2017 was entitled “Challenge to Combat Security Vulnerabilities in Home Devices” included these statements:… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Report Card for 2016: Overall “C-“ but bad news since the Cloud gets a “D-“ and Mobile gets an “F”!

Posted in Cyber, IT Industry
Tenable Network Security surveyed “700 security practitioners across seven key industry verticals and nine countries” that produced “a single report card score that represents overall confidence levels of security practitioners that the world’s cyber defenses are meeting expectations.”  The “2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card” from Tenable with research partner CyberEdge Group included these comments… Continue Reading

CYBER & TECHNOLOGY Ups and Downs in 2016 – Encryption a Big Success, but Fake News a Big Failure

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported the best and worse technology from “exploding smartphones and hoverboards to the proliferation of fake news on social media, many of our tech hardware, software and web products suffered embarrassing failures.”  The December 14, 2016 article entitled  “Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2016” included these observations of the successes… Continue Reading

Another Cyberattack at Southwest Airlines?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Southwest’s website was down for about 3 hours so Southwest tweeted that “We are aware and investigating current issues with our website, and we have implemented flexible accommodations for those being affected.” The Dallas News report from December 21, 2016 entitled “Southwest Airlines suffers website outage; airport operations unaffected” stated that the 3 hours service… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: In the wake of Yahoo’s CONFESSION it’s time for you learn about 2-factor authentication!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation. Last week… Continue Reading

Take a minute and read Yahoo’s 238 word CONFESSION about the Cyber theft of 1+ billion user accounts!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Yahoo’s public confession entitled “Important Security Information for Yahoo Users”  about the August 2013 theft of “data associated with more than one billion user accounts” including “the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Presidential Commission Report Highlights Cybersecurity Risks for lawyers!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation. Law firms… Continue Reading

Cyber Legal Risks to Most Businesses since 55% of Senior Management Delegates Compliance

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
PwC’s survey of over 800 Compliance Officers was “designed to give corporate compliance officers benchmarking data to help them understand common industry practices today and plan for more effective, more efficient compliance operations in the future.” The report entitled “PwC State of Compliance Study 2016” highlighted these legal risks to most businesses caused by lack… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Watch Out for Cyber Threats while Shopping during the Holidays (THINK WIFI)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
My Guest Blogger Eddie Block (CISSP, CIPM, CIPP/G, CISA, CEH) is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Litigation Group and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Legal Services Team who focuses on all aspects of information cyber security, including credentialing functions, firewall and IDS deployment and monitoring, and penetration testing, and related complex litigation. As we welcome… Continue Reading

Healthcare is the biggest target for Cyberattacks in 2017!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Experian reported that the “healthcare sector may continue to be the focal point for hackers as medical identity theft remains lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit.”  The November 28, 2016 report entitled “2017 Fourth Annual Data Breach Industry Forecast” included this takeaway advice: As attackers shift their focus, an increase in hospital breaches… Continue Reading