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Anthem agrees to pay $115 million for 2015 cyber intrusion to settle litigation!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
BusinessInsurance.com reported that “Anthem Inc., the largest U.S. health insurance company, has agreed to settle litigation over a hacking in 2015 that compromised about 79 million people’s personal health information for $115 million, which lawyers said would be the largest settlement ever for a data breach.”  The June 26, 2017 report entitled “Anthem to pay… Continue Reading

Honda plant halted operations because of WannaCry Ransonware!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The Financial Times reported that the “Japanese carmaker revealed that it temporarily halted production at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, after it discovered that some of its computers were affected by the ransomware late on Sunday.”  The June 21, 2017 Financial Times report entitled “Honda plant hit by WannaCry ransomware attack” included a confession… Continue Reading

7 Flavors of CyberCrimeware as a Service (CaaS) includes Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading reported that inexpensive CaaS include malware “botnets, phishing and backdoors are all offered on the cheap as subscription. These days even crime is in the cloud.”  The June 13, 2017 Darkreading report was entitled “The Rising Tide of Crimeware-as-a-Service” included these comments about RaaS: The incipient rise of ransomware has occurred in lockstep with… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Pacemakers (Think IoT) are not Cybersecure, does that bother you?

Posted in Cyber
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. We have to… Continue Reading

No surprise about cyber risks in V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) – Think “Driverless Cars”!

Posted in Cyber
A New York Times report that protecting driverless cars from cyber attacks is the “primary challenge will be preventing hackers from getting into the heart of the car’s crucial computing system, called a CAN (or computer area network).” The June 7, 2017 report entitled “Electronic Setups of Driverless Cars Vulnerable to Hackers” included this proposal… Continue Reading

Cyber criminal’s phishing leads to 4+ years in prison for stealing airline tickets, which employee training could have avoided!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading reported a 4+ year jail sentence for stealing airline tickets by using “phishing campaigns targeted customers of Travelport and Sabre, causing phishing emails to be delivered to their customers for the purpose of obtaining and stealing their unique log-in credentials.”  On June 5, 2017 the Department Justice issued a press release entitled “West African computer… Continue Reading

Cyber attack probably caused BA to strand 75,000 passengers, but BA claims it just lost electricity! Haha!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The Independent reported that Wallie Walsh (Chief of  British Airways’ owner International Airlines Group) broke his silence about BA’s IT failure last week that left 75,000 travelers stranded saying “it was not an IT failure, it was a problem caused by the failure of electrical power to our IT systems.” The June 1, 2017 report… Continue Reading

Private Blockchains may not be secure!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Coindesk recently published a blog which “attacks the idea that true immutability can be achieved in blockchain systems, arguing a more relative definition of this feature better encapsulates what’s the technology can achieve.” The May 9, 2017 article entitled “The Blockchain Immutability Myth” was a blog from “Dr.  Gideon Greenspan is the founder and CEO… Continue Reading

4 ways to stop Spearphising (aka Business Email Compromise “BEC”) which has cost more than $2.3+ billion!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Proofpoint’s report states that spearphising/BEC “have collectively scammed victims out of more than $2 billion globally” and that these “threats have hit more than 7,000 companies since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began tracking this type of scam in late 2013.” When I blogged about the FBI report “Watch out for BEC (Business… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Do you know which 2 states don’t have data breach notification laws?

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. Breach notification laws:… Continue Reading

Do you believe China’s new cyber laws are for real?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Reuters reported that a new Chinese law “would require firms exporting data to undergo an annual security assessment law….[and] would ban the export of any economic, technological or scientific data whose transfer would pose a threat to security or public interests. It would also require firms to obtain the consent of users before transmitting data… Continue Reading

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