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GUEST BLOG: Small Texas Law Firm Used in International Cyberattack

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… Continue Reading

No surprise that the FBI is warning law firms that they are cybertargets for insider trading

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
A FBI Privacy Industry Notification identified in “a recent cyber criminal forum post an advertisement to hire a technically proficient hacker for the purposes of gaining sustained access to the networks of multiple international law firms.” Bloomberg BNA reported about the March 4, 2016 FBI Notification entitled “FBI Alert Warns of Criminals Seeking Access to… Continue Reading

Are US Privacy Laws Unconstitutional? We’ll find out in Microsoft’s new suit against the US Government!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b) violates the First and Fourth Amendments since the Constitution should “afford people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property.” The April 14, 2016 Complaint for Declaratory Judgment filed in Seattle federal court against the US Department of Justice and… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Advice to CEOs and Boards “Take more responsibility”!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The White House and its top security advisors are regularly advised about cyberintrusions and as a result the “time has come for CEOs and Boards to take personal responsibility for improving their companies’ cyber security” according to Former White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Sameer Bhalotra.  In the recent report from LogRhythm entitled “The Cyber… Continue Reading

Watch out for BEC (Business eMail Compromise- aka Spearphishing) which has cost $2.3+ BILLION!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Since October 2013 there have been more than 17,642 BEC victims so the FBI recommended that businesses be “wary of e-mail-only wire transfer requests and requests involving urgency” and to pick “up the phone and verify legitimate business partners.”  The April 4, 2016 alert entitled “FBI Warns of Dramatic Increase in Business E-Mail Scams” included… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Alert: monetization of malware is one of the 7 biggest threats!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
There’s no substitute for training employees to avoid opening obviously suspect email and attachments, and HP Enterprise (HPE) issued a report which disclosed “a continued rise in attackers’ success at infiltrating enterprise networks” and as a result “defenders must accelerate their approach to detection, protection, response, and recovery.”  The HPE report entitled “Security Research Cyber… Continue Reading

More advice on how to avoid Ransomware – verify & test disaster recovery backup!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
It’s one thing to backup data, and another to verify the backup was a success, but you also should test restoring backup data so you can “fix the issues before data gremlins such as hard drive failures, natural disasters, or ransomware delete your” data and intellectual property according to the article “How to review and… Continue Reading

Good advice from the FBI -9 ways to avoid Ransomware including not using the “same password for everything”!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Ransomware is in the news every day, so it makes sense to follow the FBI’s warning to avoid paying a ransom of “hundreds to thousands of dollars” for “a type of malware that infects computers and restricts users’ access to their files or threatens the permanent destruction of their information…” The March 17, 2016 press… Continue Reading

Wow FTC Commissioner confesses she fell for email scam & announces her resignation!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
After Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Julie Brill got a friend’s “email with an innocuous-looking Google Drive attachment. But after clicking on the link and entering in some of her personal information on the resulting page, she soon realized the truth: This was not a Google site at all.” The March 22, 2016 Washington Post… Continue Reading

Amazingly enough Hulk Hogan’s verdict may improve Internet privacy!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Washington Post opined that the “$115 million legal body slam Friday against Gawker Media could have deeper implications for the debate between the public’s right to know (and the media’s right to report) and an individual’s right to privacy.” The March 21, 2016 article entitled “Hulk Hogan’s $140.1 million KO in courtroom could have… Continue Reading

PCI may be in jeopardy with federal investigation underway!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Since there are no laws regulating credit card security the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Special Reports from 9 companies to disclose their “data security compliance auditing and its role in protecting consumers’ information and privacy” under the PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance assessment for DSS (Data Security Standards) and Forensic Audits.  On March 7,… Continue Reading

Malicious Insiders are high on the list of 2016 cloud cyber security “Treacherous 12”!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) identified its dirty dozen cloud security threats “to provide organizations with an up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security concerns in order to make  educated risk management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies.  The February 2016 CSA report entitled “The Treacherous 12 Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016” was released at the… Continue Reading

Can the FCC’s proposed new ISP rules succeed in protecting privacy?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chair Tom Wheeler proposed that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) “would be able to use and share customer information with their affiliates to market other communications-related services unless you “opt out” and ask them not to. All other uses and sharing of your personal data would require your affirmative “opt-in” consent.”  Wheeler’s… Continue Reading

Super settlement for “Supercookie” privacy law violation which tracked +100 million cell users!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Verizon confessed its violation of privacy laws and agreed to “pay a fine of $1,350,000 and implement a compliance plan that requires it to obtain customer opt-in consent prior to sharing a customer’s UIDH [Unique Identifier Headers] with a third party to deliver targeted advertising.”  On March 7, 2016 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and… Continue Reading

Judge declares “Cyberstalking a Serious Crime” and sentences a Cyberstalker to 10 years in prison!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
31 year old Michael Daniel Rubens confessed that “he publicly humiliated dozens of young women by hacking into their online accounts, including e-mail and social media, stealing photographs and other personal information, using the photographs to create pornography and posting the pornographic images on social media websites and on a revenge pornography website that was… Continue Reading

$3.8M is cost of the average cyberbreach, so IBM expands its cybersecurity footprint!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
IBM announced the acquisition of Resilient Systems which will be “industry’s first integrated end-to-end platform combining analytics, forensics, vulnerability management and incident response” according to PCWorld.  The report entitled “IBM to buy Resilient Systems, bringing security guru Bruce Schneier on board” on February 29, 2016 included these comments: …more than two-thirds of U.S. security executives… Continue Reading

Surprised? US ranks a measly No. 9 in cybercrime and hacking threats!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Darkreading identified trivia about the US that  cybercrime “costs the average US firm $15 million per year” in its “Cybercrime And Hacking Atlas” Guide about  “cybercrime threat and target trends in 10 notable countries.”  Among other details the Guide included these Notable Hackers: Russia: Evgeniy Bogachev, also known as Slavik, is thought to be the mastermind behind… Continue Reading

Hospital pays a bitcoin ransom! Was there a HIPAA Violation?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center reportedly paid “the equivalent of $17,000 in bitcoins to restore control of its computer systems” according to Judy Greenwald’s report in BusinessInsurance.com on February 18, 2016.  Although there was no alleged HIPAA violation reported the Medical Center, a private 434-bed facility, issued a statement on February 5 that the “malware locked… Continue Reading

Uh oh! Facebook accused of breaching EU Privacy laws!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Reuters reported that the “French data protection authority on Monday gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop some transfers of personal data to the United States.” The February 8, 2016 report entitled “French data privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook” is related… Continue Reading

Identity stolen? Then check out the FTC’s website identitytheft.gov!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez praised the new identitytheft.gov website because millions “of Americans have been victims of identity theft, and until now, there has not been a single site where they can quickly file an official complaint and then get real, personalized help.” The January 28, 2016 FTC announcement included these comments: For the first time,… Continue Reading

7 cyber risks using WiFi including risks of using free hotspots!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access, Internet Privacy
Every one is dependent on WiFi -unfortunately most people think it is safe, however Networkworld identified 7 “ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.”  The November 13, 2015 report entitled “7 ways hackers can use Wi-Fi against you” including these points about “Using free hotspots”:… Continue Reading

Will antitrust laws limit the Frightful 5 who dominate digital life?

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
The New York Times identified Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft  as the “undisputed rulers of the consumer technology industry” in a January 20, 2016 article entitled “Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future.”  Don’t forget that Microsoft lost it antitrust lawsuit in 2000, which is about 7,652 Internet years ago.  As… Continue Reading