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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

New email law which gives employees an after hour a ‘right to disconnect’ – good or bad idea?

Posted in eCommerce
Computerworld reported that the “French law took effect Jan. 1 and requires firms with more than 50 employees to negotiate a “disconnection” rule governing after-hour and vacation communications.”  The January 6, 2017 report entitled “Why France’s new ‘right to disconnect’ law matters” included this comment that emails “arriving at night, on weekends and during vacation… Continue Reading

BIG SURPRISE! – Fraud and identity theft a real problem for online dating sites!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The FBI announced that “John Edward Taylor allegedly trolled dating websites to find unsuspecting women for his ‘romance’ scam, designed to steal their money.”  The January 3, 2017 FBI news release entitled “Alleged Confidence Man Charged With Luring Victims Through Matchmaking And Networking Sites To Commit Fraud And Identity Theft” included these comments about Taylor’s… Continue Reading

Privacy Laws will likely cause conflicts with Big Data in 2017

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy concerns regarding big data were highlighted by the Federal Trade Commission report entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues” in January 2016 and will grow in importance given the predicted growth of big data reported by Infoworld which included a report that market research and advisory firm “Ovum estimates… 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

Companies without Incident Response Plans (IRPs) may not be able to get Cyber Insurance!

Posted in eCommerce
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Cybersecurity Task Force reported that insurance companies “will probably want to see the business’ disaster response plan and evaluate it with respect to the business’ risk management of its networks, its website, its physical assets and its intellectual property.” The November 17, 2016 NAIC Cybersecurity Report made it… 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

Guess what? Cyber threats are directed at ATMs!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Business Insurance reported that “Cyber criminals have remotely attacked cash machines in more than a dozen countries across Europe this year, using malicious software that forces machines to spit out cash.”  The November 21, 2016 report entitled “Hackers target ATMs across Europe as cyber threat grows” cites Russian cyber security firm Group IB and Diebold… Continue Reading

About 75% of companies don’t have adequate Cyber Security Incident Response Plans (IRPs), so how Cyber Resilient is your Company? Or Law Firm?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Of the 2,000 IT and IT security professionals surveyed by the Ponemon Institute “75% of respondents admit they do not have a formal cyber security incident response plan (CSIRP) that is applied consistently across the organization” and 51% rated cyber resilience as “very important or essential to achieving a strong security posture.”  The November 2016… Continue Reading

The Cyber Underground and what you need to know about the DarkNet Marketplaces

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The US recently joined  Operation Hyperion to “share criminal intelligence and collaborate on operations to combat transnational crime” with the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), an international coalition of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  On November 1, 2016 the FBI issued its “A Primer on DarkNet Marketplaces… Continue Reading

Are the EU antitrust cases against Google really just Russian roulette?

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that the EU antitrust cases against Google are very broad and “relate to Android, Google’s mobile operating system, some of its dominant online search services and some of its advertising products.” The October 30, 2016 story entitled “The Stakes Are Rising in Google’s Antitrust Fight with Europe” includes this observation… Continue Reading

VIDEO: How does the EU Privacy Shield impact privacy for non-PII data or PCI?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Companies that transfer their accounting records between countries should know whether the new EU Privacy Shield applies to data whether it contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or PCI credit card information.  To learn more, please watch my recent video entitled “Data Transfer Agreements: What You Need to Know.” The video interview by SmartPros is part… Continue Reading

Can the G7 really protect the financial world from cybercrime?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Reuters reported that the Group of Seven (G7) industrial powers (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US) “agreed on guidelines for protecting the global financial sector from cyber attacks following a series of cross-border bank thefts by hackers.”  The October 11, 2016 report entitled “G7 sets common cyber-security guidelines for financial sector” included… Continue Reading

“Top Secret” Electronic Records Stolen by NSA Cybersecurity Contractor!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
The New York Times reported that a cybersecurity contractor for the NSA (National Security Agency) was arrested based on allegations that “he stole and disclosed highly classified computer code developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments.”  The October 6, 2016 article entitled “N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of  Secrets” reported that… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Can the FTC control the privacy of the IoT (Internet of Things)?

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Access
My Guest Blogger Eric Levy is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Trial Practice Group who focuses on cyber security, PCI compliance, PII, eCommerce, and related complex litigation. Apparently IoT is leading the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), the government watchdog of privacy, one step closer to broadening the scope of what it believes falls within the definition of “personally… Continue Reading