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Blockchain is what makes Bitcoin work, and is the real deal to change the world!

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
McKinsey’s interviewed Don Tapscott who defined Blockchain as an “immutable, unhackable distributed database of digital assets” which is a “giant, global spreadsheet that runs on millions and millions of computers.”  The May 2016 article entitled “How blockchains could change the world” included these comments about Bitcoin: Most blockchains—and Bitcoin is the biggest—are what you call permission-less… 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

Consumer protection & privacy paramount at the FTC Forum on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain

Posted in eCommerce
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted its third FinTech Forum which was “designed to bring together industry participants, consumer groups, researchers, and government representatives, to examine the ways in which these technologies are being used to offer consumers services, the potential benefits, and consumer protection implications as these technologies continue to develop.”  The March 9,… Continue Reading

Is Uber’s Greyball a VTOS (Violation of Terms Of Service) or Deception?

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that Uber’s Greyball “uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent officials who were trying to clamp down on the ride-hailing service.”  The March 3, 2017 article entitled “How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide” said that Uber used Greyball: …to evade the authorities in… 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

Wow! Uber fined $20 Million and confesses it exaggerated potential drivers’ earnings!

Posted in eCommerce
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Uber alleging that it “misled prospective drivers with exaggerated earning claims and claims about financing through its Vehicle Solutions Program.”  The January 19, 2017 lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California FTC v. Uber Technologies, Inc. requested a permanent injunction and includes claims… 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

Uber will likely get smarter since they hired Google’s former head of search!

Posted in eCommerce
The New York Times reported that Uber hired “Amit Singhal, a 15-year Google veteran and a former senior vice president for search …to join Uber as senior vice president for engineering. At Uber, he will work to build out the software and infrastructure that are the foundation of the company’s ride-hailing services.”  The January 20,… 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

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