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

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez praised the new 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

Lawyers & Clients Need to Understand the Cyber Threats to the IoT (Internet of Things)!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Wired reported its 2016 Cyber Threats which included the comment that “anyone who follows cybersecurity knows that techniques get bolder and more sophisticated each year. The last twelve months saw several new trends and next year no doubt will bring more.” On January 1, 2016 Wired made its predictions of “The Biggest Security Threats We’ll… Continue Reading

Cyberattacks on the Increase in 2015 with 102+ Million People Exposed in 315 Data Breaches!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) “defines a data breach as an incident in which an individual name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included) is potentially put at risk because of exposure.”  The ITRC December 31, 2015 Data Breach Reports were significantly higher than 2014… Continue Reading

LXBN’s 2015(+) in Review: Net Neutrality Impacts All Internet Users in the US, But Net Neutrality Laws Still Unclear

Posted in eCommerce, Net Neutrality
The LexBlog Network (LXBN) featured this blog on December 23, 2015: Although Internet access is essential to all businesses and individuals in the US (and around the world), apparently the F.C.C. (Federal Communications Commission) continues to struggle with getting Net Neutrality legally correct.  Most people don’t even realize what’s going on with the Net Neutrality… Continue Reading

Educating Employees about Phishing is #1 on IBM’s List to Mitigate Damage

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
IBM emphasizes that ““this could happen to us” so employers should  provide training on “how to avoid becoming a victim, use a variety of approaches—video, webinars, in-person instruction—and require training at intervals to make the risk clear.”  IBM issued “The perils of phishing” report in December 2015 which included these main points about education: Most… Continue Reading

LifeLock Confesses that it Violated Consumers’ Privacy and Will Pay a $100 Million Fine

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported its settlement with LifeLock regarding its lack of compliance with a 2010 Order that “LifeLock failed to establish and maintain a comprehensive information security program to protect users’ sensitive personal information including their social security, credit card and bank account numbers.”  The December 17, 2015 press release from the… Continue Reading

Holy Cow! The E.P.A.’s Use of Social Media violated Federal Laws

Posted in eCommerce
The Government Accountability Office (G.A.O.) ruled that the “Environmental Protection Agency [E.P.A.] engaged in “covert propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters.”  The New York Times reported that the G.A.O. report was… Continue Reading

Mobile malware is getting worse for everyone who uses BYOD- Oh yeah, that’s everyone!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Blue Coat reports that among other bad malware is now referred to PUS – “Potentially Unwanted Software” which “frequently finds its way onto a mobile device through the use of deceptive advertising, or other social engineering attacks designed to deceive the victim into installing the unwanted program.”  The 2015 Mobile Malware Report from Blue Coat… Continue Reading

Privacy & Free Speech at Risk with Terms of Service (ToS) Enforcement on Social Media Content

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched which “gives social media users a place to report takedown notices and catalog content that has been removed.”  EFF Director for International Freedom of Expression and co-founder of Jillian C. York said: We want to know how social media companies enforce their terms of… Continue Reading

Net Neutrality on trial again, and the outcome will impact every Internet user

Posted in eCommerce, Net Neutrality
The Washington Post reported that a hearing is set on December 4, 2015 to consider the “government’s net neutrality rules banning telecom and cable companies from unfairly discriminating against new or potential rivals.”  One of the three judges who will hear the case at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is Judge David Tatel who… Continue Reading

#Spearphishing Attacks are headed your way even though they appear to be messages from your boss!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Infoworld recently highlighted spearphishing which is “a targeted approach to phishing that is proving nefariously effective, even against the most seasoned security pros.”  The November 9, 2015 report was entitled “10 reasons why phishing attacks are nastier than ever” including the fact that spearphising is sent by some you know which is very different that… Continue Reading

Phishing is in the Top Ten Cyberthreats

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
Neustar Engineering reported that there are millions of phishing emails every day since most “email servers don’t actually block email that may be spoofed and may even fail authentication at some level.” The August 20, 2015 blog entitled “Ten Cyberthreats Outside the Firewall” included the following comments about phishing and about the importance of training… Continue Reading

MaaS (Malware-as-a-Service) – the Cybercrime Cloud Service NO ONE Wants to Think about

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
According to the 2015 Threat Report  about MaaS is that the “ average price for exploit kits is usually between $800- $1,500 a month, depending on the features and add-ons” and the “price is likely to remain low due to increased competition.”  The Websense Report was issued in April 2015 and included these trends in… Continue Reading

Cyber Intrusion Planning Should Include Training Employees about eMail

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Everyone should already know cyber intrusions are “when not if,”  so the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepare a tool which “is designed for businesses that lack the resources to hire dedicated staff to protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats.” The FCC’s “Small Biz Cyber Planner” was assembled with help from the Department… Continue Reading

Cyber Intrusion Responsibility Shared by General Counsel & IT

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce, IT Industry
It is imperative that General Counsel learn IT technology and lingo- and that IT legal jargon given a recent survey identified that in almost 450 companies 31% rely on IT and 21% rely on General Counsel to be primarily responsible for assuring legal compliance when cyber intrusion occurs. Zurich sponsored Advisen’s recent white paper entitled… Continue Reading

SEC Declares Planning for Prevention and Detection of Cyber Intrusions is Essential!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
In a recent speech SEC Chair Mary Jo White declared that while “cybersecurity attacks cannot be entirely eliminated, it is incumbent upon private fund advisers to employ robust, state-of-the-art plans to prevent, detect, and respond to such intrusions.” On October 16, 2015 Chair White also stated that: Cybersecurity is the shared responsibility of all regulators… Continue Reading

Cyber Theft of Millions Caused by Phishing Malware!

Posted in Cyber, eCommerce
Criminal charges have been filed against the botnet administrator of “Bugat,”  “Cridex” or “Dridex”  which is a “sophisticated malware package designed to steal banking and other credentials from infected computers” and the “FBI estimates at least $10 million in direct loss.”  The US Attorney General’s office announced on October 13, 2015 that “Bugat is specifically… Continue Reading

GUEST BLOG: Snowden’s Disclosures Upend EU-US Privacy Safe Harbor Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
My Guest Blogger Eric Levy is a senior attorney in Gardere’s Trial Practice Group who specializes in complex litigation with a focus on technology and Internet eCommerce related issues.   The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on October 6, 2015 in the case of Schrems vs. Data Protection Commissioner that the access enjoyed by… Continue Reading