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Phishing and Spoofing Scams — A Few Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Business

The phone rings.  The caller ID says it’s your attorney’s office.  When you answer, you are told you owe your attorney additional money and are directed to call a toll-free number.  When you call the number, you are told how

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Posted in Cyber crimes, Cyberattack, Data Security, Privacy

Cyber-Security Alert: D.C. Area Hospital Chain MedStar Targeted By Hackers

MedStar, a Washington, D.C.-area hospital chain, became the latest healthcare industry victim of a cyber-attack when hackers breached its systems with a crippling virus. MedStar operates 10 hospitals in the D.C./Baltimore region, employs 30,000 staff, has 6,000 affiliated physicians, and

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Posted in Cyber crimes, Cyberattack, Data Breach, Data Security, HIPAA, Privacy

Insurance Company Must Defend Against Data Breach Class Action, 4th Cir. Says

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit held that Travelers must defend Portal Healthcare in a class action claim arising out of an alleged medical records data breach. The class action, filed in New York state court in April 2013, alleges that

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Insurance, Litigation

OCR Announces Two Significant HIPAA Breach Settlements

On consecutive days, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced two large HIPAA breach settlements. On March 16, 2016, OCR announced that it entered into a Resolution Agreement with North

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, HIPAA

House Subcommittee Examines the Role of Cyber Insurance

On March 22, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing on The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management. The witnesses were Matthew McCabe, a Senior Advisory Specialist for cyber insurance

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Posted in Data Security, Insurance

iWon’t: Apple’s Face-Off with the DOJ

In what is quickly becoming one of the closest-watched cases in the country, Apple is now at loggerheads with the Department of Justice and FBI over its refusal to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The

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Posted in Data Security, Litigation, Privacy

Michaels Crafts Successful Motion to Dismiss in Data Breach Case

Plaintiffs continue to battle for standing in data breach cases, and another federal court recently added to a growing body of decisions helpful to companies who find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit after falling victim to hackers. 

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, Litigation, Privacy

Chris Correa Isn’t Billy Beane and This Isn’t Moneyball

The lights going on and off within the head of former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa were once probably flickering more actively than the lights inside of The Staples Center just before the Los Angeles Lakers take to

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Posted in Cyber crimes, Cyberattack, Data Breach, Data Security, Privacy, Standards

FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case: ALJ Sets High Bar for Consumer Harm

On November 13, 2015, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) ruled against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in its high-profile data security case against LabMD. The ALJ ruled that the FTC had failed to show that LabMD’s conduct had caused harm

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Posted in Data Breach, Data Security, FTC, HIPAA, Litigation

The Elephant in the Room – Catastrophic Property Damage from a Cyber Attack

Much of what we discuss in this blog relates to the loss of information and the legal and regulatory framework that exists to address individual privacy concerns following a data breach.  However, as our colleague Dick Bennett points out in

Posted in Cyberattack, Data Breach, Data Security
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In the new digital world, individuals and businesses are almost entirely dependent on computer technology and electronic communications to function on a daily basis. Although the power of modern technology is a source of opportunity and inspiration—it also poses huge challenges, from protecting privacy and securing proprietary data to adhering to fast-changing statutory and regulatory requirements. The Cyber Law Monitor blog covers privacy, data security, technology, and cyber space. It tracks major legal and policy developments and provides analysis of current events.
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