Cybercrime

Why Developing Cyber Resilience Requires Emotional Intelligence

Liability cases are rising as the top leaders of corporations are being held personally accountable for data breaches. The Bank of Ireland, for example, was recently fined a record €24.5m and publicly reprimanded by the Central Bank of Ireland for IT failures dating back to 2008. The visible cost of malicious cybercrime attacks is estimated…
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Cyberattacks

Congressional Cybersecurity Report Warns of Dim Outlook

Cybersecurity has become a primary focus for lawmakers, federal agencies, and the private sector. Cyberattacks have prompted official government actions in the form of Executive Orders, Operational Directives, ransomware guidance, ransomware notification legislation, and dozens of bills aimed at enhancing cybersecurity across industry sectors. A recent report by the Congressional Research Service highlights the different…
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Fintech

Fintech Cybersecurity: A Plan for Innovation with Risk Mitigation

As the fintech industry rushes ahead to integrate new technologies, it’s leaving the door open for cyber attackers. The financial technology (fintech) industry is evolving at breakneck speed, driven in large part by its rapid adoption of innovative new technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain-powered assets. By 2026, the current global fintech market is projected…
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Ransomware

Cyber Ransoms: To Pay or Not to Pay?

Ransomware attacks are an increasingly prevalent form of cyber threat. COVID-19 has contributed to the increase in ransomware attacks, as remote workforces are increasingly dependent on email and therefore susceptible to phishing attacks. In a typical ransomware attack, the hacker encrypts key files and systems at the target organization to cripple its operations and demands…
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Cryptocurrency

DOJ Announces National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

On October 6, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (“NCET”). The DOJ press release is set forth in part below, without further commentary, other than to observe that the NCET’s stated goals are to address issues on which we repeatedly have blogged: crypto exchangers and their AML…
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Ransomware

New Ransomware Guidance Issued

On September 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new ransomware guidance, discouraging companies and citizens from paying ransoms. The Updated Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments is the latest step taken by the Biden Administration to curb the increase in ransomware attacks. In…
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Cybersecurity

Infrastructure Bill Allocates Nearly $2 Billion to Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which it has passed along to the House for approval. The package includes a variety of bills that allocate spending toward critical infrastructure, including roads, railways, bridges, electric vehicles, and telecom companies. The package also allocates more than $1.9 billion toward cybersecurity. The move…
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2020 News in Review

Week Ending December 28 ICO Warns SolarWinds Victims to Report Breaches The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to organizations compromised by the SolarWinds breach. The breach, which was carried out by Russian hackers, affected more than 18000 organizations worldwide. ICO requires UK data controllers subject to NIS regulations to report…
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What We Can Learn From the SolarWinds Breach

SolarWinds, a network management software company, found itself the direct victim of an insidious malware breach last week that had been in the works for months. The hack involved the installation of malware onto an updated version of their software, which was downloaded by over 18,000 customers, including approximately 421 Fortune 500 companies–and large swaths…
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OCC And Capitol One

OCC Fines Capital One: Key Takeaways

Last year, Capital One experienced one of the largest-ever data breaches of a bank, when a hacker–Paige Thompson–got her hands on the personal information of over 106 million customers and applicants via a misconfigured AWS server. Now, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has hit the bank with a whopping $80 million…
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