Even Lawyers Can Get Hacked: Infamous Law Firm Data Breaches
Top Law School Guilty of Leaking Confidential InformationStaci Zaretesky of the popular online legal blog, Above the Law writes, “In March 2014, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles sent out an email with a heap of financial information for the entire graduating class — up to and including Social Security numbers and loan amounts — to some members of the Class of 2014.” How could a law school, whose entire mission is to educate and inform their students of the law, best practices, and proper methodology leak their student’s confidential information? This case makes you question just how safe any of our information is from a data breach.
Leading Lawyer on Cyber-Security Gets Law Firm HackedJohn W. Simek and Sharon D. Nelson of Law Practice Magazine report, “Matt Kesner, the CIO of Fenwick and West LLP, who has lectured at ABA TECHSHOW and acknowledged that his law firm has been breached twice. He noted that it is very unlikely that we are aware of most law firm data breaches since firms have a deeply vested interest in keeping breaches quiet.” Fenwick and West LLP is a prominent law firm in Mountain View, and if a law firm with such a positive reputation and deep knowledgebase of the risks of data breaches could be hacked— what does that mean for the rest of us?
Alabama Law Firm Loses Reputation After YouTube Account is HackedWarning: this is one of the strangest cases we’ve come across. Alabama law firm McCutcheon and Hamner was deemed as “racist” after an offensive commercial was released on their YouTube Channel after it was hacked. Can you say damaging to one’s reputation? The law firm released this statement “Attention: McCutcheon and Hamner’s You Tube Channel has been hacked. Our firm did not approve the latest advertising commercial. We apologize to anyone who has watched the commercial. Our IT team has been working all morning to get the commercial taken off YouTube and find the person who is responsible for this action.” Just like any other company dealing with highly confidential information, law firms are targets of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Storing highly sensitive documents onsite is a huge liability and can result in major data breaches that can result in lawsuits or leaking of private information that can be potentially damaging for your company. Learn how you can protect yourselves from data breaches with Corodata today!
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