Law firms “will stop using email within five years” – Legal Futures

‘Email will be replaced within five years by a more secure means of communication for law firms, an expert predicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Uber fined after hackers download 2.7 million customers’ data – The Independent

Posted November 27th, 2018 in computer crime, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, privacy, taxis by tracey

‘Uber has been fined £385,000 for failing to protect customers’ information during a cyber attack, in a “serious breach” of UK data protection law. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) found Uber was guilty of “a series of avoidable data security flaws” that allowed the personal details of around 2.7million UK customers to be accessed and downloaded by attackers.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

TalkTalk hack attack: Friends jailed for cyber crimes – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2018 in computer crime, guilty pleas, internet, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two friends who took part in a £77m hack on the TalkTalk website have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Landmark jail sentence for man who stole client data for CMCs – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2018 in claims management, computer crime, data protection, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who passed on thousands of an accident repair company’s customer records to claims management companies has been jailed in a landmark prosecution.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers becoming as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors – Legal Futures

‘Increased use of technology at the Bar and in the court system has left barristers as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law Society: Cyber-criminals targeting more small firms – Legal Futures

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Small law firms are increasingly being targeted by cyber-criminals, but very few attacks are actually succeeding, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

£7m win for Chinese company in first ‘persons unknown’ freezing order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 27th, 2018 in computer crime, costs, damages, freezing injunctions, news by tracey

‘The High Court has awarded the UK arm of natural resources company China Molybdenum Company (CMOC) £7m, in a case in which a worldwide freezing injunction against “persons unknown” was approved for the first time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Banks subject to UK disclosures on security and outage incidents – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in banking, computer crime, disclosure, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Rules requiring banks to publically disclose how often they have had to report major operational and security incidents have taken effect in the UK.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

The scale and drivers of attrition in reported fraud and cyber crime – Home Office

Posted July 16th, 2018 in computer crime, fraud, reports by tracey

‘Outlines findings from a research study looking at the level of attrition in fraud and cyber crime cases reported to Action Fraud..’

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Home Office, 16th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

World-class fraud and cybercrime court approved for London’s Fleetbank house site – Ministry of justice

Posted July 5th, 2018 in computer crime, courts, press releases by tracey

‘A new flagship court specifically designed to tackle cybercrime, fraud, and economic crime will reinforce the UK’s reputation as a world-leading legal centre, the Lord Chancellor will announce tonight (Wednesday 4 July).’

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Ministry of justice, 4th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Bible Society fined £100k for cyber hack of 417,000 Christian backers – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 12th, 2018 in computer crime, data protection, fines, news by sally

‘The Bible Society has been fined £100,000 over computer security failings that allowed hackers to access the personal details of more than 400,000 mainly Christian backers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century – Attorney General’s Office

Posted May 24th, 2018 in computer crime, international law, internet, speeches by tracey

‘The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP this morning set out the UK’s position on applying international law to cyberspace. This is the first time a Government Minister has set out the UK view on record.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Computer hacker who stole customers’ data from hundreds of top companies facing jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in computer crime, conspiracy, drug offences, fraud, news by tracey

‘A computer hacker who stole customers’ data from more than 100 companies worldwide before selling the information to criminals on the dark web is facing years in jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lauri Love case: US abandons extradition case – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2018 in appeals, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

‘Efforts to extradite alleged computer hacker Lauri Love have been abandoned by US authorities.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2018

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The Forum Bar: it does exist — Bruno Min – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2018 in choice of forum, computer crime, extradition, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘n 5th February 2018 the Divisional Court gave judgment in Love v USA [2018] EWHC 172 (Admin), holding that the forum bar operated against the extradition of Lauri Love to the United States to face charges of making a series of cyber-attacks on the computer networks of private companies and US Government agencies. This is the first reported case in which the ‘forum bar’ has been applied to block an extradition.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2018

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

British hacker Lauri Love wins fight against extradition to US – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 5th, 2018 in appeals, computer crime, extradition, news by sally

‘British hacker Lauri Love has won his legal battle after fearing he would be extradited to the US.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government response on the Cyber Security consultation – Technology Law Update

Posted January 30th, 2018 in computer crime, consultations, data protection, EC law, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Government has now published a response to its consultation the Network and Information Security Directive (also known as the Cybersecurity Directive). We provided feedback to the consultation back in September on many of the points addressed in the response, and welcome some valuable improvements to the proposals.’

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Technology Law Update, 29th January 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Hacker admits international cyber attacks – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 19th, 2018 in computer crime, guilty pleas, internet, sentencing by tracey

‘A hacker who was responsible for thousands of cyber-attacks on firms around the world including Skype and Google has been jailed for two years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th January 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Hacker sentenced for cyber-attacks on high-profile companies – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 20th, 2017 in computer crime, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A teenage hacker who helped others to target high profile companies such as Virgin, O2, NatWest Bank and Netflix has been sentenced after facilitating cyber-attacks that crashed their websites.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th December 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Employer liable for disgruntled employee’s deliberate data breach – Technology Law Blog

Posted December 20th, 2017 in computer crime, data protection, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘WM Morrisons Supermarket plc have been held liable to 5,518 of their employees for a deliberate data breach by a rogue employee, Andrew Skelton.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th December 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk