Monday, December 7, 2009

First, We Hack All The Lawyers...

"The FBI has some advice for law firms: Be careful.

"The agency recently issued a warning alerting firms that what may appear to be e-mails from clients or contacts could instead be from hackers trying to infiltrate law firm databases.

"The FBI says it has `high confidence` that hackers are targeting legal and public relations firms.

"`Opening a message will not directly compromise the system or network because the malicious payload lies in the attachment or linked domain,` the warning reads. `Infection occurs once someone opens the attachment or clicks the link, which launches a self-executing file and, through a variety of malicious processes, attempts to download another file.`

"... It’s no surprise that law firms are being targeted, said Rohyt Belani, co-founder of the New York-based Intrepidus Group, an information security consulting and software company. `If I can get on a senior partner’s machine or the system administrator’s machine, I’ll get access to the keys to the kingdom for the entire network. A law firm is a place where a lot of sensitive data for different [companies] is collected.`"

More at the Wisconsin Law Journal...

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