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As a strong signal that it intends to increase its focus on illicit crypto transactions, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the creation of an enforcement team, the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (“NCET”), on October 6, 2021.

October 28, 2021
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The widespread adoption of remote work arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for employers to provide flexibility for the foreseeable future have heightened data-privacy risks for U.S. ...
October 20, 2021
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The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced a new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative (the “Initiative”) that will use the False Claim Act (“FCA”) to pursue contractors and grant recipients that knowingly (1) provide deficient cybersecurity products or services, (2) misrepresent their cybersecurity practices or protocols, or (3) violate obligations to monitor and report cybersecurity incidents and breaches.

V&E Government Contracts Update

October 19, 2021
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As the onslaught of data breaches and ransomware attacks continues, state governments are grappling with ways to bolster the impact and reach of breach notification laws.

October 14, 2021
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Amid high-profile cybersecurity breaches that have spurred regulatory action and encouraged compliance revamps, the Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania (“ICSOP”) has a duty to defend Landry’s, a Houston-based hospitality chain, in a $20 million data breach litigation.

July 29, 2021
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In a notable decision on June 3, 2021, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split about the reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”), a statute that allows for potential civil and criminal penalties against those who have “exceed[ed] authorized access” in obtaining and/or using information from company computer systems.

June 9, 2021
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) was designed to stop hacking and other forms of cybercrime.

V&E Government Investigations Update

June 8, 2021
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On May 27, 2021, against the backdrop of the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) announced Security Directive Pipeline-2021-01 regarding enhancements to pipeline cybersecurity (the “Directive”).

V&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Update

May 28, 2021
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In McMorris v. Carlos Lopez & Associates, LLC, a data breach case, the Second Circuit held that plaintiffs may demonstrate standing based on a theory of “increased risk” of future identity theft or fraud following an unauthorized disclosure of their data.

May 26, 2021
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On March 4, 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report titled “Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: Guidance Would Help DOD Programs Better Communicate Requirements to Contractors” (the “Report”).

April 8, 2021
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Two weeks ago, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced two significant enforcement actions and shut down NetWalker and Emotet, powerful tools that had been used by alleged criminal networks engaging in widespread ransomware extortion schemes.

February 11, 2021
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Partners Devika Kornbacher and Jessica Heim led a roundtable discussing “Privacy Matters in the Virtual Workspace” with members of the National Association of Corporate Directors and guest speaker Myrna Soto.
January 19, 2021
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