Somedays it feels like the whole world is getting hacked. China has stolen U.S. military data through cyberspace, first for the Joint Strike Fighter and now for sensitive submarine technologies. Millions of Americans have had their credit card information pilfered as hackers breached retail companies. Even ships at sea are vulnerable, as hackers have learned to manipulate the Automated Information System (AIS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to alter a ship’s navigational course without their captains necessarily knowing.
These hacks are alarming in their scope and risk and immediately make headlines. But what about the quiet, subtle hack of a white glove law firm? Law firms base their reputation (and therefore their business) on confidentiality and discretion – for good reason. The legal business is obviously a sensitive one; lawyers often interact with their clients in vulnerable or transitional states where much is at risk. Client records thus present a treasure trove of juicy data for any hacker: personally identifiable information, banking data, and correspondence. All data that could make or break a case for a client and her firm.
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