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Peter S. Vogel: Court Shuts Down Yellow Page Websites for Bilking $14 Million
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel US small businesses and churches were targeted by websites based in Montreal , Canada and as a result were bilked out of $14 million . After receiving more than 13,000 consumer complaints the FTC filed a Complaint against Modern Technology... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Judge Allows Libel Suit Based on Google Autocomplete Search Results
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel A Hong Kong Judge disagreed with Google that Google’s Autocomplete may have created libeleous content and “cited Europe’s recent ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling requiring Google to remove embarrassing... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Bad News- You’re Not Entitled to Privacy When You Make A ‘Butt Call’!
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel A court ruled that there is no privacy to people who make “butt calls” and particularly when the party making the “butt call” admitted “that he was aware of the risk of making inadvertent pocket-dial... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: CYBERALERT: .zip and .review are in the Top 10 Most Dangerous Top Level Domains (TLD)!
Posted on 9 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Most folks ignore anything to the right of the “.” but Blue Coat warns about the explosion in TLDs and “created a list rating the web’s shadiest and safest neighborhoods” based “on analysis of... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Google Law: Google Decides if Sites May Force Apps
Posted on 9 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel One might conclude that Google is the Internet law maker after “Google said that starting in November it would begin penalizing sites that show these “please install our app” ads.” The New York Times article... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cybercrime is Growth Industry Estimated to be as Much as $575 Billion
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel A recent report estimates that the ”cost of cybercrime includes the effect of hundreds of millions of people having their personal information stolen—incidents in the last year include more than 40 million people in the... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: MaaS (Malware-as-a-Service) – the Cybercrime Cloud Service NO ONE Wants to Think about
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel According to the 2015 Threat Report about MaaS is that the “ average price for exploit kits is usually between $800- $1,500 a month, depending on the features and add-ons” and the “price is likely to remain low due... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cyber Theft of Millions Caused by Phishing Malware!
Posted on 16 Oct 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Criminal charges have been filed against the botnet administrator of “Bugat,” “Cridex” or “Dridex” which is a “sophisticated malware package designed to steal banking and other credentials... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cybercrime is Getting Worse – 5 Reasons
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel On the heels of the recent report that cybercrime is a $575 billion growth industry , Infoworld pointed out “that amount of crime has persisted for a long time, well before the Internet.” The article included these 5 reasons... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: HIPAA Violation From Cyberattack That Exposes 4.5 Million Patients At UCLA Health?
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel In July 2011 UCLA Health settled HIPAA violation, paid a fine of $865,000 , and “committed to a corrective action plan aimed at remedying gaps in its compliance with the rules,” but they were not prepared for a 2014 cyberattack... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Cybercriminals Know How To Access Law Firms
Posted on 3 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Aderant recently published an article entitled the “5 Deadly Sins Cyber Criminals Know About Law Firm Security” written by Lewis Thomason CFO William Kunkel, attorney Joy Justin, and consultants from Sword & Shield... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Lawyers Looking For Witnesses & Evidence Need To Know About Internet Anonymity!
Posted on 8 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Infoworld recently reported about how folks can become anonymous on the Internet which comes in the wake of the 37 million individuals who were exposed in the Ashley Madison hack. The August 25, 2015 report was entitled “9 steps... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Legal Departments Cause Lots of Cyberintrusions by Opening Too Much Phish!
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Repor t identified that the legal, communications, and customer service departments “were far more likely to actually open an e-mail than all other departments.” My blog... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Alert To All Lawyers – Inevitable Data And IT Disasters May Destroy Client Files!
Posted on 2 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel A recent report warned that lawyers have an “ethical and regulatory responsibility to protect your client’s confidential information, it is imperative that you have a plan in place to protect your data from loss, corruption... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: What A Great Idea – Keep A Cybersecurity Attorney On Retainer!
Posted on 2 Sep 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel Since “99% of incident response and forensics is run through IT not counsel” businesses should follow Computerworld’s advice about managing cyberintrusions since “time is not a friend in any breach situation... Read More