By Lucian Constantin
A security researcher has created a free security tool that can detect attempts by ransomware programs to encrypt files on users’ Macs and then block them before they do a lot of damage.
Called RansomWhere?, the application is the creation of Patrick Wardle, director of research and development at security firm Synack. It’s meant to detect and block the encryption of files by untrusted processes.
The tool monitors users’ home directories and detects when encrypted files are rapidly created inside them–a telltale sign of ransomware activity.
BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS
ABA President Linda A. Klein on Tuesday sharply criticized proposed budget cuts by the White House that would do “severe damage to the most vulnerable people in our society.”
“Steep budget cuts proposed today by the White House would severely undermine the fairness of the legal system and deny access to justice for some of society’s most vulnerable individuals,” Klein said in the statement.
“These include children, veterans, the elderly, people with disabilities, people in poverty, families suffering after natural disasters, survivors of domestic violence and victims of other crimes.”
BY COGAN SCHNEIER
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is the first appellate court to uphold an injunction against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban executive order, a move that likely sets the issue up for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thursday’s opinion keeps in place a Maryland district court’s nationwide injunction against the order, issued March 6. The executive order blocked the entry of immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries.
By William Vogeler, Esq
One thing for sure about the future of legal tech, there will be upgrades.
In that tradition, Microsoft has announced its newest edition of SQL 2017 — a server that features software upgrades that may serve lawyers well. It is not a lawyer product, per se, but it has tools that can help attorneys manage their workloads.
The most promising features for the legal profession, according to reports, are improved analytics and artificial intelligence that may even predict outcomes.
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BY MINDY H. STERN, ESQ.
Q. Can you tell me if it is legal for a co-op board to turn down the sale of a unit because they think the selling price is too low? The appraisal from a well-known real estate appraiser was much lower than the contract price. However, the board refused two sales. What was once a rumor was confirmed after the second refusal by the board. It was told to us that the board will not approve a sale under $500,000 more than the appraisa
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The Trump administration tries a scary new tactic to keep lawyers from aiding immigrants.
By JOE PATRICE
If you can’t beat ’em, bully them with “cease and desist” letters and trumped-up disciplinary accusations. That’s apparently the new motto down at the Department of Justice, where the government is lashing out at the immigration rights attorneys who stymied the administration’s efforts to implement their travel ban. And it’s not just non-profit groups (though those are the first lawyers getting hit); the clever, if diabolical, argument the DOJ has cooked up could be launched to shut down Biglaw attorneys working pro bono matters next. They may have stumbled out of the gate, but this Justice Department came to play hardball, folks.
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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, intuitive web-based law practice management software for the modern law firm. She is also the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of lawtechTalk.com and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s why the ABA issued Formal Opinion 477 on May 11, 2017. In this opinion, the Committee concluded that because there are more secure electronic communication methods available in 2017, lawyers may want to consider avoiding email for many client communications and use other, more secure electronic methods instead.
Read more of Nicole Black’s analysis of Opinion 477…
BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS–ABA Journal
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak of Brooklyn ordered the city to pay the deposition costs as a result of the lawyer’s conduct, report the New York Law Journal(sub. req.), the New York Daily News and the New York Post.