NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads • The Register

28 Jan 2016 at 04:06, Iain Thomson

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Usenix Enigma The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is a notoriously secretive organization, but the head of its elite Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking team has appeared at Usenix’s Enigma conference to tell the assembled security experts how to make his life difficult.

Rob Joyce has spent over a quarter of a century at No Such Agency and in 2013 he became head of TAO, with responsibility for breaking into non-US computer networks run by overseas companies and governments. Joyce’s presentation on network security at the event boiled down to one piece of advice.

“If you really want to protect your network you have to know your network, including all the devices and technology in it,” he said. “In many cases we know networks better than the people who designed and run them.”

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Email Hacking On The Rise: What’s A Lawyer To Do? – MyCase Blog

Email Hacking On The Rise: What’s A Lawyer To Do? – MyCase Blog

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Last week the ABA Journal reported on a new hacker scheme that targets lawyers’ confidential client emails. It’s a new type of fraud aimed at lawyers where the hackers intercept emails between real estate attorneys and their clients and then use the information obtained from the emails to steal closing funds.

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Hackers use the information they steal for so-called spear phishing–mimicking the real email addresses of buyers, sellers, counsel and real estate companies, they send email directing those involved in real estate closings to transmit funds to bank accounts controlled by the hackers.

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Read entire article by Nicole Black click here.

Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance-IRS

 Remember to Update Computer Firewalls and Virus Protection

With the filing season right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for basic computer safety and maintenance to secure your system and help prevent identity theft. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your client’s stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.  Your computer files and account information may also provide a treasure trove of information for thieves, which is why protecting your own computer and logging on to secure computer systems is so important. 

    • Be sure to protect electronic taxpayer information systems connected to the Internet with a barrier device (e.g., firewall, router or gateway) to prevent the unauthorized release of taxpayer data. 
    • Regularly update firewall, intrusion detection, anti-spyware, anti-adware, anti-virus software and security patches.
    • Monitor computer systems for unauthorized access by reviewing system logs.

Taxes. Security. Together — We all have a role to play in protecting taxpayer data.  For more information, visit the IRS identity protectionpage. 

Follow IRS guidelines for protecting taxpayer information. Online providers must report unauthorized disclosures within one business day. Resources for tax preparers

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New Rules For Attorneys In New York

New uniform attorney disciplinary rules, announced by outgoing Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on Dec. 29, 2015, will standardize the system throughout the state.

Proposed Uniform Attorney Discipline Rules

The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments on the proposedtUniform Rules of the Appellate Division on Attorney Discipline. The proposed rules, announced November 4, 2015, offer “a harmonized approach to the attorney disciplinary process within the four Departments of the Appellate Division,” according to OCA.

“Our Committee on Professional Discipline will review the proposal and make recommendations to our Executive Committee. We will submit our comments prior to the December 18 deadline,” said New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda.  NYSBA members can email comments to the Association at:

 comments@nysba.org.

The proposed OCA rules are available by clicking here and scrolling down.

Commission Calls for Uniform Lawyer Discipline Standards | New York Law Journal

A commission appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recommended Friday that uniform standards for attorney discipline and punishment be adopted throughout New York state and follow guidelines developed by the American Bar Association.

While the existing machinery of disciplining attorneys would remain in place in each of the four Appellate Division departments, adopting uniform discipline rules would ensure that lawyers from Long Island to Buffalo would be subject to the same punishments for the same misconduct, according to the recommendations of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202738198657/Commission-Calls-for-Uniform-Lawyer-Discipline-Standards#ixzz3mm5VGzZ7

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Lawyer who billed clients for watching true-crime shows is suspended-ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

A “doggedly unrepentant” lawyer who billed her wrongful death clients for watching reality crime TV shows has been suspended for a year from law practice.

The Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the suspension of Knoxville lawyer Yarboro Sallee, who was accused of billing her clients hourly fees of more than $140,000 for less than three months of work and insisting that they pay a contingency fee as well. The Legal Profession Blog, the Chattanoogan and the Knoxville News Sentinel have stories. The July 23 opinion is here (PDF).

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From the Decision:

In her motion, Attorney Sallee also objected to the trial court’s comment that she “watched TV and charged her client for it.” She characterized this statement as “ridiculous,” adding, “since when is television not a respectable avenue for research anyway.” Attorney Sallee pointed to a particular time entry on her “billing statement” as legitimate billable time because it was spent watching a five-hour documentary on the Peterson “Stair Case Murder” in North Carolina. Her motion did not address a 12.5-hour time entry on September 25, 2010, for watching “48 Hours” episodes on similar spousal homicides, a 4.0-hour time entry on October 19, 2010 for watching four “48 Hours” episodes on asphyxia, or a 3.5-hour time entry on October 20, 2010 for watching these same “48 Hours” episodes a second time. At Attorney Sallee’s regular hourly rate, this would amount to over $5,000 for watching episodes of “48 Hours.” 

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