New N.S.A. Breach Linked to Popular Russian Antivirus Software – The New York Times

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Investigators believe the hackers may have penetrated the computer by exploiting Kaspersky Lab antivirus software, a Russian brand widely used around the world, that the employee was using, according to officials briefed on the matter.
 
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The officials did not make their concerns public, and the antivirus software remains popular. But last month the federal government ordered the Kaspersky software removed from all government computers. The F.B.I. has been investigating whether Kaspersky products, especially the well-reviewed antivirus programs, contain “back doors” that could allow Russian intelligence agencies into any computers or networks on which they are running. The company has always denied that it has any links to Russian intelligence.

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DOJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives – POLITICO

The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts.

In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to take a senior adviser position in the White House. First daughter Ivanka Trumplater took a similar official but unpaid slot under the same legal rationale.

The newly disclosed opinions, issued to the administrations of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and obtained by POLITICO Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.

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Ethics in the Age of the Internet NYC Live & Webcast–NYSBA General Practice Section CLE

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Dear GP Section members:

 

The General Practice Section is sponsoring the following program in New York City the evening of October 24. For those outside of the NYC area, there is also a live webcast option.

 

This program offers 2.0 MCLE credits in Ethics, and the GP Section member rate is only $50.

 

We hope to see you there!


Legal Ethics in the Age of the Internet

October 24, 2017 | 6-8pm

Penn Club of New York (30 W. 44th Street) / Live Webcast Option available

 

This practical program will address two timely topics:

·         Protecting confidential and personally identifiable information in compliance with amended Rule 1.6(c), and

·         How to ethically utilize the internet in litigation and avoid social engineering scams.

 

Speakers:

·         Professor Roy D. Simon, a Legal Ethics Advisor to law firms

·         Brett Scher, Esq., a Partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP

 

Learn more and register here:

www.nysba.org/store/events/…


 

Best regards,

 

 

Stephanie A. Bugos  Section Liaison

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

 

direct/fax: 518.487.5524 |  main: 518.463.3200 | emailsbugos@nysba.org | www.nysba.org

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Law firm’s automatic deletion of spam emails is blamed for failure to file timely appeal–ABA Journal

A Florida law firm’s failure to appeal an order assessing attorney fees doesn’t constitute excusable neglect when its email system apparently perceived the order to be spam and erased it, a Florida appeals court has ruled.
The Aug. 10 decision by Florida’s First District Court of Appeal is being touted as a cautionary tale for lawyers, Law.com (sub. req.) reports.

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The Law Schools With The Highest Student Loan Default Rates | Above the Law

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According to the most recent data reported to U.S. News, recent graduates of public law schools have an average debt of $90,217, recent graduates of private law schools have an average debt of $130,349, and the average class of 2016 graduate has an average debt of $112,389.
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As reported by the ABA Journal, these are the law schools with the highest student loan default rates for Fiscal Year 2014…

Resources | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Part of the Banned Books Week Coalition, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), founded in 1986 by underground comic artist Denis Kitchen, is “a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics medium and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.” Under the Resources tab, the CBLDF offers a wealth of information relating to comics and graphic novels, which remains one of the most frequently challenged book genres. These resources include a detailed History of Comics Censorship, a series of six essays that traces this history back to the 1930s. This series includes a discussion of Dr. Frederic Wertham’s famous anti-comic book Seduction of the Innocent: the Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth, which led to Wertham’s involvement in a 1954 Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. Another highlight of the resource collection is the Library and Educator Tools, which includes discussion guides, materials for book clubs, and resources for incorporating specific graphic novels into the classroom.
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Toronto Police Asking iPhone Users Not To Test iOS 11’s 911 Feature–Ubergizmo.com

By Tyler Lee 

With iOS 11, Apple has introduced a bunch of new features to the iPhone and iPad devices. One of those features is to allow users to make a quick call to emergency services where if you press the lock button five times in a row, you will be greeted by a screen that lets you power the device off or to call emergency services.
 

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