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While corporate data breaches and hacks are becoming regular occurrences, rarely, if ever, do companies make errors in the aftermath as bad as Equifax did in the wake of the recent hack of their database. The major credit reporting company actually sent individuals concerned that their info was stolen in the hack to a fake scam website.

Luckily for Equifax, and the public, the scam website was not really scamming anyone, and was not actually built by a hacker or scammer, but rather a rogue do-gooder and programmer who is fed up with poor corporate cybersecurity.

Protect User Information From Online Markets

In the sci-fi thriller 'Minority Report,' Tom Cruise sees tailor-made advertisements targeting him pop up wherever he goes. It's a paranoid's delusion come true.

Well, it's not science fiction anymore and it's not in your head. Advertisers are following you wherever your cell phone, smart device, laptop, or computer goes.

And it's going to get worse, so what do you do? Throw out your devices? Melt your face to hide your identity? Read this blog?

Fake Credit Cards Donate to MalwareTech's Legal Defense Fund

If the internet has a soul, it has served up bad karma to Marcus Hutchins.

Hutchins, a security researcher a.k.a. "MalwareTech," allegedly created the Kronos malware that steals banking credentials. He has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, but he is getting a crypto-type of payback.

Unknown sources have donated at least $150,000 to his legal defense fund -- from stolen credit cards or fake account information. Yep, payback is a bit.

Judge Tosses AT&T Challenge to Google

'You're outta there!' a judge declared, tossing out AT&T's lawsuit to stop other internet service providers in Louisville, Kentucky.

In a city famous for its "Louisville Slugger" baseball bat, Judge David Hale dismissed AT&T's lawsuit against a local government ordinance that gives other ISP's quicker access to utility poles. The "One Touch Make Ready" ordinance allows competitors to make adjustments to utility poles rather than wait for AT&T and others to move their wires.

"Louisville Metro has an important interest in managing its public rights-of-way to maximize efficiency and enhance public safety," Hale wrote in dismissing the case with prejudice. The ruling cleared the way for Google Fiber, AT&T's biggest competitor, to get back in the game.

500 Smart Locks Fail After IoT Update

You know how frustrating it is when you get locked out of your phone?

Now imagine getting locked out of your house -- by a so-called smart lock. Don't you just want to smash the thing?

Take a number because faulty software locked out hundreds of homeowners. It's another example of a possible plague for the Internet of Things. This hits close to home for the legal field, as many attorneys are beginning to use IoT devices in the course of their workday.

The Sixth Circuit case, Carpenter v. United States, which upheld law enforcement's ability to obtain historical cell phone location data without a warrant, is heading for the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether obtaining location data from service providers without obtaining a warrant first violates the Fourth Amendment.

Currently, courts have been finding that a warrant is not needed on the theory that location data, and other metadata, are not private, but rather functional. The analogy to postal mail is unconvincingly drawn, explaining that like the addresses, and stamp, on an envelope, a person's location data is something that helps the service provider provide their service, and thus is the functional equivalent to a return address and not private.

When Does a Tweet Matter in the Law?

If a president could make law by tweeting, President Trump would have made more laws than any president in history by now.

But a tweet is not a law. It is not an executive order. Trump couldn't even enforce his no-transgender-military tweet.

When it comes to White House jobs, however, the president clearly can tweet that you're fired. In any case, the Twitter president has raised a question about when does a tweet matter in the law.

Cybersecurity isn't some science fiction fantasy for the big screen and television. It should be an important focus for any business or professional that maintains confidential or sensitive digital information.

Attorneys are among those with the most to lose in a cybersecurity breach. After all, it's not just a client's information that could be on the line: an attorney's license can be in jeopardy for failing to sufficiently safeguard a client's files.

Below, you'll find four cybersecurity threats and issues of which attorneys need to be aware.

Man Faces Prison Time for Threatening Cyberattack on Legal Website

Kamyar Jahanrakhshan apparently didn't listen to Jim Croce.

Croce, a popular American folk singer from the 1960's, warned us not to mess around with the wrong people. "You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind."

And Kamyar, you don't threaten a case law company because you will never win.

Lawsuits Challenge Web Scraping

If you get a creepy, crawly feeling as your server slows down, it may be the robots scraping your website for information.

And if you get that nauseous, pit-of-your-stomach ache, maybe it's the legal bills you sense coming on. That's because it will take lawsuits or legislation to catch up with web scrapers, and the future is not certain.

Courts allow some companies to scrape websites, but not others. It depends in part on how judges apply old principles to new technology.