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Google's Paris Office Raided as Part of Tax Evasion Investigation

According to Reuters, French police arrived at Google Paris offices Tuesday and raided the location as part of an ongoing investigation into whether or not the Internet company is dodging taxes. The probe, opened last June, is part of an anti-corporation sentiment that started when the public became increasingly aware of multi-nationals taking advantage of tax avoidance schemes across the globe.

Google has maintained that it is compliant with French law.

Back in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked and 6.5 million passwords were reportedly leaked. Now it looks like a few more accounts were also compromised -- almost 167 million. And the consequences of that hack are still playing out four years later.

Last week, LinkedIn announced that more than 100 million passwords and matching emails may have been leaked online. If you have a LinkedIn account, here's what you should know, and how you can protect yourself.

Fight Back! Steps to Take Against Cybersquatters

It's a war out there in cyberspace. Everyone is vying for a piece of the pie -- customer eyeballs and dollars. But what are some steps that the honest solo attorney can utilize to fight against that most annoying of opportunists, the cybersquatter?

But you don't have to give up when a cybersquatter takes over one of your desired domains. Fight back, with these quick tips that will help you shore up your good name against the attacks of online domain-name trolls.

Thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, online services like Facebook, Reddit, and Youtube aren't liable for the copyright violations of their users. Those companies are protected by the DMCA's safe harbor provisions, but under the terms of the DMCA, those limitations on liability shall apply only when a service provider as adopted and implemented a policy for terminating "repeat infringers."

But who counts as a repeat infringer? No one knows, exactly. Courts have offered little guidance and service providers have taken various stances. And though the DMCA is nearly 18 years old now, the debate over repeat infringers rages on, as evidenced at a roundtable hosted by the U.S. Copyright Office yesterday.

Humanity (and humanity's spambots) send out over 196 billion emails ever day. Your share is probably a few dozen -- maybe 100 or so if you're unlucky. Email has fast become one of the primary ways we communicate, whether it's about mundane lunch plans or sensitive legal topics.

But for all its ubiquity, email sometimes falls short on security, so short that some professional organizations tell their members to stick to the post when dealing with sensitive or confidential information. Here's what lawyers need to know about email security, from the FindLaw archives.

Britain's Conveyancing Association, a professional body whose members handle one in five property transactions in England and Wales, has a simple message for lawyers (alright, solicitors), conveyancers, and clients: if you want to stop fraud, stop using email.

The message comes after reports of hundreds of thousands of pounds stolen by criminals who hacked emails between legal professionals and property buyers and sellers. So, the Conveyancing Association argues, to be safe with sensitive information, send it snail mail.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court announced changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which govern criminal prosecutions in federal courts. Those amendments would make it easier to serve summons on foreign organizations without a U.S. presence, reduce the time for responding to electronic service, and allow judges to issue warrants for remote searches of electronically stored information outside of their district.

And it's that last change which will likely have the biggest impact, removing a procedural barrier to government investigations and, critics claim, expanding the government's hacking powers.

Thanks to social media, we live in a world of almost constant oversharing: teenagers share their insecurities on Facebook, adults Instagram their every meal, the Kardashians -- well, never mind, the Kardashians are an extreme case.

And this is great news for lawyers, who have increasingly turned to social media for evidence in litigation and are now using it to collect judgments or seize assets.

FBI Refuses to Tell Apple About the iPhone's Security Flaw

The FBI couldn't really tell Apple how they cracked their phone, even if they wanted to. According to Reuters, the method that was used to crack the infamous Syed Farook iPhone is proprietary and owned by a group of professional hackers outside of the U.S., and certain rules may preclude the government agency from letting Apple in on the secret.

Apple has a strong interest in knowing exactly how the foreign hackers achieved their goal. Before Apple can patch up the security flaw to avoid future hacks of this kind, the company will need to know how the hack was accomplished.

The recent Panama Papers leak, caused by a data breach in the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, underscores what we've long known: the legal industry needs to make cybersecurity a priority. (There are some lessons about abetting corruption to be learned from the Panama Papers as well, but that's for another blog.) And it's not just Mossack Fonseca that's struggled with cybersecurity; just recently, Cravath confirmed it had been hacked, while the FBI warned firms in Chicago that they were being targeted.

But not all data breaches are made the same. Here are the five most common types of law firm data breaches, and their causes.