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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.

When it comes to stealing valuable information, lawyers are easy targets. We handle sensitive personal and financial information, we hang on to immense amounts of data, and we're not always the most technologically sophisticated. So it's no surprise that hackers are going after law firms more than ever before.

Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself from hackers. To help you avoid a potentially devastating cyberattack, here are FindLaw's top eight posts to help you ensure your cybersecurity.

Russian Hacker Targets Top Am Law 100 Law Firms

No one is safe from hackers today, at least not in BigLaw. Crain's Chicago Business reports that 48 top Chicago law firms -- many of which are part of the Am Law 100 rankings -- were targeted by a mysterious Russian cybercriminal who operates out of Ukraine. His goal? Top law firms' mergers and acquisitions info. With that sort of inside information, a cybercriminal could do very well for himself.

Another new week, another spate of cyber-criminal activity for firms to prepare against.

It's the biggest legal data breach ever. With over 11 million previously confidential files released to the public, the so-called "Panama Papers" have led to accusations of corruption, cronyism, and tax evasion, implicating everyone from Vladimir Putin and Jackie Chan, to the (now former) Prime Minister of Iceland.

At the center of the scandal is one law firm, Mossack Fonseca, whose "limited" data breach exposed how the rich and powerful hide their cash. Here's what you should know about the firm.

Ransomware Now Attacking Mobile Devices

If you've never heard of ransomware, you're really behind the times. Beginning with 2015 and into 2016, the number of malware attacks on all devices -- desktops, laptops and phones -- skyrocketed to its highest percentage of cyber-shenanigans ever. And it looks like this highly profitable criminal business model is here to stay.

At the risk of sounding like a doomsayer, this writer cautions legal professionals to watch themselves and to drop the "it only happens to somebody else" mentality.

FBI Cracks Farook's iPhone Without Apple's Help

Heated debate has raged as to whether or not Apple should, or even could, assist the U.S. government in its quest to pry open his cell phone. After long resisting a court order, it looks like both Apple and the FBI won in the announcement that the FBI had broken into Syed Farook's phone. But if you really think about, the FBI won more.

It's like rain on your wedding day. It's a free ride when you've already paid. It's the "certified ethical hacker" program that spread dangerous encryption malware to users, despite warnings from outside sources.

Who would've thought. It figures.

FBI Delays Apple Hearing to Try a New iPhone Hack

For the last few weeks, conflict between the iPhone maker and the FBI has been so heated that even people who know nothing about encryption (that's most of us) have developed very spirited and views on the matter.

In a somewhat odd twist, it looks like the FBI just took a breather and said, "Fine, we don't need you," to Apple. It appears that an "outside party" just alerted the government to an alternative means to cracking Syed Farook's phone. This is all very disconcerting, particularly as there was a hearing for the debate to continue on scheduled for today.