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BlackBerry Priv: The Triumphant Return?

If you're one of the die-hard BlackBerry devotees, you no doubt already have a BlackBerry Priv within arm's reach right now. After all, the phone's been on the market since early November.

With just a few weeks' time since its launch, the Priv has done well. But does that mean that professionals will make the switch back from iOS back to their BB devices?

It's not just computers that are vulnerable to hacking. According to McAfee Labs' 2016 Threats Prediction report, our dystopian near-future will see rapid increases in hacked wearables, p0wned critical infrastructure, and, yes, cyber attacks on your cars.

Get ready to add car hacking to your list of cybersecurity issues to know.

US Charges Hackers Who Targeted JP Morgan

Federal Prosecutors finally unsealed an indictment of criminal charges against three men who orchestrated what has been described as the "largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history." The formal indictment does not name the financial institutions directly, but a Reuters report confirms that JP Morgan Chase and ETrade were amongst the targeted companies.

The indictment alleges that three men -- two Israelis and one American -- co-conspired over the course of years to electronically hack, con, and illegally traffic goods profiting in hundreds of millions. In the words of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, "The charged crimes showcase a brave new world of hacking and profit ... This was hacking as a business model." The range and extent of their crimes is too massive to list here.

5 Tips for Hiring a Legal Tech Consultant

Don't fight the technology: master it. Or get someone who is a master to the job for you.

Small firms are depending on technology more and more to help them keep their business running smoothly. We've previously written about considering a social media dashboard to help you manage the social media accounts associated with your firm, so we're squarely in the camp that technology is your friend.

But you're lawyers Many of you might not have the necessary skills to handle a major tech crisis. And even if you did, we hope you're so busy with clients that you can hire a technology consultant instead. Here are a few suggestions for hiring the right consultant for your legal tech needs.

E-Discovery Is Not Getting Easier Anytime Soon

Mercifully, the days of discovery that involved physically transporting bulky folder boxes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, lawyers are opting to keep electronic forms of discoverable evidence on their electronic devices. E-discovery has even been one of the main factors that cause "paperless office" predictors to hold the views they do.

But a new monster has taken its place: the problem of dealing with hoards of mountainous electronic data. Ironically, the shift away from mountainous physical discovery into bite-sized electronic chunks has only encouraged data expansion to include files that even are only remotely related to the case.

A recent article in The Atlantic asks the question, "do lawyers need offices anymore?" No. No they do not. The article features several firms that have made a successful go of it as virtual practice, forgoing the wood paneling and real-estate fees for practices operated largely over the Internet.

We at FindLaw, of course, have long been proponents of the virtual office. You don't need to be a tech genius or a cutting-edge innovator to give up on commercial leases. Pretty much any attorney can operate a virtual practice these days. Here are 11 ways to get started, today.

Sooner rather than later, your fridge could be connected to your Facebook account. Your toilet could send out tweets. It's the Internet of Things -- the universe of web-connected devices from Fitbits to smart appliances -- and it's becoming more of a reality every day. The IoT, of course, raises a gig or two of legal questions: questions regarding privacy, cybersecurity, transparency, and liability.

But the Internet of Things also provides a wealth of evidence. All that data on your sleep patterns, your thermostat use, and gym schedule can and will be held against you (or your clients) in a court of law. In other words, your smart device is a narc.

Let's call this new hack Christine. In 1983, Steven King released a novel of the same name, describing a vintage Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural, murderous powers. The movie followed soon after. Three decades later and a vulnerability in General Motors' OnStar system allowed very non-supernatural hackers to take over cars from afar, locating the vehicle, unlocking it, and starting its ignition.

Thankfully, OnStar was not connected to a vehicle's steering, brakes, or transmission, meaning hackers couldn't use the security gap to rundown teenagers a la Christine. But the vulnerability, since fixed, certainly highlights the risks of week security in high-tech automobiles.

If you're tired of teleconferences cutting out or sick of the dull light of your office projector, you might want to consider Microsoft's Surface Hub. Sure, it's about the same price as a reasonable, midsized car or a house in Detroit, but it promises to make your office meetings a bit more tolerable.

The Surface Hub, essentially an enormous touchscreen computer, allows you to present, video conference, and strategize like you're having a brainstorming session in the future. The high end tech gadget is bound to end up in a few law offices around the country. Should it be in yours?

Preparing for Another Computer Search Case at SCOTUS

The private search doctrine's applicability to computers will probably make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, thanks to a recent Sixth Circuit decision in United States v. Lichtenberger.

After Aaron Lichtenberger was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, his girlfriend hacked into his computer, found images of child pornography, and notified the authorities. Police obtained a warrant to search the computer, finding more pornography, but a federal district court -- and eventually the Sixth Circuit -- agreed that the evidence should be suppressed.