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The FBI appeared at the headquarters of Martin & Seibert L.C., a West Virginia law firm, and "aggressively seized property and detained personnel." The firm said that it was surprised by the magnitude of the action by the FBI but maintained that it would "rise above th[e] allegations" and return to client service.
The ordeal appears to have started months ago when allegedly defamatory remarks were made against the firm on social media.
The massive raid by the FBI of Martin & Seibert's offices is apparently linked to a number of threats and past complaints against the firm by some disgruntled former employees. According to the firm, several attempts to defame Martin & Seibert's character had previously failed, and it appeared that a larger attack had been coordinated.
Lessons to Learn
Martin & Seibert's ordeal with law enforcement authorities will hopefully be an unfamiliar type of inconvenience to most firms, but it highlights the need to stay on top of your firm's network vulnerabilities.