A warning for law firms:
Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the case should serve as a “wake-up call for law firms around the world.”
“You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals,” Bharara said in a statement.
But here is the most important point to remember, from the DOJ statement, demonstrating that this entire “hack” was a result of compromised email credentials – not the James Bond kind of stuff people like to think about. There were two law firms “hacked” and both started with compromised employee email credentials:
“[B]eginning about July 2014, the Defendants, without authorization, caused one of Law Firm-1’s web servers (the “Law Firm-1 Web Server”) to be accessed by using the unlawfully obtained credentials of a Law Firm-1 employee. The Defendants then caused malware to be installed on the Law Firm-1 Web Server. The access to the Law Firm-1 Web Server allowed unauthorized access to at least one of Law Firm-1’s email servers (the “Law Firm-1 Email Server”), which contained the emails of Law Firm-1 employees, including Partner-1.””
“[T]he Defendants, without authorization, caused one of Law Firm-2’s web servers (the “Law Firm-2 Web Server”), located in New York, New York, to be accessed by using the unlawfully obtained credentials of a Law Firm-2 employee. The Defendants then caused malware to be installed on the Law Firm-2 Web Server.”