On November 8, 2021, law enforcement agencies in both the United States and European Union announced that a series of actions, including a number of arrests, were taken against the Russia-linked ransomware group, “REvil.”
Continue Reading Russia-Linked REvil Hackers and Their Affiliates Hit with Arrests by the U.S. and International Allies

On October 21, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued orders to Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Square and PayPal requesting detailed information about their business practices in relation to payment systems they operate.
Continue Reading CFPB Orders Six Tech Companies to Provide Information on Payment Systems Data Practices

On September 28, 2021, Senators Gary Peters and Rob Portman, respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require owners and operators of critical infrastructure to notify the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within 72 hours of having a reasonable belief that a covered cyber incident has occurred.
Continue Reading U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill on Reporting Critical Infrastructure Cyber Incidents and Ransomware Payments

On October 1, 2021, Connecticut’s two new data security laws went into effect. The new laws modify Connecticut’s existing breach notification requirements and establish a safe harbor for businesses that create and maintain a written cybersecurity program.
Continue Reading UPDATE: New Connecticut Breach Notification Requirements and Cybersecurity Safe Harbor Are Now in Effect

On September 14 and 15, 2021, the National Institute of Standards and Technology held a public workshop, as part of its effort to create a consumer labeling program to communicate the security capabilities of consumer Internet of Things devices and software development practices, as mandated by the Biden administration’s May 2021 Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.
Continue Reading NIST Holds a Two-Day Public Workshop on Cybersecurity Labeling Programs for Internet of Things Devices and Software

On September 1, 2021, the FTC banned the operator of a stalkerware app company and its CEO from offering, promoting, selling or advertising any surveillance app, service or business, alleging that the app allowed purchasers to illegally surveil other individuals by monitoring their device activity without their knowledge.
Continue Reading FTC Bans Stalkerware App Company from the Surveillance Business and Orders Company to Delete Any Illegally Collected Information