Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another Law Firm Hacked – Gigabytes of Email Capture & Published

More news in keeping with this week’s theme of the importance of law firm information security management – Yesterday we focused on the FBI’s warning concerning the very real threat of law firm hacking.

Now comes another example: "The announcement states that Anonymous stole 2.6 gigabytes of e-mail belonging to Puckett Faraj, a law firm that represents Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who is accused of leading the group of Marines in Haditha." (As reported by Time and other news sources, this 2005 raid resulted in the deaths of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians.)

The Haditha incident was recently in the news as Wuterich was convicted of negligent dereliction of duty on January 24. The cases against six other defendants were dropped, and the seventh was found not guilty.

The emails are said to contain: "…detailed records, transcripts, testimony, trial evidence and legal defence donation records pertaining to not only Frank Wuterich but also many other marines they have represented."

Equally troubling for the law firm, the emails included personal lawyer correspondence relating to other matters. Finally, the hackers and supporters are reported to be publishing the email trove online in a searchable form.

The US Naval Instituted called out and commented on this incident as another reminder to treat sensitive electronic information carefully.

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