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Cybercrime at Law Firms Triggers Ethical Duties to Report Hacking

Sharon Edmondson, Washington Legislative Team Member | May 13, 2015

Law firms of all sizes are falling prey to hackers and Internet scams as shown in an ethics opinion released by the New York City Bar Association clarifying that lawyers must report hacking or other breaches of their computer systems. The opinion makes clear lawyers do not violate ethical obligations by reporting cyberfraud to enforcement authorities. The opinion also emphasized that law firms must tell their clients if their interests might be at risk. Scams range from small scale fraud to individuals impersonating corporate clients seeking representation. The Bar Association also found that not all malpractice insurers are willing to cover losses from these frauds.


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