Laptops, cell phones and mobile apps for devices such as iPhones and Androids keep us constantly connected to friends, family and colleagues. Unfortunately, they also may be connecting lawyers to predatory hackers, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Law firms are a prime target for hackers seeking to access valuable confidential information, such as documents related to upcoming mergers and acquisitions or litigation. Over the past few years, several Canadian and U.S. law firms have been targeted by hackers linked to Chinese computers, according to the article. In 2010, lawyers at Gipson Hoffman & Pancione received emails—ostensibly from members of the firm—that were designed to steal data from their computers. At the time, the firm was representing a software company in a $2.2 billion lawsuit against the Chinese government and computer manufacturers.