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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued its second Security Directive to the pipeline industry on July 20, 2021, following the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident. The first Directive on May 27, 2021, required pipeline owners and operators to notify CISA of cyber incidents, designate a cyber coordinator for the company, and review their cybersecurity program.

On July 19, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a Private Industry Notification to service providers and “entities associated with the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics that cyber actors who wish to disrupt the event could use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, social engineering, phishing campaigns, or insider threats to block or disrupt

Ransomware attacks are frequent and escalating as we speak. Double extortion scams are hitting companies at a dizzying pace, and catching companies, large and small, off-guard. U.S. President Joseph Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to knock it off during their first summit [view related post]. Nonetheless, and not surprisingly, the attacks continue, particularly

Mint Mobile notified a “small number” of customers last weekend that their personal information was compromised between June 8 and June 10, when a threat actor ported the phone numbers of those customers to another carrier without authorization.

According to the breach notification sent to those customers, “While we immediately took steps to reverse the

Following the release of a U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (US-CERT)  Coordination Center VulNote “for a critical remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Print spooler services” on June 30, 2021, Microsoft issued new guidance for the vulnerability (CVE-2021-34527) on July 1, updated guidance on July 2, 2021, and an emergency patch on July

The most recent in a long list of IT security firms that have been hit with ransomware in the past year, Miami-based Kaseya Ltd disclosed late last week that it was hit with a ransomware attack that may affect hundreds, even thousands, of U.S.-based companies.

Kaseya has publicly stated that it is investigating the attack

I love seeing another win for law enforcement in the cyber context.

Servers and web domains owned by DoubleVPN, a virtual private network, were seized recently following a collaborative law enforcement effort involving the Dutch National Police, the FBI, Europol, and the U.K.’s National Crime Agency.

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