Data And Cyber Bulletin - September 2021

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Data And Cyber Bulletin - September 2021

Published 30 septiembre 2021

Welcome to the September edition of our Data and Cyber Bulletin.

This month, we highlight the key points to note from the recent DPC fine against WhatsApp, along with OFAC’s recently released ransomware advisory.

We discuss Banksy’s website vulnerability and the mysterious NFT, and consider the benefits of appealing an ICO fine, following the recent decision in favour of Doorstep Dispensaree Limited.

Following a spate of cyber-attacks in the legal sector, we provide commentary on law firm risks, and we also explain the ICO’s recently implemented Age Appropriate Design Code.

Our sector focus this month is on the increase in cyber-attacks on councils and social housing providers and we are delighted to share guest content from Kivu Consulting’s Winston Krone on ransom negotiation tactics.

Ransomware – When Should You Negotiate?

Guest contributor, Winston Krone, provides insightful guidance on ransom negotiation tactics and comments on the recent threats by Ragnar Locker.

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DPC Fines WhatsApp €225 Million for “Severe” Breaches of EU GDPR

We discuss the significance of the Data Protection Commission’s fine against WhatsApp for severe infringements of the EU GDPR.

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Quick read: Banksy’s Vulnerability and the Mysterious NFT

We discuss the alleged ethical hacking of Banksy’s website and the fraudulent NFT auction which followed.

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ICO fine cut by two-thirds – the appeal of appealing?

We consider the benefits of appealing an ICO fine, following the decision in Doorstep Dispensaree Limited, who successfully appealed the ICO’s Monetary Penalty Notice, obtaining a reduction of around 65%.

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Sector Focus: Councils and Social Housing

We look at the increase in cyber-attacks on councils and social housing providers and consider the particular nuances of such incidents given the nature of that industry.

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Law Firm Risks

Following a number of high-profile attacks on chambers, we look at the particular risks to law firms in the event of cyber incidents.

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OFAC Uses the Pen and the Sword in One Fell Swoop

We highlight the key points from the recently released and updated ransomware advisory from the Office for Financial Assets Control (“OFAC”).

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The ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code: is your organisation in scope?

We outline the key takeaways in relation to the recently implemented Age Appropriate Design Code, including that its scope is not restricted to services specifically aimed at children.

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We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.

DAC Beachcroft’s Cyber Team

Authors

Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6930

Hans Allnutt

Hans Allnutt

London - Walbrook

+44 (0) 20 7894 6925

Eleanor Ludlam

Eleanor Ludlam

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6098

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