Suddenly, Last Summer. This was a script very different from the famous movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. But it was last summer that Cravath Swaine and Weil Gotshal, two members of the AMLAW 200, were breached according to a report from the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). Other firms, not named, were reportedly breached as well.
The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office and the FBI are probing the breaches. It isn't clear what information may have been compromised. The information in the article came from "people familiar with the matter." Because the story came from the Wall Street Journal, I am sure they verified the information reported.
Cravath said that there was a "limited breach" and that the firm is "not aware that any of the information that may have been accessed has been used improperly." The firm is working with law enforcement and outside consultants to assess its security. A spokeswoman for Weil Gotshal declined to comment.
The hackers are threatening more attacks on law firms. The story rocked the legal world (where breaches are usually off the record, on the QT and very hush-hush). More to follow. Dave, John and I will be watching.
Hat tip to Dave Ries who caught this one first.
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