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A Law Firm Held Captive

Though it’s always exciting and fulfilling to get a phone call from a prospective client, the shaky voice on the other end of the line gave me pause. I listened and took notes as the managing partner of a small law firm explained to me that all the files on their server had suddenly changed and were no longer accessible. The business was dead in the water. I immediately suspected that their server was hit with some kind of Ransomware virus. Further questioning, unfortunately, confirmed the suspicion. I asked about their backup strategy and the answer I got was typical:
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Buying Apples with a Spoofed Email Address

I just got off the phone with a client who was almost a victim of one of the more popular IT-based scams going around. Here’s how it went down… An attorney at a law firm was sent an e-mail from the managing partner asking her to go to the Apple Store and buy $800 worth of Gift Cards, scratch off the codes and reply to the email with a picture of the codes. The attorney went to the Apple Store and bought the cards but fortunately, she did not hit “Reply.” The email address of the managing partner was a
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