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Important Steps to Prepare for the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Your business may have been victim to the latest ransomware attack, or it may be caught in the next wave. 

On May 12, 2017, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack compromised over 70,000 organizations in nearly 100 countries. The attack encrypted people’s computer files – making them inaccessible – and demanded a ransom of about $300 worth of Bitcoin to release them. The malicious software exploited a known vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft had patched two months ago. Microsoft has also issued emergency patches for unsupported, outdated versions of Windows. If your organization runs Windows, it is important to make sure that all appropriate patches have been installed. Another important step is to create backups of your computer files that can be used in the event that your system becomes encrypted by ransomware. Finally, if you do not have one already, this would be a good time to develop a cybersecurity incident response plan.

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Theodore Claypoole, Intellectual Property Attorney, Womble Carlyle, private sector lawyer, data breach legal counsel, software development law
Senior Partner

As a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ted leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as data breach incident response teams in the public and private sectors. Ted addressed information security risk management, and cross-border data transfer issue, including those involving the European Union and the Data Protection Safe Harbor. He also negotiates and prepares business process outsourcing, distribution, branding, software development, hosted application and electronic commerce agreements for all types of companies.

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Allen O'Rourke, Womble Carlyle, Cybercrime Prosecution Lawyer, Breach Investigations Attorney

Drawing upon years of experience prosecuting cybercrime, Allen comes to the aid of clients affected by data breaches and cyber-attacks. He works with clients’ legal and information security teams to investigate cybersecurity incidents, coordinate the remediation of any breach, interface with law enforcement as appropriate, and ensure compliance with applicable data breach laws and regulations. In addition to incident response, Allen defends clients facing government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, consumer class actions, and other litigation arising from data breaches.  He also provides counsel to clients regarding cybersecurity preparedness, active network defense, and any related legal issues, including guidance about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).

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Claire Rauscher, Attorney, White Collar Crime

Claire Rauscher brings more than 25 years of courtroom experience to Womble Carlyle’s White Collar Criminal Defense team. Claire focuses her practice on complex white collar litigation, and has represented clients in all phases of state and federal proceedings, including pre-indictment investigations, grand jury practice and criminal trials. 

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