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School’s Failure to Preserve Snapchat Messages Can Result in Potential Spoliation Claim

Was School Counselor Deliberately Indifferent? BACKGROUND SCENARIO After weeks of receiving mean and threatening Snapchat messages from fellow students, a seventh-grader (we’ll call her Maggie) finally went to her school counselor for help. Maggie showed her counselor some of the messages on her iPhone and the counselor agreed to “look into it”. In addition, the counselor took photos of several of the bullying text messages from Maggie’s phone with her …Read More

Junior Forensic Investigator – Chicago

4Discovery is looking to add an individual to our digital forensic and incident response team in Chicago. Our ideal candidate for this position will have a basic understanding of digital forensic principles, incident response methodologies, and best practices. Knowledge of digital forensic lab practices, procedures, and evidence handling is a plus. Experience with industry digital forensic and investigative tools such as EnCase, X-Ways, FTK, Cellebrite, F-Response, and open source tools …Read More

Five Things NOT to do if Infected by Ransomware

Lazarus, Crysis/Dharma, and WannaCry. There were an estimated 638 million ransomware events in 2016, and these attacks are becoming more sophisticated frequent, and effective. Ransomware payments topped $1 billion last year. If ransomware can effectively shut down one of the world’s largest law firms for three days, is any organization safe? We are frequently retained to perform Incident Response digital forensics in ransomware matters, and unfortunately, we often discover that the victim …Read More

WannaCry? Your Law Firm Data Security is Only as Good as Your Weakest Vendor

Recent Ransomware Events Highlight Risks & Your Cyber Insurance Policy May Not Cover Losses The WannaCry incident has created a unique opportunity to examine the potential catastrophic impact of ransomware on businesses, and in particular, business interruption considerations. The following scenario is provided as a way to create discussion opportunities with your clients, IT team, attorneys, and risk managers. The Scenario You’re sitting in your office putting the final touches on a …Read More

4Discovery Sponsors Midwest Cyber Security Alliance Ransomware Program

As a show of support for one of the Midwest’s leading information security industry groups, 4Discovery LLC has announced their sponsorship of the May meeting of the Midwest Cyber Security Alliance. This month’s topic: “Are you Prepared for a Ransomware or Business Email Compromise Attack?”  The Midwest Cyber Security Alliance (MCSA), founded by Jennifer Rathburn, a Data Security & Privacy Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, exists to help industry practitioners …Read More

Cyberbullying Tragedy: A School District’s Obligations for Capturing Digital Evidence

A Case Study A young student has had enough. After months of relentless and cruel cyberbullying and internet harassment, the girl, in a moment of despondency and depression, ends her life. In the unthinkably sad aftermath, parents, teachers, and loved ones wonder what could have been done to prevent this senseless nightmare. Teachers and middle school administrators are accused, in a lawsuit filed by the dead girl’s parents, of missing …Read More

W-2 Fraud: Are Your Clients Prepared for a W-2 “Phishing” Attack?

Tax Season Creates a Spike in These Catastrophic Incidents The Background Your HR Director walks into your office: her face ashen, her voice trembling. Earlier that day, she received an email from the company CFO asking her to email all employee W-2 forms to him. In her typical efficient manner, she complied immediately. The email from the CFO, however, was a phony. It was a “spoof” email sent from a …Read More

Phishing Update: The Bad Guys Are Getting More Sophisticated – And Losses Are Way Up

More Bad News…Your Loss From Phishing Fraud May Not Be Covered By Insurance Phishing scams are not new, but losses from these social engineering ploys are increasing dramatically as the fraudsters become more convincing in their techniques.  Indeed, this was one of the primary themes of this year’s Net Diligence Cyber Insurance conference in Santa Monica, California. It’s Getting Ugly Out There… The FBI estimates phishing attacks have cost organizations …Read More

Business Development Consultant

We’re hiring a Business Development Consultant…  (Digital Forensics and eDiscovery) 4Discovery is an elite digital forensics consulting firm located in the West Loop of Chicago. We are an established small and growing company, with an excellent reputation – operating within a dynamic and rapidly growing industry. We’re looking to add a business development professional to our team to help us grow our business.  Here’s the right person… We are looking …Read More

Chicago-Based Digital Forensics Firm 4Discovery Sponsors 2016 CISO of the Year Program

As a show of support for one of the information security industry’s most important leadership initiatives, 4Discovery LLC has announced their sponsorship of the 2016 CISO of the Year Program. In its fourth year, the CISO of the Year Award has been established to publicly recognize top senior information security leaders who hold an increasingly important role in the corporate and social leadership environments for the companies they represent.  The …Read More