Law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Victim of Major Cyber Attack

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Law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has reported a significant cyber attack. In the attack, the sensitive data of more than 50,000 current and former employees of snack food conglomerate Mondelēz International was exposed. Mondelēz International, known for producing popular snack foods like Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, was inadvertently affected due to its association with BCLP.

The Cyber Security breach, discovered by BCLP in late February, included areas involving client files. The stolen data encompasses personal data, including; employee names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, home addresses and more. Upon discovery, the law firm launched a robust investigation, enlisting the help of an external cyber security forensics firm, notifying law enforcement and affected stakeholders. BCLP informed Mondelēz of the breach on March 24th, 2023, and Mondelēz confirmed on May 22nd, 2023 that it had ascertained the identities of those impacted and had begun notifying the affected individuals.

Mondelēz International Responds to Breach

Mondelēz International responded to the situation by stating, “We take the security of our employee data very seriously.” The company took immediate action once notified about the situation, and they are continuing to work with partners to provide impacted employees with appropriate assistance.

The Mondelēz notice clarified that the cyber attack did not directly involve or affect their company’s systems and that the impact on employees was solely due to the breach at BCLP. The Maine attorney general’s office confirmed that 51,110 people were affected by the breach.

The incident shows that even companies not directly targeted in a cyber attack can still be significantly impacted due to their associations with breached entities in their supply chain.

Widespread Cyber Attacks on Big Law Firms Highlight Urgent Need for Improved Security

This incident underscores the increasing frequency of cyber attacks on law firms, which has seen a worrying escalation in recent years. Such breaches often involve sensitive data of both the firms and their clients, highlighting the need for improved security protocols within the industry.

Similarly, earlier this year, Proskauer Rose confirmed a similar breach that exposed its clients’ sensitive financial information to hackers. In 2021, data from Goodwin Procter and Jones Day was exposed through a breach at tech provider Accellion, now known as Kiteworks. The firms confirmed the breach resulted in confidential client data exposure. Covington & Burling faced an attack in 2020 that possibly exposed nonpublic information involving about 300 corporate clients. And only recently the Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth announced that it has been the target of a Cyber Attack which resulted in the breach of government data.

These incidents highlight a clear pattern of persistent security threats facing law firms and the need for comprehensive cyber security measures to ensure the protection of sensitive client data.

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