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Cybersecurity and Data Breaches

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February 16, 2021

Nigerian national Obinwanne Okeke was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges arising from his role in a computer-based fraud scheme that caused an estimated $11 million in losses.  Okeke’s fraud included unauthorized access via email compromise to the computer systems of a division Caterpillar, from which defendant directed fraudulent wire transfers supported by fake invoices.  USAO ED VA

January 27, 2021

One of the largest marketing companies in the world, Epsilon Data Management LLC, has agreed to pay $150 million to settle claims that its Direct to Consumer (DTC) Unit knowingly sold the data of more than 30 million consumers—which the company had identified as most likely to respond to marketing solicitations—to clients it knew were engaged in fraud schemes against the elderly and other vulnerable individuals.  In addition to the monetary settlement, $127.5 million of which will be set aside for victim restitution, Epsilon has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the government, agreed to implement significant compliance measures to safeguard consumer data, and agreed to maintain a procedure for consumers to request that their data not be sold.  USAO CO

January 7, 2021

Andrei Tyurin, who previously pleaded guilty to an extensive computer hacking campaign that targeted financial institutions, brokerage firms, and financial publishers, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.  Tyurin’s hacking, which included the theft of data for 80 million customers of J.P. Morgan Chase, was done in part in to advance securities fraud schemes with co-conspirators.  USAO SDNY

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Sophie Zhang

Posted  01/4/21
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Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform, regularly has been criticized for its inaction when it comes to tackling foreign interference and disinformation campaigns. This year, Facebook came under fire yet again when employee Sophie Zhang recounted in a departing memo shared companywide, which later was leaked to the press, that Facebook ignored widespread global political manipulation on its platform and...

October 8, 2020

CHS/Community Health Systems Inc. will pay $5 million to resolve the claims of 28 states related to a data breach that affected over six million patients, exposing their names, birthdates, social security numbers, and other information.  CHS also agreed to take undertake specific measures to help keep patients’ information secure.  NC

Top Ten Whistleblower Developments of 2019

Posted  02/6/20
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By any measure, 2019 was a Very Big Year for whistleblowers.  Our annual Top Ten lists identified 2019’s most significant financial recoveries by whistleblowers, as well as recoveries in enforcement actions at the federal and state level involving government procurement, healthcare, financial, tax, and other types of fraud.  But the numbers, as impressive as they are, can’t tell the full story of the impact that...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Team’s Top-Ten “Staff Picks” of 2019

Posted  01/27/20
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From cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and “big data” to private-equity backed healthcare, private detention facilities, and the essential whistleblower experience – your prolific and relentless CC WB bloggers have chosen some of their favorite 2019 posts (and one from 2018) – don’t miss these insider-favorite gems!
    1. Your worst nightmare – private data exposed to the unscrupulous – could be curbed...

Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2019

Posted  01/10/20
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This year, federal and state governments recovered hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to whistleblowers who came forward to report fraud under the federal False Claims Act and state False Claims Acts.  Whistleblowers reported a wide-range of misconduct involving government contracts, including fraud by defense contractors, airlines, and even a major research university.  Defendants’ deception ran the gamut...

Catch Our Rising Star!

Posted  10/17/19
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Law360 has tapped Michael Ronickher, partner in the whistleblower practice at Constantine Cannon, for its 2019 Rising Star series.  Law360 selected Mike for his work representing whistleblowers in all manner of reward programs, including his role in the groundbreaking cybersecurity whistleblower case against Cisco. What motivates Mike?  His clients: “Our clients are a real reason that we all get out of bed in...

September 12, 2019

Futures commission merchant Phillip Capital Inc. will pay $1.5 million to settle CFTC charges that its email system was breached and customer information accessed, with cyber criminals withdrawing $1 million in PCI customer funds.  The CFTC found that PCI failed to disclose the breach to its customers in a timely manner, and failed to have adequate cybersecurity policies and employee supervision.  CFTC
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