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The cybercrime industry gathers strength daily

There are lessons to be learnt for law firms following the sorry tales of the MumsNet and Ashley Madison hacks, explains Andrew Taylor

15 September 2015

To improve security and prevent another hack, MumsNet upgraded its site security and forced all of its 7.7 million members to reset their passwords, using more complex passwords than they had in the past. For Ashley Madison's 33 million members, the impact of the hack was catastrophic, as members had hard questions to answer from spouses and families, and from employers where they had used work emails to register their account. An additional issue came as it appeared that some of those listed in the membership list had never used the site and so wanted to know how their details got there.

Both are very different sites, serving different purposes, but both have suffered security and reputational damage, with hard work ahead to win back the confidence of their users in the future. Cybercrime makes little distinction between large and small businesses, or the type of industry or sector it targets. The legal sector is no different. 

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