LIVE FROM LEGALWEEK NYC!! Russian bots, blockchain …and those data privacy blues


Russian bots, blockchain …and those data privacy blues



Eric De Grasse
Chief Technology Officer



30 January 2017 (New York, New York) – This place is wall-to-wall lawyers so obviously one would think the debacle that is Trump and the “rule of law” would be discussed. Especially given last night’s State of the Union speech. But no, most lawyers here are to sell and talk tech so it is a bit of a bubble, as Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a Wonderful World” warbles in the background.

But Legalweek (I still want to call it Legaltech) is more interesting not for the sessions (almost all bland, with no depth) or the vendors in the exhibit hall (fewer this year, and the crowd pretty sparse) but for some of the attendees you meet.


INTERESTING NOTE: non-exhibiting vendors had to pay $2,500 for a Legaltech pass this year. But many vendors … cutting expenses … opted for the $1,200 personal badge and are not here “officially” as a vendor but as “John Smith, Cyber” or “Jane Smith,

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LIVE FROM THE WEB SUMMIT IN LISBON, PORTUGAL: “an exponential, remorseless increase in the scale and significance of cyber criminal capability”


Gregory P. Bufithis
InfoTech Europe


9  November 2017 (Lisbon, Portugal) – The “remorseless” growth of cyber crime is leading to 4,000 ransom attacks a day and gangs’ technological capability now threatens critical parts of the financial sector, the head of Europol said this past week. Online criminals have become so sophisticated that gangs have created “conglomerations” with company structures that specialize in different criminal activities to carry out the attacks, Rob Wainwright, who leads the EU law enforcement agency, said:

“What really concerns me is the sophistication of the capability, which is becoming good enough to really threaten parts of our critical infrastructure, certainly in the financial, banking sector.

And while not all those 4,000 ransom attacks – which demand money to restore access to files that have been frozen or encrypted – are on banks, the financial services sector is seen as the key target because of the potential profits for the criminals. Even bank payment systems and ATM cash machines fall prey”.

Wainwright was speaking at the Web Summit technology conference here in Lisbon.


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How far should an American warrant go? U.S. Supreme Court will hear the Microsoft Ireland personal emails dispute



Gregory P Bufithis
InfoTech Europe
(with contributions from Tom Debendetto 

who has been tracking the case since it began in 2012)


16 October 2017 – The infamous MICROSOFT IRELAND data protection case is going to the U.S. Supreme Court: the clash between the demands of law enforcement and the companies’ desire to shield the information they collect to protect their customers’ privacy goes to the top table. And Federal prosecutors await the result: can they force technology companies to turn over data stored outside the United States?

A summary of the case

Just to be brief (five points from my longer brief on this subject):

  1. The case (United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2 on the Supreme Court calendar) arose from a federal drug investigation. Prosecutors sought the emails of a suspect that were stored in a Microsoft data center in Dublin. They said they were entitled to the emails because Microsoft is based in the United States.
  2. A federal magistrate judge in New York in 2013 granted the government’s request to issue a warrant for the
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