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Law Society Says Law Firms at Risk of Computer Malware

June 5, 2014



LONDON, June 5 -- The Law Society issued the following news release:

The Law Society is urging solicitors to take action against malicious software that encrypts data on computers.

Solicitors are among the professional groups warned by the government to protect their computers against the powerful virus which encrypts personal and financial data and holds it hostage.

An operation led by the FBI has managed to take control of the servers behind the malicious software. The National Crime Agency has now given computer users a two-week window to deal with malware, known as GameOver Zeus. An estimated 15,000 computers in the UK may be infected.

Law firms can find advice on the immediate action they should take to deal with the GOZeuS malware by visiting the government's GetSafeOnline website. Because this website is currently overloaded due to heavy demand solicitors may wish to visit the government's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) website (http://www.getsafeonline.org/).

Timothy Hill, technology policy adviser at the Law Society said

'In the longer term this is an opportunity for law firms to review their cyber resilience. The Law Society can sponsor law firms to join other solicitors as part of CERT-UK's Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) and law firms may also wish to consider signing up to be accredited to the government's forthcoming Cyber Essentials Scheme.'

The Law Society provides a wide range of advice on cyber security. For more information, including joining CiSP, please visit the cyber security hub (http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/advice/cyber-security/).

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