January 2019, Vol. 246, No. 1


Addressing Legal Risk Through SAFETY Act

Legal Perspectives By Eric Hutchins, Principal, H2 Legal, P.C., and Ted Murphy, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth  On the morning of Aug. 15, 2012, most Saudi Aramco employees were home celebrating Ramadan. Suddenly, the few remaining at work noticed problems with their computers. Screens flickered, and files were lost. Not long after, a group called the Cutting Sword of Justice announced it had launched a major cyber-attack, later dubbed “Shamoon,” warning that, “destruction operations …  will be completed within a few hours.”     By the time it was over, Saudi Aramco had suffered the worst cyber-attack to date, destroying over 35,000 computers – requiring the company to rebuild its entire c

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