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It’s customary for law firms to list their lawyers’ email addresses online to allow prospective clients to contact an attorney. But do these public listings also lead to a heightened risk of cyberattacks?

Some cybersecurity professionals have argued that the benefits of placing lawyers’ email addresses online can outweigh potential risks—if lawyers are equipped with the proper training.

“Once a threat actor has targets in mind, they will often send malicious emails to attorneys with lures related to new or existing client matters,” explained Charles Carmakal, vice president of cybersecurity platform FireEye. “The emails typically contain links to websites that attempt to collect credentials or malicious attachments that deploy backdoors on victim computers.”

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Victoria Hudgins

I am a reporter for Legaltech News where I cover national and international cyber regulations and legal tech innovations and developments.

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