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The names Heartbleed, Snowden, Target and Neiman Marcus have recently grabbed headlines, but if you are in the legal industry, it is Mayer Brown that should have grabbed your attention. In February, a top-secret document revealed by Edward J. Snowden showed that Mayer Brown’s communications with its client the Indonesian government had been intercepted by an Australian intelligence agency and given to the U.S. National Security Agency. The circumstances indicate that Mayer Brown was not inadvertently hacked; it was targeted — even though it was well-known that “information covered by attorney-client privilege may be included.” Why? Because the Indonesian government was in trade negotiations and the information was “highly useful intelligence for interested US customers.”

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