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Late Wednesday afternoon I received an email from a lawyer at the firm of Barley Snyder who I have never met or spoken to before. The subject line was “Secure Encrypted Message.” I’m not sure how much any of you know about reporters, but we like secure encrypted messages. It’s sort of the sexier version of “please find the enclosed 42-page legal analytics survey.” So I clicked.

No more than 33 minutes later I received a blanket message from an IT help desk technician at Barley Snyder alerting both myself and presumably several others that my new lawyer friend’s email account had been “compromised.” As those of you playing along at home have probably guessed by now, there was no “secure encrypted message.”

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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