LexisNexis is breaking ground with a premium version of its research program, which will provide guidance on top of research and artificial intelligence capabilities. The introduction of "bold" and "dramatic" Lexis+ will not mean the phasing out of Lexis Advance, at least not soon, company executives say.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo is now offering advanced data analytics, continuing to erase the distinction between big law firms and alternative legal service providers. Mintz Levin's John Koss, managing director of the e-data consulting group, says having the expertise in-house enables "more efficient choices because we aren't bogged down with bringing in other players."
E-discovery provider Ipro Tech is branching out with the acquisition of NetGovern, a provider of software for compliance and information governance. No financial details were announced; NetGovern's CEO and founder, Pierre Chamberland, will join Ipro Tech as chief innovation officer.
COVID-19 has changed the plans of law firms moving into new office space, with flexibility the new mantra. Some trends popular in the past few years, since as cafe-style lunchrooms, seem doomed because of social distancing requirements, as do open floor plans, since many people now want private offices.
The servers of Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), the activist group behind the BlueLeaks data breach of records belonging to more than 200 US law enforcement entities, have been seized by German police. Emma Best of DDoSecrets defended the breach and subsequent release of data as "journalistic publishing."
The US will not tolerate cyberattacks by China and the theft of intellectual property that costs US companies billions, FBI Director Christopher Wray said this week, adding that such actions constitute "one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history." Wray's comments come as the US evaluates potential national security concerns related to Chinese social media app TikTok, as well as the targeting of US entities conducting coronavirus research.
Microsoft has unveiled significant new features for its Teams platform, including a Together Mode that digitally places participants in a shared background and a dynamic view that lets users share content side by side with other participants. Other new features include video filters, live reactions, chat bubbles, translation for transcripts and captions, and support for more participants.
A popular WordPress advertising plug-in, Adning Advertising, contains a bug that could allow remote code execution attacks and complete site takeovers, as well as a vulnerability that could allow file deletion. Users of the plug-in, which has more than 8,000 customers, are urged to update it to patch the problems.
A free decryptor app developed by SentinelOne is available to victims of the ThiefQuest ransomware. ThiefQuest, formerly known as EvilQuest, targets MacOS with what researchers describe as an unsophisticated collection of malicious code.
Kazakh national Andrey Turchin, aka "fxmsp," has been charged by the US with conspiracy to commit computer hacking and other crimes related to data breaches at up to 300 companies, including as many as 30 in the US. Turchin's location is unknown.