The criminals are using "spear phishing"
tactics -- spam e-mails designed to get through spam blockers --
which are believed to be secure e-mails.
"Law firms have
a tremendous concentration of really
critical, private information," FBI cyber division chief
Bradford Bleier told the AP. Accessing the computer
network proves to be "a really optimal way to obtain economic,
personal security related information."
Since law firms
have sensitive information about clients and other people the firm
interacts with, there normally is a large client list available to
criminals. Specifically, firms negotiating large-profile cases
in the United States and overseas are targeted by hackers that are
based in foreign nations.
Cyber crime has become an
increasingly troublesome problem the U.S. government and private
sector companies are trying to deal with. A large number of
cyber attacks have originated from China and Eastern Europe, but
western leaders are hesitant to blame other countries.
Korea and the United
States are blaming North Korea for a recent string of attacks
against several nations.
Although some online criminal groups
may be spearheaded by the Chinese government, without much proof, the
U.S. government hasn't been as upfront about the issue as some
analysts would like. As Congress continues to demand President
Barack Obama to pick a cybersecurity coordinator, cyber attacks are
now being blamed for a Brazilian power outage and the Swiss
Ministry also suffered a cyber attack.