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Fighting Back on Cyberattacks

American Bar Association Practice Points

Cyberattacks have become an unfortunate fact of life for many companies and individuals in the digital age. In this article, Brian Hill* and Cody Marden note that while the perpetrators of such attacks are frequently anonymous and undiscoverable, several plaintiffs have recently advanced civil claims against their alleged attackers seeking monetary compensation for injuries inflicted by cyberattacks. The authors review some of the causes of action advanced in those cases. Hill and Marden conclude that in instances where perpetrators can be identified, victims should also consider civil remedies as an additional avenue to redress cyberattacks.   

*Former Miller & Chevalier attorney