Ransomware-hit law firm gets court order asking crooks not to publish the data they stole

Gareth Corfield reports on what sounds like a legal Hail Mary play:

A barristers’ chambers hit by a ransomware attack has responded by getting a court order demanding the criminals do not share stolen data.

4 New Square chambers, which counts IT dispute experts among its ranks, obtained a privacy injunction from the High Court at the end of June against “person or persons unknown” who were “blackmailing” the firm.

Those persons were said to be “responsible for engaging in a cyber-attack on [the barristers] on or about 12 June 2021 and/or who is threatening to release the information thereby obtained.”

Trade mag The Lawyer reported the ransomware attack but the obtaining of an injunction against people outside the jurisdiction of the English courts seems strange.

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