NEW YORK, May 14 (Reuters) - Manhattan's top federal
prosecutor said defense attorneys have a vital part to play in
the fight against cyber crime: to convince clients who have been
hacked to promptly notify law enforcement.
On Monday, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took a
version of his cyber crime stump speech to the New York City Bar
Association, tailoring his message about the threat of hacking
to white collar defense attorneys.
The "white collar bar can facilitate better than most" a
dialogue between law enforcement authorities and companies that
have been breached, but are reluctant to immediately tell law
"Delays in disclosure make it harder, much harder to catch
the bad guys," Bharara said. "That is what institutions
routinely do now, they wait and wait and such delay can be
Cyber security experts say that corporations rarely
acknowledge breaches, and often keep them secret from law
enforcement out of fear that news of a compromise will damage
their reputation, hurt stock prices and possibly lead to further
Attorneys should advise clients that prosecutors
investigating a breach will do their utmost to protect company
secrets, Bharara said. "That represents a unique opportunity for
members of the White collar bar to breach the divide."
"When necessary we will seek protective orders, orders
signed by a federal judge, that help to preserve trade secrets
and business confidentialy," Bharara said.
(Reporting By Basil Katz)
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