Chapter 9: Cybersecurity
Top Disputes & Investigations
Cybercrime is growing rapidly as a result of the global pandemic: cyber-criminals prey on individuals and companies who may be less guarded as they cope with this global pandemic.
FTI Cybersecurity has some of the industry’s most prominent experts on cybersecurity, digital forensics and remediation. The team has been engaged in several high-profile cases and disputes involving cybercrime and malware that affect all types of companies and organizations. In this section of our 2020 Insights: Top Disputes & Investigations, we highlight our work helping clients resolve disputes on major Cybersecurity projects.
BuzzFeed Wins Dossier Defamation Lawsuit
The “Steele Dossier,” also commonly known as the “Trump Dossier,” was a private intelligence report developed by Christopher Steele, a former head of the Russia desk for British Intelligence. The dossier was a collection of memos Steele prepared in 2016 that became part of political opposition research efforts during the 2016
U.S. presidential election. BuzzFeed was the first news organization to publish the dossier. However, the company was later sued by a Russian billionaire and technology executive, who was mentioned in the dossier, for alleged defamation. Facing litigation, BuzzFeed retained FTI Cybersecurity to assess whether the statements in the dossier were valid – that the Plaintiff’s infrastructure was used in the cyberattacks on Democratic Party leadership.
Anthony J. Ferrante served as an expert witness in the case. FTI Cybersecurity’s forensic analysis discovered that the Plaintiff’s businesses and its affiliated web hosting companies were used as gateways to the Internet for cyber criminals and Russian state-sponsored actors to launch and control large-scale malware campaigns over the past decade without fear of repercussion. For example, FTI Cybersecurity’s analysis determined that “Russian cyber espionage groups” used the Plaintiff’s platform to “support malicious spear phishing campaigns against the Democratic Party leadership.”