Appleby Fires Back After Paradise Paper Hack
by Mike Godfrey, Lowtax.net, Washington
26 December, 2017
Appleby Global, the leading offshore law firm, says it is taking legal action in connection with reports following the theft of confidential information, dubbed the "Paradise Papers," including to obtain the files for itself to better support its clients.
In a statement on its website, Appleby said: "Our overwhelming responsibility is to our clients and our own colleagues who have had their private and confidential information taken in what was a criminal act. We need to know firstly which of their - and our - documents were taken. We would want to explain in detail to our clients and our colleagues the extent to which their confidentiality has been attacked. Despite repeated requests the journalists have failed to provide to us copies of the stolen documents they claim to have seen. For this reason, Appleby is obliged to take legal action in order to ascertain what information has been stolen."
Appleby has previously spoken out against the illegal hacking of its clients' files. In a statement on November 5, the firm said: "...our firm was not the subject of a leak but of a serious criminal act. This was an illegal computer hack. Our systems were accessed by an intruder who deployed the tactics of a professional hacker and covered his/her tracks to the extent that a forensic investigation by a leading international Cyber and Threats team concluded that there was no definitive evidence that any data had left our systems. This was not the work of anybody who works at Appleby."
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