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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Privacy Perils: Dangers of Spear Phishing

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November 13, 2015

Chances are, we all have been targets of spear phishing, the latest twist on phishing scams. In a spear phishing scam, you receive an email that appears to be from a friend, colleague, a business that you're familiar with, or even a client. Except it isn't. It's actually from hackers who are looking for a way in to your computer, mobile device, home network, or the firm's network. The email may lead you to click on a link or an attachment contained in the email message, where you will be asked to provide a username and password or other personal information, or the hacker will have malware silently installed on your computer or device. Through such tactics, hackers can often gain extensive access to your home or the firm's network and access your personal information, confidential information of our clients, or other valuable data.

To help avoid falling prey to these spear phishing scams, follow the below tips should you receive any email that you suspect to be a spear phishing message.

  • Never accept a request for a password in an email or telephone call that you have not initiated. If you think the email might be real, call the business and ask.
  • Do not log onto a website via a link in an email or text message received on your mobile device.
  • Pay attention to the link URL. Hover your mouse over the link to reveal the URL that the link points to. If it doesn't match what the link or email say it should, that's a red flag and you should not click on the link.
  • Make sure your web browser is up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Look closely at the sender's email address and double-check that it is from the organization referenced in the email. (For example, often spear phishers will use email addresses such as "customerservice@XYZInc" when the actual domain of XYZ Inc. is simply "XYZ" rather than "XYZInc." To find out the correct domain of the organization, you can simply do a search on Google or Yahoo!.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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