Description: As a sports and entertainment attorney, your job at times can be more demanding than other attorneys practicing in other areas of the law. You are not just an attorney, but a baby sister, father/mother, business advisor, spiritual advisor, or even a psychologist. The hardest part of it all, is when you have a client that does not listen to your advice and/or can be reckless.
The top targets for blackmail and/or extortion are professional athletes and entertainers. In the public eye they are rich and famous. They are targets because it is perceived that they (especially athletes) cannot afford any type of bad publicity and would be willing to pay anything to not find themselves on TMZ.
Problem: Athletes and entertainers think about security as having a bodyguard, buying a gun, living in a gated neighborhood, having ADT alarm systems, security cameras or even pit bulls running around the yard. Thought is not often placed into the security of the internet that is connected to the computers, the security cameras, cell phones, the smart TV, the alarm systems, Xbox and any other connected devices.
Facts that you should know:
• If a hacker is able to connect to your client’s internet they can view all of the cameras in the home.
• In 2006 a security company put out a press release about paparazzi hiring computer hackers.
• Hired staff like the housekeepers, chefs, even the gardeners have planted hidden cameras and listening devices in the homes and cars of celebrities.
• There was an alarm company in Los Angeles that installed an alarm system for a famous celebrity. The installer entered a secondary alarm code so that he and his friends could come back later and burglarize the home.
What would you do?
• If your client’s personal photos ended up on a website? How would could you have them removed?
• If a person your client was dating has compromising pictures or videos of your client, and is demanding money to delete them, how can be sure that there are no copies?
What you will learn:
• Learn the top things you should have your client do to protect themselves.
• Learn how to remove negative comments or pictures off the internet within 4 days.
• How to make sure that your clients home network, cell phones, emails, computers and other devices cannot be hacked.
• What you should know about having your clients home swept for listening devices and hidden cameras.
• Learn how to identify the vulnerability of your clients.
• Options available to you and your clients when there is an issue of blackmail or extortion, without it being leaked to the media.
• When it is appropriate to run background checks on your clients, their family members, the men and women they date, the staff and any potential business partners.