Announcements, information and updates from CWAG Members and Associates
May 10, 2018
Registration is now OPEN to all!
Arizona Attorney General and CWAG Chair Mark Brnovich, and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas invite you to the 2018 CWAG Annual Meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico this July 22 to 25, 2018. Join your colleagues as CWAG explores the most pertinent legal issues during the days and spend the evenings enjoying the land of enchantment at our special events. The meeting website includes travel and hotel information to facilitate air and hotel arrangements, speaker details, CLE information and much more.

Registration is now open, and we encourage you to register now to secure your spot before the conference sells out.
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm Pacific time. All registrations received or finalized after this time will be charged the full registration fee.
  • Final Registration Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm Pacific time. No registrations will be accepted after this time.
  • No On-Site Registration.

The CWAG host hotel Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is sold out on Tuesday and Wednesday July 24 and 25. If you have been unable to secure a room, the nearest hotel is the Santa Ana Star Casino hotel.
CWAG Chair's Initiative Recorded Panels and Presentation Files Are Available Online
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 CWAG Chair's Initiative, focused on data security and privacy. To download the final agenda from the event, click here .

Visit CWAG's LiveStream page to view recordings of each panel.
Thursday, May 3 Panels
Information Sharing and Analysis Center: A Collaborative Approach Against Tax-Related Fraud
Building Sand Castles in the Regulatory SandBox: FinTech, Financial Services & Cyber Security
When Crisis Strikes: Mitigation and Notification of Cyber Breaches
Mobile Sports Betting: The Global Perspective
Taking the Fight to IP Pirates
Privacy and Emerging Technology

Friday, May 4 Panels
E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulations
Identity in a Digital World: Managing Opportunity, Protecting National Security and Creating Consumer Value

Attorney General Becerra Alerts California Companies of Malware Attack Impacting Thousands of Computer Users
May 9, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, working with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), uncovered more than two thousand computers and other electronic devices infected by malicious software (malware). Attorney General Becerra announced today that the California Department of Justice sent letters to communication service providers encouraging companies to inform customers with identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that their devices may contain the malware. The finding stems from a cyberattack that occurred in March 2018. Malware attacks involve the installation of unwelcome software without the user’s consent. The impacted devices receive and obey commands from an outside common source.
Malware attacks can lead to an outside source using someone’s device to send spam, steal data, place ransomware programs on computers, turn computer cameras or microphones on, or use the computer to store data.
AG Balderas Launches Investigation of Technology Used to Facilitate Child Exploitation; Requests Cooperation from BitTorrent & Other Companies
May 8, 2018

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office is investigating the use of technology to distribute child pornography and has requested the cooperation of BitTorrent Inc. and other companies to provide information that will aid in the investigation. Last week, Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Affairs Sharon Pino sent a letter to BitTorrent CEO Rogelio Choy demanding answers by June 8, 2018 about the company and users’ practices regarding child exploitation.

Attorney General Balderas oversees the New Mexico ICAC Task Force and created the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force which he also oversees. To report suspected child exploitation please call the Office of the Attorney General at (505) 717-3500, or 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or .
Wisconsin DOJ Hosts Internet Crimes Against Children Investigators in Green Bay for High-Tech Training
May 7, 2018

Law enforcement and prosecutors from across Wisconsin and the Midwest attended the 2018 Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference in Green Bay today to receive highly specialized training focused on investigating and prosecuting technology-facilitated crimes against children by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ).

Nearly 175 law enforcement and prosecutors attending the training, which featured a training on investigative tactics regarding the latest in internet crime trends, including Internet of Things and Cloud data, social media, the dark web, sexting, and virtual currency. DOJ and national experts provided the high-tech training.

Also attending the conference was Alicia Kozakiewicz - the survivor of a brutal abduction by an Internet predator and was held hostage and tortured in the predator’s Virginia basement at the age of 13 - an advocate for Internet and child safety awareness. Kozakiewicz is the namesake of “ Alicia’s Law ,” which was passed and signed into law in Wisconsin in 2016. Alicia’s Law provides additional funding to the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force and created an administrative subpoena process that expedites the procedure for finding the location of suspected internet sex predators.

In 2017, the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force received more than 1,700 cybertips; inspected more than 415,000 gigabytes of seized data on hard drives, cellphones, and other data storage devices; and arrested 537 people who were suspected of conducting internet crimes against children including child enticement, obscenity directed to minors, child prostitution, and manufacture, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

The ability to investigate so many cases in recent years would not have been possible without Alicia’s Law. In 2015, before the law was passed, the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force arrested 291 suspected predators and executed 459 search warrants.

“How incredible that so effective a piece of legislation was born from such a horrendous experience; that by our working together, my namesake, Alicia’s Law, has provided law enforcement the tools necessary to prevent further predatory crimes against other children,” said Alicia Kozakiewicz.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces 2018 Human Trafficking Summit


Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the Florida Department of Children and Families and the University of Central Florida, would like to invite you to the 2018 Florida Human Trafficking Summit.

Florida’s Human Trafficking Summit brings together local, state and national leaders working to eradicate all forms of trafficking. The one-day Summit will bring together over 1,000 registrants. Throughout the day, attendees will participate in targeted breakout sessions, workshops and training opportunities covering:
·        legal/law enforcement
·        service delivery
·        policy and research
·        medical/healthcare

Former Washington State Chief Deputy AG Brian Moran Nominated For U.S. Attorney
May 10, 2018

President Trump has nominated Seattle lawyer Brian Moran, a former chief deputy in the state Attorney General’s Office, as the next U.S. attorney for Western Washington.

Moran works for the business-law firm  Orrick , where he has advised Fortune 100 companies, banks and tech firms facing investigations by state attorneys general and other regulatory agencies, according to his law-firm bio.

Moran worked for the Washington State Attorney General’s office from 1998 to 2013, serving as chief criminal prosecutor and then chief deputy attorney general. Before that, he spent a decade as senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Kitsap County.

In 2011, Moran was awarded CWAG’s Nelson Kempsky Management Award, which honors an individual in an Attorney General's Office for extraordinary performance as a manager and leader.
Follow the 31 AG Races in 2018 on this Interactive Website
A significant number of states, 30 and the District of Columbia, have contests for the Office of Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice hosts an interactive map for those interested in following the races throughout the country. The State AG Election Tracker includes state-by-state AG candidate snapshots, filing deadlines and primary election dates; daily news, insights, polling and fundraising data; and the ability to sign up for real-time election-night updates via text and email. Access is free.