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A Judge Has Approved a Lawsuit to be Served via Twitter

Posted on October 7th, 2016.

Non-profit St. Francis of Assisi has been prosecuting a lawsuit on behalf of the estates and families of Assyrian Christians were murdered and had their property destroyed as a result of ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State activities in the middle east. The group is suing Kuwait Finance House, Kuveyt-Turk Participation Bank Inc., and a man named...

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Communication

San Bernadino iPhone Case: Major Press Agencies Are Suing the FBI

Posted on September 19th, 2016.

The Associated Press, Gannett, and VICE Media are suing the FBI to know more details about the agency’s hack of the San Bernadino killer’s iPhone.

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Law

A Utah Sheriff Dog Can Sniff out Hard Drives

Posted on September 6th, 2016.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office in Utah has a new weapon, purportedly to uncover illicit (child) pornography by sniffing out USB and other storage devices hidden in the lairs of the worst kind of criminals.

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Business

Apple Asks Judge To Reject Government Order To Help Unlock iPhone

Posted on April 18th, 2016.

Apple Inc. has asked a federal judge to reject the U.S. Justice Department’s recent order to require it to help unlock an iPhone used in a New York drug case, according to Nasdaq. Apple is also trying to get the government to provide information about its phone hacking activities. Apple has been fighting the Justice Department on the...

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Breaches

Microsoft Sues the U.S. Government over Customer Privacy

Posted on April 16th, 2016.

Microsoft has sued the U.S. government for the right to advise customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, claiming the government is violating the law by not allowing Microsoft to notify its customers, according to Reuters. The suit, filed in federal court in Seattle, Wash., marks the latest in a series of clashes about...

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Cybersecurity

Proposed Law Would Require U.S. Companies to Unlock Encryption under Court Order

Posted on April 14th, 2016.

The encryption controversy in the U.S. isn’t going away anytime soon. Two U.S. senators have proposed requiring companies to unlock encrypted technology when a court calls on them to do so, changing the current law and escalating a conflict between the technology industry and the U.S. government, according to The Wall Street...

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Events

Obama Ducks Apple/FBI Conflict In Encouraging Innovation At SXSW

Posted on March 13th, 2016.

President Obama used his historic appearance at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival Friday in Austin, Texas to expound on the importance of innovation, making a point of not taking a side in the Apple/FBI conflict over accessing the data in the smartphone used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. He said he could not make an...

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Business

Is the FBI Warrant against Apple Legally Suspect?

Posted on March 2nd, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal has come out today in favor of Apple in its legal fight with the FBI in an editorial titled “Apple is Right on Encryption.” The editorial notes that the FBI is invoking a law that only allows them to exercise powers Congress has granted, which in this case it has not. The newspaper says the case is not about...

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Business

FBI Director Admits Mistakes Were Made With Apple iPhone After San Bernardino Attack

Posted on March 1st, 2016.

FBI Director James Comey admitted in a hearing today that mistakes were made with the terrorist’s phone in the early days of the San Bernardino terror attack investigation, but he says the FBI would still need additional data from the Apple phone, according to The Wall Street Journal. Comey directed his remarks during a congressional...

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Business

Apple Tried To Help FBI, But The Password Got Changed In Government’s Hands

Posted on February 21st, 2016.

An Apple executive yesterday pointed out a piece of information that was contained in an extensive government filing about the San Bernardino terrorist investigation – that county government officials could have inadvertently undermined their ability to access the data on the iPhone 5C used by terrorist Rizwan Farook, according to...

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Breaches

Casino Sues Cybersecurity Firm in Landmark Case

Posted on January 16th, 2016.

  In one of the first cases of its kind, ever, a cybersecurity firm was sued by its client, a casino operator for it alleged lack of quality in an investigation following a breach of the casino operator’s system. This case could potentially set a new precedent entirely in the field of cyber law. A Las Vegas-based (where else?)...

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Entertainment

Megaupload Creator Dotcom Can Be Extradited To U.S., New Zealand Court Rules

Posted on December 23rd, 2015.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. where he faces charges of money laundering, copyright infringement and racketeering, a New Zealand court has ruled, the BBC reported. Dotcom said he will appeal the ruling. Doctom founded Megaupload, a now-defunct website, which allowed millions of people to download songs...

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Information

The Empire Strikes Back: Google Refutes EFF Privacy Claims

Posted on December 4th, 2015.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently lodged a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google’s seemingly benign student Chromebook program is in fact a data privacy nightmare, in so many words. The complaint begins by noting that Google is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge, which is an industry-wide...

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Law

Girl Listed Simultaneously As Minor and Adult for Nude Selfie

Posted on November 22nd, 2015.

16-year-old Brianna Denson of Fayetteville, North Carolina plead guilty in July as an adult – for crimes against herself. The girl had taken nude photos of herself, an increasingly common activity among teenagers, and had possessed it. That’s two charges. To avoid becoming a sex offender, which brings with it a lifetime stigma, the...

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Law

Cameron Wants to Accelerate DIPB Following Paris Attacks

Posted on November 17th, 2015.

In the wake of the ISIS attack on Paris, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is advocating a fast-tracking of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The DIPB a controversial new piece of legislation which will expand the British government’s legal abilities to monitor Internet usage within the UK. The attack, which claimed the lives of...

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Business

Facebook Set to Appeal Belgian Data Privacy Decision

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

Belgium recently had a court ruling that determined Facebook was going too far in collecting information about visitors to its site who are not Facebook users. Facebook has said that it will appeal this decision, which it likely considers central to the business model the company uses, whereby they harvest user data and sell it to...

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Entertainment

Sony Filed Copyright Claim Against Man They Licensed Content From

Posted on October 31st, 2015.

The arrogance of large corporations is occasionally beyond description. Mitch Martinez created some stock footage and licensed it to Sony Music Entertainment. Then, later, when he uploaded the same footage onto YouTube, he got a copyright notice. About his own content. The debacle that followed was interesting. Here is the original...

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Eavesdropping

EU Court: US Safe Harbor Scheme Invalid

Posted on October 6th, 2015.

US companies have made a habit in the last several years of locating data centers in Ireland in order to serve European customers. These companies include Google, Microsoft, and, most importantly for this article, Facebook. Austrian citizen and privacy activist Maximillian Schrems decided to lodge a complaint against Facebook to the...

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Cybersecurity

Ex-Hedge Funder Martin Shkreli Hacks Business Rival and Harasses Family

Posted on September 23rd, 2015.

32-year-old venture capitalist Martin Shkreli reportedly hacked a business rival and then harassed his teenage son and wife over a longer period of time. Messages sent to the wife were telling her that they would soon be homeless. Shkreli recently attracted bad attention due to hiking prices of AIDS pills as reported by US Uncut. Pharma...

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Breaches

Judge Slaps Retailer Target with a Class Action Lawsuit over Data Breach

Posted on September 17th, 2015.

A federal judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against Minneapolis-based retailer Target that had originally been brought up by several banks for damages after the retailer’s data breach in 2013. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St.Paul, Minnesota granted class-action status to several financial institutions that are suing...