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Appeals Court Overturns AT&T Hacker's Sentence

April 14, 2014 10:21 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

A US federal appeals court has vacated the conviction and sentence received by Andrew "weev" Auernheimer for the AT&T iPad hack.                                  

Nine Charged in Conspiracy Using Zeus Malware

April 14, 2014 10:10 am | by DOJ | News | Comments

Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected...

Court Rejects Early Appeal of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security...

Goverment Wants Expanded Ability to Hack Criminal Suspects' Computers

March 28, 2014 10:28 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | News | Comments

The United States Department of Justice wants to broaden its ability to hack criminal suspects’...

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Judge Denies Government Request to Search iPhone

March 27, 2014 10:09 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | News | Comments

In a 13-page order filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia filed Wednesday, Judge John Facciola denied the government’s request for a warrant to search the iPhone of alleged ricin cook, Daniel Harry Milzman’s on the grounds that it was overbroad.

Senators Want Ukraine to Arrest Target Hackers in Exchange for Aid

March 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | News | Comments

Bilateral legislation poised for debate this week would make Ukrainian economic support contingent upon a clampdown on cyber crime in the eastern European nation.                         

Tech Giants Knew of NSA Data Collection

March 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Spencer Ackerman, the Guardian | News | Comments

The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency has stated unequivocally that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. 


The Role of the Forensic Accountant

March 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Randall Jackson, Computerworld | News | Comments

The question is raised of what is the forensic accountant, what do they do, and how does that differ from computer forensic and the whole cyber crime specialist?                         

Becoming a Better Digital Forensics Witness

March 12, 2014 9:21 am | by Craig Ball | Blogs | Comments

It’s difficult for computer forensic examiners to hone their testimonial skills because it’s rare to be interrogated by a lawyer who understands what we are talking about.                       

Barrett Brown Hyperlink Charges Dropped

March 6, 2014 4:47 pm | by Lee Munson | Blogs | Comments

The US government has moved to drop several charges against journalist and activist Barrett Brown that could have had far-reaching consequences for all users of the web.                       

Texas Appeals Court Says Police Can't Search Someone's Phone after being Jailed

February 28, 2014 9:34 am | by Megan Geuss, Ars Technica | News | Comments

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that law enforcement officials do need a warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone after they've been jailed. The ruling did not decide whether it is legal or not for police to search a suspect's phone at theincidence of arrest, which is currently a hotly contested subject. The Supreme Court is set to decide that matter later this year.

Surveillance Evangelist Arrested in California

February 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Dave Maass, EFF | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a Mexican tycoon named Jose Susumo Azano Matsura at his Coronado, Calif. home on Wednesday as part of a political bribery investigation based on captured emails, seized banking records, and covertly recorded conversations. The Azano case illustrates how officials around the world must not only exercise skepticism toward new surveillance technologies, but also toward the shady contractors hawking spy products.


Holder Says Congress Should Require Data Breach Disclosures

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Evan Perez, CNN | News | Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to require companies to more quickly alert customers when their personal information is put at risk in cyber breaches.                       

Computer Investigator Pleads Guilty to Misrepresenting Credentials

February 10, 2014 3:48 pm | by Larry Daniel | Blogs | Comments

A Rye private investigator who has received $23,000 from the state since 2006 to do computer forensic investigations for indigent defendants pleaded guilty recently to misrepresenting some of her investigative certifications on her company’s website.

Florida Prosecutors File Charges against Heavy Bitcoin Traders

February 10, 2014 9:33 am | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

Apparently for the first time, state laws are being wielded against heavy Bitcoin traders. Florida prosecutors have charged three men, saying that their use of a site called violates laws against unlicensed money transmitters.

Hackers Sue German Government

February 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | News | Comments

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), Europe's largest hacker association, and the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) are suing the German government for allegedly helping foreign intelligence agencies spy on German citizens.      

Eyeing SpyEye

January 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Loucif Kharouni | Blogs | Comments

Recently, it was announced by the United States Department of Justice that the creator of the notorious SpyEye banking malware, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin (also known as Gribodemon or Harderman), had pleaded guilty before a federal court to charges related to creating and distributing SpyEye. Trend Micro was a key part of this investigation and has been working with the FBI on this case for quite some time. 


SpyEye Trojan Author Pleads Guilty

January 29, 2014 9:14 am | by Infosecurity | News | Comments

Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, aka "Gribodemon" and "Harderman," has pled guilty to charges accusing him of being the primary developer and distributor of the SpyEye banking trojan, according to the FBI. SpyEye, a derivative of Zeus was, before his arrest in July 2013, the world's foremost banking malware, having infected a reputed 1.4 million computers.

Tech Giants, Telcos Get OK to Release Stats on NSA Spying

January 28, 2014 9:28 am | by David Kravets, Wired | News | Comments

In President Obama’s speech recently outlining surveillance reforms, the president promised he would allow corporations like Google, Apple and Microsoft to be more transparent with their customers about NSA spying. Now, we have learned what that means.

Bitcoin Operator Charged in Money Laundering Scheme

January 27, 2014 2:49 pm | by Emily Flitter, Reuters | News | Comments

The vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a trade group promoting the adoption of the digital currency, has been charged by U.S. prosecutors with conspiring to commit money laundering by helping to funnel cash to illicit online drugs bazaar Silk Road.

Man Held 9 Months in UAE for Cyber Crimes

January 13, 2014 9:22 am | by Amy Forliti, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American man who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates for a parody video that was posted online has been released from prison and was due to arrive in Minnesota. Shezanne Cassim, of Woodbury, Minn., was in custody in the UAE for nine months in connection with the video, which satirized youth culture in Dubai. He was arrested in April and had been held at a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi since June.

Dueling Surveillance Rulings Stir Legal Ripples

January 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opposing court rulings on the National Security Agency's massive phone record surveillance — one threatening the program and the other supporting it — are stirring fast legal footwork as both cases start to wind their way through federal appeals courts and possibly to the Supreme Court.

Obama Said to Plan Intelligence Surveillance Reforms

January 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

President Obama is preparing a package of intelligence reforms that will probably put a public advocate for the first time in the secret court that approves surveillance practices and remove a controversial telephone records database from direct government control, aides said.

The Top Four Tech Legal Cases to Watch in 2014

January 2, 2014 9:21 am | by Cyrus Farivar and Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

While we’re all wiping the champagne-induced sleep from our eyes, inevitably we have to sober up for 2014. The new year will mark new beginnings for all of us, but it will also mark the continuation (and perhaps conclusion) of a number of high-profile tech legal cases. A few cases could lead to profound changes in the tech landscape in years to come.

Judge's Word on NSA Program Won't be the Last

December 17, 2013 3:29 pm | by Frederic Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge made headlines recently by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won't be the last word on the issue.   

Federal Judge Finds NSA Spying Unconstitutional

December 16, 2013 4:27 pm | by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica | News | Comments

In a stunning decision, a DC-based federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency spying revealed this summer violates the constitution. The opinion published by US District Judge Richard Leon is in response to a lawsuit filed by Larry Klayman, a longtime conservative activist. Klayman was fast on the draw, filing his lawsuit on June 6, one day after widespread NSA surveillance was revealed in June.

US Racketeering Law Enters the World of Cyber Crime

December 13, 2013 3:08 pm | by John Hawes | Blogs | Comments

A Las Vegas court convicted a cyber criminal under RICO (Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act) law, in what may well turn out to be a landmark case.                         

Proposed Canadian Cyber Law - Anti-bullying or Pro-snooping?

December 3, 2013 3:49 pm | by John Hawes | Blogs | Comments

The Canadian government recently put forward a new set of cyber laws designed to prevent online bullying. The proposed legislation immediately drew howls of outrage from all corners, accusing the government of simply reviving its previous failed attempt at introducing draconian state snooping in a new disguise. So, what's really going on with Bill C-13?

Cyber Criminals Charged as 21st Century Racketeers

November 20, 2013 3:44 pm | by Kevin Poulsen, Wired | News | Comments

David Ray Camez is the first cybercrime defendant in the country to go to trial on federal racketeering charges, instead of computer or credit card fraud statutes. The key question facing the jurors isn’t whether Camez was a crook — he’s already serving a state prison term for forgery. It’s whether the website he did business on was an organized criminal enterprise comparable, as a legal matter, to the Mafia or a Los Angeles street gang.

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