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?
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It's called "revenge porn," and it's legal in every state but California and New Jersey. A person shares a sexually explicit photo or video with a partner, only to see those images pop up online months or even years later — typically after a bad breakup. The images are often tied to the person's name, address and phone number.
A 19-year-old computer science student pleaded guilty to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other women and secretly photographing them with their own webcams. Jared James Abrahams answered a series of questions from U.S. District Judge James Selna, including an explanation of the crimes that were committed.
A federal judge declined to order jail time for the mother of a writer and activist with ties to the hacking collective Anonymous, after she pleaded guilty to helping her son hide laptops from federal agents.
Following its involvement in taking the UK to the European Court over GCHQ's mass surveillance program, Privacy International has now raised formal complaints with the OECD against the telecoms companies that have co-operated with GCHQ.
On Tuesday, the original Wisconsin Republican author of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), introduced a major change to the October 2011 law. It would ban the bulk collection of metadata. Now, the USA FREEDOM Act has been introduced. With 70 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and a dozen in the Senate, it might actually have a chance of passage.
An appellate court has finally supplied an answer to an open question left dangling by the Supreme Court in 2012: Do law enforcement agencies need a probable-cause warrant to affix a GPS tracker to a target’s vehicle? The Third Circuit Court of Appeals gave a resounding yes to that question today in a 2 to 1 decision.
Five years after Congress authorized warrantless electronic spying, the Obama administration has never divulged to a single defendant that they were the target of this type of phone or email surveillance — despite lawmakers’ claims the snooping has stopped terrorist plots and resulted in arrests.
The level of sexual abuse and violence carried out on children whose suffering is posted on the internet "seems to be getting worse", MPs in England have heard. Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre director Peter Davies said victims appeared "to be getting younger and younger."
It was a cold-hearted online post that a Florida sheriff said hastened the arrest of two girls, aged 12 and 14, in the bullying-suicide case of Rebecca Sedwick. Authorities in central Florida said Rebecca was tormented online and at school by as many as 15 girls before she climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death September 9.
You may think that you can operate anonymously online but you can’t, says Andy Archibald, head of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit. Commenting on the recent arrests of four men in connection with the billion dollar online narcotics marketplace Silk Road, Archibald said that the NCA wants to send a message that cyber criminals who use anonymous browsing services such as Tor to mask the location of their computers can be traced.
Deniss Calovskis, the man accused of creating the Gozi virus, has been released from a Riga, Latvia jail after being held since December 2012. The Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office has announced that it would let the alleged hacker go free.
Suspected members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous have been indicted in connection to cyberattacks on targets including Visa, Mastercard and the MPAA as part of "Operation Payback." The 13 are accused of taking down services by using the Low-Orbit Ion Cannon application, which caused "significant damage" to victims.
The governor of California has signed Senate Bill 255, which will make the posting of "revenge porn" a crime. In California, anyone distributing nude photos online with an "intent to harass or annoy" can now face six months in jail as well as a $1,000 fine. The bill was signed yesterday and goes into effect immediately.
The Justice Department may have shut down while Congress spars over matters of budget disagreement, but it's still waging a war of words against the U.S. tech industry's transparency efforts. In a filing with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Justice Department argued that technology companies should not be allowed to disclose how many requests it makes to technology companies holding user data.
New York needs to update state laws dating from 1986 to better prosecute white-collar criminals, according to a special task force report released by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Current laws predate the Internet, social media and e-commerce and can’t keep pace with increasingly sophisticated frauds, Vance said.
While California's tech giants lobby the European Union to weaken the proposed General Data Protection Regulation, especially the "right to be forgotten," their home state inaugurates its own admittedly more limited version. California's governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that gives minors, those under the age of eighteen, the right to remove posts they have made to sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
The bombshell media leaks that exposed the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance projects were easily one of the main stories of the year — with international and political repercussions — but now a Freedom of Information request has unearthed the additional purchase of hacking tools.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has published an opinion, written on August 29, 2013, by Judge Claire Eagen, explaining the legal reasoning behind its order authorizing the NSA to collect data on all US telephone calls.
A relatively small but critical part of the forensic expert’s responsibilities involves testifying about the scientific basis of analyses, findings, and conclusions in court or during deposition. Credible experts must prepare thoroughly, demonstrating a command of the scientific knowledge associated with their areas of expertise.
The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans' phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism. But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records than they were allowed to. It took nearly three years before the government figured out that so much had gone wrong. It took even longer to figure out why.
The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs. In a court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will turn over the documents to the Electronic Frontier Foundation by Tuesday, September, 10, 2013.
Adrian-Tiberiu Oprea, 29, of Constanta, Romania, and Iulian Dolan, 28, of Craiova, Romania, have been sentenced to serve 15 years and seven years in prison, respectively, for participating in an international, multimillion-dollar scheme to remotely hack into and steal payment card data from hundreds of U.S. merchants’ computers.
A federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case has undone a key ruling where she found the government need not divulge whether its investigation relied on expanded phone and Internet surveillance programs — opening the sensitive issue back up to debate.
A 24-year-old Pennsylvania hacker has pleaded guilty to accusations he tried to sell access to Energy Department supercomputers he unlawfully accessed. Among other exploits, Andrew James Miller pleaded guilty to propositioning an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent during an online chat to pay him $50,000 for “root” access to the supercomputers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab California.
On a recent episode of “The Newsroom,” on HBO, the character Sloan Sabbith, a financial reporter, was mortified when an ex-boyfriend posted compromising pictures of her online, which then went viral. Her recourse — on the show at least — was to track down the offending creep and punch him.
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