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Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

Trade secret anti-theft bill passes House, awaits Obama's signature

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The U.S. House yesterday passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, which creates a single U.S. standard for protecting companies from intellectual property theft through civil recourse against the offending parties in federal court.

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

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More than two months after a federal judge ruled the U.S. must privately disclose the hacking technique the FBI used to identify patrons of the child porn site Playpen, lawyers have filed a motion urging the case be dismissed if the government does not comply or drop the charges.

Judges tosses evidences in Tor child porn case; rules warrant to spy on users was void

Judges tosses evidences in Tor child porn case; rules warrant to spy on users was void

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A federal district court judge has ruled that an Eastern Virginia magistrate overstepped her authority when granting the FBI a warrant to collect data from the user of a child pornography site, because the data resided on a computer in Massachusetts, outside her jurisdiction.

Federal court bucks trend, rules general liability insurance covers data breach

Federal court bucks trend, rules general liability insurance covers data breach

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A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that insurance firm Travelers Indemnity Co., under the terms of a commercial general liability policy, must defend its client, Portal Healthcare Solutions, in a lawsuit stemming from a data breach.

6,000 staff join data breach lawsuit against Morrisons

6,000 staff join data breach lawsuit against Morrisons

Morrisons is still feeling the ramifications of a data breach two years ago as 6,000 current and former staff signed up to a group lawsuit ahead of the 8 April deadline.

Judge approves settlement for Sony hacking case

Judge approves settlement for Sony hacking case

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A U.S. district judge approved the settlement in a class action suit against Sony Entertainment.

UPDATE: Nest disables smart home device, triggers IoT security concerns

UPDATE: Nest disables smart home device, triggers IoT security concerns

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Nest will disable its smart home product Revolv on May 15th. Revolv founders Tim Enwall and Mike Soucie will re-focus on building Works with Nest.

Ready to rumble: Apple vs. FBI

Ready to rumble: Apple vs. FBI

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As Apple and the FBI lace up their gloves for a fight that makes Ali vs. Frazier look like a schoolyard brawl, privacy and security hang in the balance. Teri Robinson reports.

DOJ defies court order to turn over spyware code used against Tor

DOJ defies court order to turn over spyware code used against Tor

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The DOJ filed a sealed motion requesting a federal judge reconsider an opinion that the FBI must reveal code used to subvert the Tor network's anonymity protections.

Developer's 11 lines of deleted code 'breaks the internet'

Developer's 11 lines of deleted code 'breaks the internet'

Web development around the world was disrupted when a 28-year-old man deleted 11 lines of his code from npm.

Apple, FBI put Cellebrite in the spotlight

Apple, FBI put Cellebrite in the spotlight

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The tentative naming of the Israeli firm Cellebrite as the muscle behind the FBI's ability to hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino, Calif. shooter Syed Farook without help from Apple, has brought this little known company into the spotlight.

University of Central Florida facing more than $100K cost following breach

University of Central Florida facing more than $100K cost following breach

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The University of Central Florida released figures for how much it will cost to notify potential victims of a data breach it experienced last month.

FBI cracks iPhone, no longer needs Apple's assistance

FBI cracks iPhone, no longer needs Apple's assistance

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The Justice Department has halted its attempt to force Apple to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists after the FBI managed to gain access on its own.

Judge: Pending final ruling, Apple has not flouted order to help FBI

Judge: Pending final ruling, Apple has not flouted order to help FBI

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U.S. District Court Judge Sheri Pym earlier this week validated Apple's assertion that it has so far not defied her previous court order to assist the FBI in cracking the encryption protecting the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

Apple CEO firm on privacy

Apple CEO firm on privacy

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Apple CEO Tim Cook opened today's Apple press event with his pledge to protect customer privacy in the face of a legal challenge from the FBI.

 Ready to rumble: Apple vs. FBI

Ready to rumble: Apple vs. FBI

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Let's get ready to ruuuummmmmbbbble! In this corner, we have the Justice Department, the prosecutorial arm of the U.S. government and, in its own words, defender of the people. And, in the other corner, we have the darling of Silicon Valley, a self-billed "true American company," Apple.

Apparent redaction error points to Snowden as subject of Lavabit investigation

Apparent redaction error points to Snowden as subject of Lavabit investigation

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An apparent redaction oversight seems to offer strong evidence that the U.S. was targeting Edward Snowden when in 2013 it ordered erstwhile email service Lavabit to turn over an encryption key for a federal investigation.

Exclusive: Commerce Dept. official defends Privacy Shield

Exclusive: Commerce Dept. official defends Privacy Shield

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A senior U.S. Department of Commerce official spoke with SCMagazine.com Friday morning to defend the virtues of the newly introduced U.S.-EU Privacy Shield pact.

FBI versus Apple: Lawmakers call FBI request to break Apple encryption an overreach

FBI versus Apple: Lawmakers call FBI request to break Apple encryption an overreach

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In testimony before Congress on Tuesday, Apple reiterated that unlocking the iPhone used by the gunman in San Bernardino would set a dangerous precedent.

EFF files amicus brief to persuade Appeals court to hear Wikimedia v NSA

EFF files amicus brief to persuade Appeals court to hear Wikimedia v NSA

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed an amicus curiae brief in hopes of convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth District to hear the electronic surveillance case Wikimedia v. NSA, which was rejected by a federal judge last October.

Alums file class action against UCF for PII exposure during breach

Alums file class action against UCF for PII exposure during breach

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) is the target of a consumer class action lawsuit against the school by two alumni following a data breach that exposed personal information.

 What does settlement really mean?

What does settlement really mean?

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Companies are facing a predicament when charged with federal regulatory violations over alleged failures to establish cybersecurity policies and/or protect personally identifiable information (PII).

What does settlement really mean?

What does settlement really mean?

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What do recent settlements with the FTC, FCC and SEC really mean for cyber hygiene. Larry Jaffee reports.

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

Data Privacy Day: Changes transform policy, perspective since last year

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SCMagazine.com asked key thought leaders to identify key events in last year that have reshaped public policy and expectations of what happens—and what should happen—to personally identifiable information when users go online.

Lawsuit dismissed in Georgia after state admits to massive breach

Lawsuit dismissed in Georgia after state admits to massive breach

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Plaintiffs in Atlanta had a class-action lawsuit dismissed on Monday following the state's acknowledgement it had put at risk the data of more than six million registered voters.

30 years later, CFAA still flawed, needs reform, attorney argues

30 years later, CFAA still flawed, needs reform, attorney argues

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In observance of the 30th anniversary of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, attorney Peter J. Toren argued that the law remains too vague.

Document: U.S. gov't OKs exploiting certain zero-days during investigations

Document: U.S. gov't OKs exploiting certain zero-days during investigations

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The U.S. government acknowledges in its "Vulnerabilities Equities Process" (VEP) to sometimes condoning withholding information on zero-day vulnerabilities so they can be exploited for intelligence and law enforcement purposes.

Facebook cookie challenged in EU

Facebook cookie challenged in EU

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A court ruling on Monday upped the challenge to Facebook on how the social media site uses a cookie to track data of European citizens.

Federal court dismisses Michaels class action suit

Federal court dismisses Michaels class action suit

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A federal court judge said plaintiffs didn't show harm after a 2014 data breach at Michaels Stores Inc.

Asbestos bill would expose victims' personal data, medical histories

Asbestos bill would expose victims' personal data, medical histories

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Privacy and public interest organizations are petitioning against a bill that attempts to prevent fraud in asbestos lawsuits.

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