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Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

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Google and Dropbox are the latest U.S. tech giants to register with the Privacy Shield.

Cybercrime Blotter: Majerczyk pleads guilty to hacking celeb email accounts

Cybercrime Blotter: Majerczyk pleads guilty to hacking celeb email accounts

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Edward Majerczyk on September 27 pleaded guilty in a Chicago court to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information bringing to a close a case dubbed Celebgate.

Yahoo faces congressional action and class action lawsuits following historic data breach

Yahoo faces congressional action and class action lawsuits following historic data breach

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Yahoo is facing both legal and congressional action in the form of multiple class-action lawsuits and one senators call for a congressional probe.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

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The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

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In a settlement, the hotel chain operated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will fork over $500K in fines and improve the security of its computer network.

Cybercrime blotter: Kosovo native sentenced to 20 years for providing aid to ISIS

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Kosovo native Ardit Ferizi was sentenced in federal court in Alexandria, Va. after pleading guilty to providing aid to the Islamic State.

Former insurance employees appear in court over data leak

Former insurance employees appear in court over data leak

Two people have been charged with bribery offences, following an investigation into the suspected leak of confidential data by a former employee of insurance firm LV=.

Sixth Circuit: Nationwide insurance co.'s breach victims have standing to sue

Sixth Circuit: Nationwide insurance co.'s breach victims have standing to sue

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A federal Appeals Court has reinstated a class-action lawsuit against insurance company Nationwide after concluding that individuals whose personal data was exposed in a 2012 breach have sufficient standing to sue.

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

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British citizen Lauri Love faces extradition to the U.S. to face charges of computer hacking.

FBI sweep: It's a search, get a warrant, says fed judge

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A court in Texas handed down a ruling that is likely to set a precedent for government access to hard drives.

House Committee issues subpoena to FBI for unredacted report on Clinton server

House Committee issues subpoena to FBI for unredacted report on Clinton server

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The dramatic exchange is the latest escalation after the committee requested last week that the FBI, Office of the DNI, Justice Department, and State Department hold a classified briefing to disclose details of the FBI report.

Alleged vDOS creators nabbed in Israel

Alleged vDOS creators nabbed in Israel

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Two Israeli teenagers were arrested for their alleged part in the running of vDOS, a so-called booter service selling kits for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Seagate staff to sue company over data protection failure

Seagate staff to sue company over data protection failure

A hardware manufacturer may soon be sued by employees who claim the employer did not do nearly enough to protect their data.

Amidst lawsuit, McAfee aims to innovate as a separate entity

Amidst lawsuit, McAfee aims to innovate as a separate entity

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As Intel proceeds with plans to divest its majority stake in Intel Security, the chipmaker's security business unit, a lawsuit filed against Intel threatens to create challenges for the entity.

Flagrant foul? Mobile app user accuses NBA's Warriors of spying on conversations

Flagrant foul? Mobile app user accuses NBA's Warriors of spying on conversations

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A New York woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors, accusing the NBA franchise of distributing a mobile content app that invades users' privacy by turning on a device's microphone and eavesdropping on the audio it picks up.

Fiat Chrysler locks down on DealerCONNECT security after car theft

Fiat Chrysler locks down on DealerCONNECT security after car theft

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FCA upgraded its DealerCONNECT terms of use to threaten civil or criminal action to anyone who provides unauthorized third parties access to software.

After the breach: Settlement expected for 50M Home Depot customers

After the breach: Settlement expected for 50M Home Depot customers

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A settlement is brewing between The Home Depot and 50 million customers whose personally identifiable information was compromised in a hack in 2014.

London police turn to private law firms to tackle cybercrime

London police turn to private law firms to tackle cybercrime

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London police have kicked off a pilot program that has law enforcement hiring private law firms to challenge cybercriminals in civil rather than criminal court.

Corrupt Silk Road agent's lawyer wants out of appeals case

Corrupt Silk Road agent's lawyer wants out of appeals case

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Davina Pujari, Shaun Bridges third lawyer since he began his appeals process in December 2015, filed a motion to withdraw as counsel on appeal.

Advocate Health Care hit with largest HIPAA settlement

Advocate Health Care hit with largest HIPAA settlement

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Advocate Health Care will pay $5.55 million for a breach that led to the exposure of personally identifiable information of four million patients.

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

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Computer users sharing their password could suddenly find themselves at risk for arrest.

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

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Public files are not exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosures simply because they are stored on a government official's private email account, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled.

Ashley Madison facing FTC probe for using 'fembots'

Ashley Madison facing FTC probe for using 'fembots'

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The FTC is probing Avid, which faces a number of class action lawsuits on behalf of customers, for manipulating the Ashley Madison site by posting phony female profiles, or fembots, capable of conversing with male customers.

State asks court for 27-month extension to review Clinton emails

State asks court for 27-month extension to review Clinton emails

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The U.S. State Department cited insufficient staffing as the primary reason behind its request for a 27-month extension to review and release emails related to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state that were requested by Citizens United under the FOIA.

Love 'exaggerating mental illness to avoid extradition', court hears

Love 'exaggerating mental illness to avoid extradition', court hears

Lauri Love is hiding behind his mental illness to avoid being sent to the US for trial, according to arguments heard in his extradition hearing yesterday. Tom Reeve reports from Westminster Magistrates' court.

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

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A U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Virginia presiding over a child pornography criminal trial has sided definitively with U.S. law enforcement in ruling that investigators do not need a warrant to remotely hack into suspects' computers.

SEC freezes UK hacker's assets

SEC freezes UK hacker's assets

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The SEC obtained an emergency court order from a New York court to freeze assets belonging to a UK citizen who allegedly engaged in a sophisticated hacking and market manipulation scheme.

Former disgruntled employee at ClickMotive convicted under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Former disgruntled employee at ClickMotive convicted under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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A jury convicted former IT professional Michael Thomas of Lewisville, Texas, under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, finding him guilty of sabotaging the computer systems of auto industry web software provider ClickMotive.

FBI agent: NIT in Playpen case not malware because it didn't act maliciously

FBI agent: NIT in Playpen case not malware because it didn't act maliciously

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An FBI special agent deposed in federal court has stated that the network investigative technique (NIT) used to identify members of child pornography site Playpen should not be defined as malware because its behavior was not malicious.

State Dept. asks court to reject Republican Party FOIA request for Clinton emails

State Dept. asks court to reject Republican Party FOIA request for Clinton emails

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The U.S. Department of State is asking a U.S. District Court to deny a FOIA request by the Republican National Committee for emails from Hillary Clinton.

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