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Rhythm in the algorithm: digital rights groups call on Spotify to abandon voice recognition invention

Activists launched a campaign to pressure Spotify to abandon plans for an AI-powered system that listens to your conversations in order to recommend music choices. The controversy spotlights a challenge faced by some of the most tech savvy companies: how to walk the line between innovation that serves the innate desires of consumers, and violation of their rights for information security and privacy.
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Busted! 2019’s top cybercrime news

Spies, whistleblowers, students, executives and every variety of scammer. It seems no one was immune from the long arm of the law, or at least, the indictment, in 2019. Many are in custody, some have been sentenced and others remain at large.  Julian Assange  In what might have been the most anticipated arrest in 2019,…
Chinese hackers breach 50 U.S. gov't contractors' systems in one year
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Stratfor hacker Hammond held in contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions

Just months before he was to be released from federal prison where he is serving time for hacking intelligence firm Statfor and releasing information to WikiLeaks , activist and hacker Jeremy Hammond, was found to be in contempt of court for failing to answer questions before a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia…
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Assange ran election interference out of Ecuadorian Embassy, surveillance docs show

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took full advantage of his protected status in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, likely using the diplomatic post where he lived for seven years as a command center to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, surveillance reports from a Spanish security firm allegedly show. The reports, based on surveillance by…
Julian Assange
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Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. The charges leveled against Assange, seen as courageous whistleblower by proponents and a criminal by critics, have raised concerns…
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Assange arrested on hacking charge and removed from embassy, to be extradited to U.S.

After seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on behalf of the U.S. on conspiracy to conduct computer intrusion on the United States, according to an indictment unsealed this morning. U.K. special police entered the embassy and forcibly removed a bedraggled Assange, who shouted and resisted…
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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks probe

After rebuffing a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury as part of a WikiLeaks probe, Chelsea Manning was jailed Friday. The former Army private had served seven years of a 35-year sentence for sharing classified documents with the whistleblower site – President Obama commuted her sentence in 2017 shortly before he left office.…
Cybercrime, Security News

The Criminal Element Gets Its Due

Attribution is difficult and sometimes it seems that cybercriminals are beyond the long arm of the law. But hackers – some even foreign nationals – were increasingly brought to justice on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018 for various cybercrimes. They were indicted, arrested, convicted and, in many cases, sentenced and jailed for a…
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Justice Dept. has prepared indictment against Assange, court docs reveal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has long justified his self-imposed asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – even after receiving citizenship – because he feared the U.S. would arrest him. Now, it seems he’s right, according to an unrelated court filing in Virginia that inadvertently revealed that Justice Department has an indictment ready to go…
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