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Two Romanians convicted for roles in Bayrob malware operation

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Two Romanian nationals were convicted in an Ohio federal court on Thursday for their roles in the Bayrob group, an organization that launched a multi-million-dollar cybercriminal operation fueled by its own proprietary malware. Bogdan Nicolescu, 36, and Radu Miclaus, 37, were found guilty on separate 21 counts for developing and spreading the Bayrob trojan, which…

Motel 6 to pay $12M for sharing guest info with ICE

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Motel 6 will pay a $12 million settlement to Washington state after employees at several of the chain’s locations shared information – without a warrant – on 80,000 guests in the state with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a two-year period. “Motel 6’s actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens…

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Office Depot, Support.com to pay $35M in restitution over tech scam

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Office Depot and Support.com will pay $35 million to settle a legal action brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that alleged that alleged the two companies tricked customers into buying repair and technical services by saying malware was found on their computer. Office Depot is responsible for paying $25 million and Support.com $10 million…

Microsoft grabs APT35/Charming Kitten websites in court ordered take down

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Working under a court order Microsoft seized control of 99 websites allegedly controlled by the Iranian hacker group APT 35. Charming Kitten has been associated with Iran. Microsoft obtained clearance to take action against APT35 (aka Phosphorus, Charming Kitten, Ajax Security Team) by the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. after the company took legal…

Tesla suing self-driving startup Zoox and former employees for data theft

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Tesla is accusing self-driving car startup Zoox and former employees of stealing trade secrets. The automaker is suing the start-up and the bunch claiming the employees gave Zoox Tesla’s logistics info to Zoox, while another gave Tesla’s autopilot code to Xiaopeng Motors. Two lawsuits were filed this week with one claiming employees stole “proprietary information…