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WannaCry researcher Marcus Hutchins arraigned, faces October trial

Marcus Hutchins, the UK researcher who accidentally stopped the spread of WannaCry ransomware, was arraigned in a federal Wisconsin court on Monday, for allegedly authoring a banking trojan called Kronos.

Judges disfavor Microsoft Ireland decision in two cases pitting Google against DOJ

A pair of federal judges have separately issued rulings or statements in the last two weeks that struck a blow against Google in its attempt to block the U.S. Department of Justice from accessing customer data stored overseas.

Alleged sextortionist caught after FBI plants malware on video of victim

A Bakersfield, Calif. man who allegedly tried to extort pornographic video footage from underage victims was tracked down and apprehended after investigators secretly hid malware on a digital video file sent from the intended victim's computer, according to an indictment filed in Indiana.

Wells Fargo lawyers release investment account info during lawsuit

A law firm representing Wells Fargo & Co. may have released data to an unauthorized recipient associated belong to 50,000 investment accounts, according to a published report.

Ashley Madison agrees to $11.2M settlement for 2015 data breach

Ruby Corp. and Ruby Life, the parent organizations behind the adult dating website Ashley Madison, have agreed to an $11.2 million settlement with its customers who had their private information released during a 2015 data breach.

China may have hacked secret CIA communication to kill or imprison U.S. informants

China seriously crippled U.S. Intelligence operations by systematically killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources.

Target breach settlement payout held up by lone consumer

Although Target agreed to compensate consumers affected in its 2013 data breach from a pool of $10 million, a lone consumer is halting payouts.

Insider threat faces $300K fine for hacking former employer

A California man is facing a $318,661.70 fine to cover the cost of repairing his former employers systems.

Report: DOJ opens criminal probe into Uber 'Greyball' software tool

Uber is the subject of a DOJ criminal investigation probing the company's use of a software tool that helped drivers avoid transportation regulators when encroaching into areas where the service wasn't approved, Reuters has reported.

IRS contracted Flashpoint to scan the dark web

The IRS reportedly paid Flashpoint $65,000 for access to firm's platform and API in order to extract intelligence concerning cybercriminals from the dark web.

New York men plead guilty to ATM theft scheme using skimmers and hidden cameras

Three New York-area men have separately pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in relation to the theft of at least $428,581 in funds from various New Jersey banking locations.

Microsoft: FISA orders seeking content up, global law enforcement requests for data down

On Thursday, Microsoft released its latest batch of semi-annual transparency reports, which revealed that global law enforcement legal requests for Microsoft user data decreased by more than 17 percent from 2015 to 2016, while U.S. FISA orders seeking content from the tech company jumped significantly in the first six months of 2016.

IoT liability: Legal issues abound

While industry-specific efforts to create some type of cybersecurity framework is helpful, stronger guidelines will be needed, reports Doug Olenick.

Insurer sues Rosen Hotels over data breach payments

St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance has filed a lawsuit asking a Florida judge to formally state that the insurance company is not responsible for paying any costs related to a data breach that took place at Rosen Hotels & Resorts.

Cybercrime Blotter: Ebury botnet creator Maxim Senakh pleads guilty

Russian national Maxim Senakh agreed to a plea deal on March 28 that could place him in prison for up to five years, paying restitution, and also being fined of up to $250,000 for creating and spreading the Ebury botnet.

Food court: Arby's reportedly faces 8 lawsuits resulting from breach

Fast-foot chain Arby's is now facing a total of eight lawsuits stemming from a data breach that was discovered in February and affected around 1,000 locations, the AP has reported.

U.S. expected to charge North Korea for role in Bangladesh Bank digital heist

U.S. prosecutors are reportedly building a case against Nort. Korea to examine the nation's potential role in the 2016 Bangladesh Bank digital heist

Cybercrime Blotter: Kolypto hacker pleads guilty to his role as Citadel malware co-developer

Russian national Mark Vartanyan pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of computer fraud in related to his role in co-developing and distributing Citadel malware under the hacker alias Kolypto.

Alleged Silk Road admin to be extradited to U.S. despite Asperger's

An alleged Silk Road administrator's appeal against extradition has been dismissed in an Irish court, despite suffering from Asperger's syndrome and depression.

Waymo sues Uber and subsidiary Otto over alleged digital theft of intellectual property

Autonomous car developer Waymo has filed suit against Uber and its subsidiary Otto for theft of trade secrets and patent infringement, alleging that Otto's founder Anthony Levandowski stole IP from Waymo while he was still an employee there.

A dish served cold: Chef Gordon Ramsay's in-laws charged with computer hacking

London's Metropolitan Police Service has charged four in-laws of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, including the famous curmudgeon's father-in-law, with computer hacking.

Lawsuit claims employee who moved to rival firm stole confidential info

In the ongoing antitrust case brought against Ticketmaster by rival SongKick, Ticketmaster is accused of using information stolen from SongKick by ex-employee.

Cybercrime Blotter: 'Snowshoe spammer' faces flurry of fraud charges

Scottsdale, Arizona resident Michael Persaud has been indicted on federal fraud charges in Illinois for sending more than a million spam emails worldwide by abusing at least nine separate computer networks.

Confusion, theories abound as Russia stays silent on cybersecurity treason arrests

Following the arrests of four cyber experts in Russia on treason charges, conflicting theories have emerged, as observers speculate if the case is connected to the hacking of U.S. political institutions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Cybercrime Blotter: Man arrested for spoofing CEO's email, stealing $566,000 from Kansas county

George James, a Brookhaven, Georgia man, was arrested after allegedly sending a spoofed email that tricked county employees in Kansas into transferring $566,000 into his corporate bank account.

Attorney files civil litigation against Chicago for use of stingrays without warrant

An attorney has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and members of the Chicago Police Department, alleging that their warrantless use of stingrays on individuals attending a 2015 protest was a violation of rights.

Woman sues to have her name removed from search engines

A New York City woman, who was victimized by revenge porn, has taken the unprecedented step of suing the three major search engines to permanently delete her name from their systems.

EU's privacy statutes preclude U.K.'s data retention legislation, court rules

The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the U.K.'s Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 is invalidated by European Union statutes that protect citizens from the indiscriminate collection and retention of electronic data.