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Kaspersky Lab renews threat sharing relationship with INTERPOL

Kaspersky Lab and Interpol announced on Thursday that they have signed a new cybercrime threat sharing pact that will strengthen the two organizations' collaborative relationship.

San Francisco sues Equifax over poor cybersecurity practices

San Francisco's city attorney filed a lawsuit against Equifax saying the credit monitoring firm failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Californian residents.

D.C. appeals court overturns conviction in warrantless stingray case

D.C. Court of Appeals ruled the use of stingrays, or cell-site simulators, without a warrant is unconstitutional on the grounds of violating the Fourth Amendment.

Justice Department: Google won't challenge overseas warrants

Google has silently stopped challenging most warrants from U.S. judges in cases involving data requests stored in overseas servers.

ACLU, EFF sue DHS over electronic device searches at border

The suit was filed on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident, most of them Muslim or people of color, whose devices were searched as they reentered the country after business or personal trips.

'Crackas With Attitude' member sentenced to in prison for government attacks

Justin G. Liverman, aka "D3F4ULT" of the "Crackas With Attitude" cybergang was sentenced to five years in prison.

Previously convicted Russian hacker pleads guilty to ID theft, fraud charges

Roman Seleznev, a convicted Russian hacker who in April 2017 was sentenced in a Washington State court to 27 years in federal prison, pleaded guilty last week to additional charges brought against him in the states of Nevada and Georgia.

21 EU members not complying with court ordered privacy rules: report

The global privacy advocacy group Privacy International has found that 21 European Union members continue to retain personal data despite going against both their own and EU legal mandates.

Sen. Shaheen pushes for government wide ban on Kaspersky software

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pushing for a federal government wide ban of security software developed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

American Pacific Mortgage files lawsuit against insurer to reclaim losses due to BEC attack

American Pacific Mortgage (APM) has filed a breach of contract suit against Aspen Specialty Insurance Company disputing the latter's decision to not cover losses incurred from a business email compromise attack.

Judge rules Fancy Bear APT must forfeit malicious domains to Microsoft

A federal district court judge in Virginia has granted Microsoft Corporation permission to seize domains that Russian APT group Fancy Bear has historically used to target the software giant and its users.

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.