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Tesla allegedly spied on and ran smear campaign on a whistleblower

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A former security manager told Bloomberg Businessweek that Tesla hacked, spied on, and engaged in a smear campaign against whistleblower Martin Tripp. Sean Gouthro, a former security manager at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, claimed Elon Musk personally hired Tesla investigators to hack into an employee’s phone, spy on his messages, and even mislead police about a…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Break up big tech to promote privacy and competition

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is calling for the break up of big tech companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook and even Apple. Citing weak antitrust enforcement leading to a dramatic reduction in competition and innovation in the tech sector, on Friday, the Massachusetts Democrat released an op-ed arguing for the break up of the tech giants…

Facebook sues app makers over browser extensions that allegedly scraped user data

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Facebook has filed a lawsuit against two Ukrainian men accused of creating fraudulent quiz applications that tricked users into installing malicious browser extensions. These extensions allegedly scraped information from users’ social media pages and injected unapproved advertisements when users would visit various social networking sites, including Facebook. As reported in The Verge, Facebook filed the…

Sonic hit by $5 million suit over 2017 data breach

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The drive-in fast food chain Sonic is being sued by the American Airlines Federal Credit Union for $5 million in an attempt to recoup money the credit union lost due to Sonic’s data breach in 2017. American Airlines Federal Credit Union said because of the attack it incurred losses by having to cancel or reissue…

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NeverQuest malware author pleads guilty in U.S. court

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Stanislav Lisov, a 33-year-old Russian national who created the NeverQuest banking trojan, pleaded guilty in a Manhattan federal court. Lisov a.k.a “Black,” a.k.a “Blackf,” copped to one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking for his role in creating the family of banking trojans responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of attempts by hackers to…

California SIM swapping conviction reportedly may be a legal first

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Prosecutors in California have reportedly won what they believe to be the first-ever conviction for the act of SIM hijacking. Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old college student from Boston, pleaded guilty in a Santa Clara County courtroom last month to stealing over $5 million in cryptocurrency after taking over the phone numbers of roughly 40 individuals…

Judge rejects Yahoo’s data breach settlement proposal

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A federal judge in San Jose, California rejected Yahoo’s proposed data breach settlement offer faulting Yahoo’s lack of transparency, Yahoo’s proposed a $50 million payout, plus two years of free credit monitoring for about 200 million people in the United States and Israel was rebuffed by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who said she couldn’t…

Ukrainian nationals charged with hacking SEC docs in $4.1 million scam

Ukrainian nationals charged with hacking SEC docs in $4.1 million scam

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The Department of Justice has charged two Ukrainian nationals for hacking into the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) computer system to steal confidential corporate information and sell it to the highest bidder or to make trades. Artem Radchenko and Oleksandr Ieremenko were charged in the United States Court District of New Jersey with securities fraud…

Feds flip El Chapo’s IT Consultant to gain drug lord’s encryption keys

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Dutch law enforcement intercepted the communications of Mexican drug suspected drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquín Guzmán, also known as “El Chapo,” after his IT consultant turned informant. Between April 2011 and January 2012 U.S. authorities captured a total of 1,500 calls, many of which originated from El Chapo, after his…

U.K. court sentences hacker for Mirai-based DDoS attack against Liberian telecom firm

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The British man who orchestrated a series of DDoS attacks that disrupted Internet access across the African nation of Liberia in November 2016 has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Daniel Kaye, 30, from Egham, Surrey, pleaded guilty last December of using botnets and stressors to bombard Liberian telecom provider Lonestar…

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