Posts Tagged ‘legal’

Rule 41 changes pass – long live legalized electronic eavesdropping of all Americans!

// November 30th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The new Rule 41 dictate is going to be law and it’s a doozy, both mind-boggling (for its stupidity) and stomach-churning (for its stupidity) at the same time. Effectively, what the law does is allow any judge, anywhere (including Podunk, Texas), to grant a warrant for electronic surveillance of any US citizen. If you thought […]

New law will grant FBI authority to crack your Tor/VPN connection – it’s time to up your game

// September 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

If a recent DOJ proposal to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure passes, granting the FBI the legal right to crack your Tor or VPN connection, you might have to be even more cautious – to the point of keeping up with file checksum/hashes to determine if you’ve been compromised, routinely […]

Does anyone remember Barrett Brown?

// September 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

I’ve written about Mr. Brown several times before. Barrett Brown is the guy that the government tagged as the “voice of Anonymous”, the young man that suffered a tragedy of injustice from charges that most feel were laughable at best and fragrantly unjust and illegal at worst. Lest we forget (and history repeat itself), let’s […]

Winds of change – Britain toughens up cyberattack laws – life sentences for some hackers

// June 5th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The UK government has said it wants to hand out life sentences to anyone found guilty of a cyberattack that results in loss of life, serious illness, serious injury, or serious damage to national security (or a “significant risk thereof”. The plan, which frighteningly, is broadly written, is proposed as an update to Britain’s Computer […]

Snowden leaks prompt talk of constraint on NSA practices – Traitor? He’s a National Hero!

// August 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Spy? Traitor? How about “National Hero”. The United States wants to label Edward Snowden a “spy” and “traitor” for revealing NSA practices to the American public. The leaks from Edward Snowden regarding the unscrupulous data collection practices of the National Security Agency prompted a US scramble to plug the leak and stem the tide of […]

Tango Tor down – U.S. authorities take down world’s largest Deep Web host (and dose Tor with uncloaking malware)

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Word has hit the streets that the FBI has arrested Eric Eoin Marquesm the alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, the largest Deep Web hosting platform on the planet. The arrest was made in Ireland with the takedown reportedly disrupting the entire Tor network which is, sadly, the home of the majority of all illegal online […]

China’s bizarre Nail Houses – when owners refuse to move, construction projects build around them

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Chinese nail house in middle of highway - Wenling, China, 2012

The Chinese call them “nail houses”, a home whose resident has refused to leave in order to make way for new construction. Rather than cease development, builders simply build around the home, often using innovative, but visually unpleasant, means to continue construction unabated. The term nail house is a pun coined by construction workers and […]

Apple and several book publishers nailed for conspiring to raise ebook prices

// July 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

In a decision that could reshape how e-books (and wishfully, digital music) are sold on the Internet, a federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that Apple Inc conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books in violation of antitrust law, and has called for a trial on damages. Apple had been accused of colluding with […]

Bloomberg drops bombshell – tech companies give zero-day exploits to U.S. before making them public

// June 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

We knew for sure that foreign companies collect zero-day vulnerabilities, often paying a pretty-penny for the exploit, and were fairly certain that the NSA did the same. What we did not know however, was that tech companies freely *give* or sell their zero-day exploit vulnerability details to the United States government. Bloomberg dropped the bombshell […]

Dubai police force equipped with Lamborghini police cars

// April 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment News

When you’ve got tons of money derived from a limited resource that will one day run out, what do you do with it? Spend it like there’s no tomorrow! Dubai has equipped their police force with $400,000 Italian-made Lamborghini Aventador sports cars retrofitted with Dubai police insignias and colorful lights. Lamborghini, an affiliate of the […]

U.S. government gets even dopier with new Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) – really? [UPDATE]

// April 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security lock in network

The House Intelligence committee is currently working to amend the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) whose stated aim is to “help the U.S government investigate cyber threats and ensure the security of networks against cyberattack”. Yes, the government that has already proven they cannot protect its citizens from cybersecurity threats now wants to […]

Steve Jobs yacht impounded for non-payment of bill

// December 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Steve Jobs’ brand new yacht, that he never lived to see completed, has been impounded for non-payment of the bill. The dispute revolves around differing valuations of the yacht – the builder believes it is valued at $198 million while the Jobs family believes it is valued at only $139 million. The designer believes he […]

Instagram suicide note (new legal TOS): we have the right to sell your photos to the highest bidder

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Instagram is changing its terms of use in January and eagle legal eyes spotted a section that pointedly states that if you use the Instagram service, you agree to grant Instagram the right to license and sell your personal pictures to other businesses “without any compensation to you”. Users of the service are outraged. The […]

Austrian Tor operator arrested for child pornography transmitted through his Tor exit node

// November 30th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Hacking and Security

Even though we’ve warned about the dangers of running a TOR exit node, this is a bit alarming. William Weber, a 20-year-old IT administrator in Graz, Austria, has been charged with distribution of child pornography for kiddie porn that was transmitted through a TOR exit node he was running. During the raid, police confiscated around […]

U.N. plans to seize bigger role in Internet governance – seeks to pass control to oppressive governments

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

This weekend, the U.N. plans to seize a bigger role in Internet governance, one that would pass control of citizen’s Internet access to the nations’ governments, including oppressive governments such as Russia, China, and North Korea. Strongly backed by China and Russia, the meeting and its proposals are being withheld from public view while the […]

LulzSec hacker threatened with 30 years to life if convicted on all counts

// November 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Jeremy Hammond, better known in the hacker world as “Anarchaos,” “sup_g,” “burn,” “yohoho,” “POW,” “tylerknowsthis,” and “crediblethreat,” has been held without bail since his arrest in March on charges connected with the 2011 hacking of Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), an Austin, Texas-based international intelligence broker. Hammond and other LulzSec hackers face indictments charging them with conspiracy […]