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Judge torpedoes 'Tor pedo' torpedo evidence

A US District Court judge has tossed out evidence gathered by the FBI from Tor users, because the Feds wouldn't reveal how exactly it exploit their browsers to unmask them. Jay Michaud, a Vancouver school administration worker, was charged with viewing a hidden service called Playpen, which hosted child abuse material, on the …
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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

Google's office in central Paris was raided this morning by police, directed by French financial officials, over alleged underpayment of taxes. More than 100 investigators and five magistrates were involved in the raid, which happened shortly after 5am on Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. This has been confirmed to The …
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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

Apple, your iPhones are making phone calls so we're suing you: that's the substance of the latest round of patent-trolling attempt against Cupertino. The patent accumulator in the case is Texas-based Corydoras Technologies (its filing explains that it's a subsidiary of Japanese company Anubias Technologies). Its sueball …
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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

The CIA says that it accidentally deleted a report at the heart of a Senate investigation into the agency's use of torture. A report from Yahoo! news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016

Verisign settles .security XYZ lawsuit

Operator of the dot-com registry and two root servers, Verisign, has settled one of its two lawsuits against upstart .XYZ. CEO of XYZ, David Negari announced the news in an update on his personal blog. The unusual wording of the update was clearly a part of the settlement, with Negari noting that his company's actions had " …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016

Uncle Sam tells Verizon and worker unions to settle spat

The US Department of Labor (DOL) said it is now working with Verizon and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) to negotiate an end to a worker strike that is entering its second month. On Sunday Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez had a sit-down meeting with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, CWA president Chris Shelton, and …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2016
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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

The European Commission may impose its largest ever fine on a company for misbehaving - and for Alphabet's Google, it could just be the start. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Commission is considering a fine “in the region of €3bn” for Google’s anti-competitive search practices - or around half of Google’s European …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2016
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Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

US telecoms giant Verizon is once again facing government scrutiny for a rollout of its network services in a major US city. The city of Philadelphia mayor's office has put out an open call to citizens asking if they have the ability to get Verizon FiOS, its fastest home fiber service. The campaign is part of an effort by …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2016
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Groupon fires patent suit at IBM

IBM has been taken to court by online marketplace Groupon over claimed patent violation. Groupon filed a counter claim on Monday in a court in Chicago after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in an earlier, separate suit. The online marketplace is reported to have targeted IBM’s WebSphere Commerce platform. Its claim …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2016
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NCA decryption refused

An application to force accused hacker Lauri Love to provide his decryption keys to the National Crime Agency has been declined in court. The decision was handed down in Westminster Magistrates' Court a few minutes ago. The Register's analysis is to follow. ® Man shouting the news from a rolled up newspaper
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Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

Whether it likes it or not, the Republic of Ireland has become a battleground between the EU and US legal systems – and between those two mighty forces and the forces of American mega corporations. It is in Ireland, where servers operated by Microsoft reside, that the US Department of Justice has demanded it has the right to …
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EMC says Pure Storage dedupe is both in-line and post-process

EMC has won $14m in damages because Pure, it claimed, infringed its patented inline deduplication – yet it is also claiming Pure’s deduplication is not inline in a “Pure Top Ten Lies” document. According to Pure, Hopkinton is arguing in a Massachusetts District Court case1 concerning recruitment of EMC employees by Pure, that …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016

Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

Comment Ireland has repeatedly been in the spotlight for its favourable and controversial tax incentives - which have attracted numerous large tech companies to its shores. However, the country has also been accused of being less than transparent in some of its tax arrangements. The European Commission is currently investigating the …
Kat Hall, 09 May 2016

Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

Yieldify, the Google Ventures-backed startup accused of stealing code from British adtech company Bounce Exchange, has been making some unusual friends. Yieldify has acquired an ancient web patent from III Holdings which was first filed in 2007. III Holdings is better known as Inside Intellectual Ventures, co-founded by Nathan …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer. A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on Twitch.tv, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

A 21-year-old woman has appeared in court in Sydney accused of taking advantage of a Westpac Bank glitch which saw her accidentally granted an unlimited overdraft against which she allegedly withdrew AU$4.6m, "part of which she spent on luxury handbags", as news.com.au puts it. Chemical engineering student Christine Jiaxin Lee …
Lester Haines, 05 May 2016

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

Police in Maryland, US, used controversial cellphone-tracking technology intended only for the most serious crimes to track down a man who stole $50 of chicken wings. Police in Annapolis – an hour's drive from the heart of government in Washington DC – used a StingRay cell tower simulator in an effort to find the location of a …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016
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Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

A US federal court has ruled against Amazon in its case with the FTC over youngsters breaking the bank with in-app purchases. The Seattle US Western District Court found the retail giant liable for charges children had racked up making in-game purchases on their parents' mobile devices without requiring the proper …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2016
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Dell kills CRT suit

Dell has dropped an eight-year-long price-fixing lawsuit against LG. The two sides have filed in a Northern California District Court to end the case, in which Dell accused LG of illegally conspiring with other CRT monitor makers to hike up prices in the late 1990s. Each side will pay their own costs for the case. LG had been …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2016
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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

Kent Police has been fined £80k by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after sensitive personal details of a woman who accused her partner of domestic abuse were passed to the suspect, who was a police officer. According to the ICO, the copper's solicitor was handed the entire contents of the complainant’s mobile phone …
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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

A ruling by a US federal judge could unravel as many as 1,200 criminal prosecutions of alleged pedophiles by the FBI. Massachusetts District Court Judge William Young today declared that the magistrate judge who issued a warrant authorizing the FBI to infect suspects' PCs with tracking malware lacked the proper authority to do …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2016
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Apple ends Siri patent suit

Apple will pay $25m to settle a lawsuit over its Siri assistant. The iOS personal assistant was accused of violating a patent licensed by Dynamic Advances. Under the terms of the deal, Apple will pay Dynamic Advances (and the patent holder, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute) $25m in licensing fees, in exchange for the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016
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Security researcher to IBM: 'Fix that 2013 Java bug'

A security researcher that pointed out serious Java Runtime Engine vulnerabilities to IBM in 2013 has accused Big Blue of not fixing the bugs properly. The gist of this Full Disclosure post is that back in 2013, IBM closed off the proof-of-concept attack without considering all possible code paths to the vulnerability. The …
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UK Government Digital Service links with Australia's Digital Transformation Office

Exclusive The United Kingdom's Government Digital Service (GDS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia's Digital Transformation Office (DTO), under which the two organisations will share expertise and staff. Australia's DTO is unashamedly modelled on the GDS: when launching the agency Australian prime minister …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2016

Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the CEO of Texas server manufacturer Servergy, one of its board members, and the state's Attorney General with fraud over claims of revolutionary low-powered computer hardware. The SEC alleges that between 2009 and 2013 Servergy's then-CEO William Mapp misled …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2016
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Lotto 'jackpot fix' code

The Multi-State Lottery's former IT security boss Eddie Tipton smuggled code onto lotto machines that allowed him to predict the numbers drawn on certain days of the month. That's according to investigators in Iowa this week. In July, Tipton was found guilty of fraud in the US state, and was sent down for ten years, for …
Chris Williams, 08 Apr 2016
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Court drops IBM's costs on Queensland government

The long-running legal stoush between IBM and the Queensland state government is genuinely, finally, truly over, and the government has to pay Big Blue's costs. Sueballs have been flying between Big Blue and Queensland for years, over a Department of Health payroll system rollout that turned into a disaster: what was supposed …

Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

Apple is reportedly facing a €48.5m (US$55.3m) suit claiming it violated anti-trust rules in France. A report from the local BFM Business [in French] claims that the Cupertino electronics giant leveraged French mobile phone carriers into deals that were unfairly weighted in Apple's favor. The report claims the nation's …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016
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George Bush naked selfie hacker Guccifer gets his day in US court

Marcel Lehel Lazăr, 44, who as the hacker Guccifer published the email account contents of senior US political figures, has appeared for the first time in a US court. The indictment claims that between December 2012 and January 2014, Lazăr used publicly available information and guesswork to get into email accounts via …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2016

Yahoo! Starts! Sale! Process! To! Fend! Off! Starboard!

Yahoo! has been accused of getting serious about the contentious slow-motion train wreck that is its sale process. The Wall Street Journal reckons the recent threat by activist investor Starboard to sack the board of directors has had its intended effect. The Purple Palace has now set a bid deadline of April 11, for …
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East Coast: Verizon on the hook for landline hikes. West Coast: AT&T denies hooking $100m for 10Mbps broadband

AT&T and Verizon are taking heat on opposite sides of the US over their networks. In California, AT&T is said to be pursuing a deal that would pay the telecom giant $100m to hook virtually the entire state up to "broadband" internet. California Assembly Bill 2130 will allow the state to fund the expansion of broadband networks …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2016
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Arista takes on the network big boys with switchin 'n' routing gear

Arista is taking on the big boys of Cisco and Juniper with its new switching and routing platform for cloud service providers and enterprise data centres. The Arista 7500R “universal spine” device combines the functions of a high speed modular switch and a router. It is based on Broadcom’s “Jericho” silicon enhanced with …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2016
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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

The Oracle v. Google fight over Java took a couple of twists just before the Easter weekend. The database giant now reckons it is owed up to $9.3bn in copyright-infringement damages for Android's use of Java. Meanwhile, the judge in the trial wants to ban Oracle and Google lawyers from scouring jurors' social network profiles …
Chris Williams, 28 Mar 2016
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Uber explains itself after 'moving the goalposts' on its new bug bounties

It has been less than a week since Uber launched its bug bounty program and already security researchers are calling foul. The taxi app biz teamed up with HackerOne to run the scheme, which promises to pay out up to $10,000 for bugs, and 10 per cent loyalty bonus on top of that for those who submit five bugs or more. So …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016
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London's $40m 'flash crash' trader is to face extradition to the US

Navinder Singh Sarao, the man accused of causing the stock market “flash crash” in 2010 has lost his court battle against extradition to the US. In 2010 Sarao, 36, was alleged to have knocked $40m (£28m) off the financial markets. He traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from his parents' home near Heathrow. He is …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2016
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EMC mulled a Pure Storage buyout amid patent sueball tennis

Three months before EMC bought DSSD in May 2014, the storage goliath was thinking about buying Pure Storage. EMC even admitted in emails that its rival would always win out in head-to-head proof-of-concept de-dupe battles. This is according to internal emails disclosed during EMC's patent infringement lawsuit against Pure …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2016

The bill for Home Depot after its sales registers were hacked: $19.5m

Home Depot will pay at least $19.5m in compensation to the 50 million customers hit by hackers who infiltrated the chain's sales tills in 2014. The US home improvement warehouse will create a $13m fund to reimburse shoppers and spend a further $6.5m providing a year's worth of identity protection for those impacted. Those are …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2016
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Pure swats away EMC patent punch, mulls $14m verdict appeal

Pure Storage has been given a mild slap on the wrist for infringing part of an EMC-owned patent describing deduplication. Mountain View-based Pure was accused of trampling over five EMC patents covering dedupe and RAID technology back in November 2013. The dispute went to a Delaware district court, and then to a jury trial …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016

Michigan shooter says 'mind controlling' Uber app told him to kill

The man accused of killing six people during a shooting rampage in Michigan last month says an "artificial intelligence" controlled by the Uber mobile app was to blame. 45-year-old loon Jason Dalton stands accused of committing a series of murders in the city of Kalamazoo on the night of February 20th, accepting ride fares …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2016

Boss of classified ad website Backpage.com faces first contempt of Congress in 20 years

The CEO of Craigslist-style classified ad website Backpage.com may be the first person in 20 years to be found in contempt of US Congress. Carl Ferrer was subpoenaed by a Senate subcommittee back in October to answer questions over allegations that his site was responsible for nearly three-quarters of all reported child sex …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Mar 2016
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Shock: Russian court says Russian court is right in slapping down Google monopoly

An arbitration court in Russia has upheld an earlier decision that could see Google banned from bundling its stuff on Android gear. The Moscow Arbitration Court said in a brief statement that it would uphold the 2015 ruling from the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) that Google abused its monopoly powers in Russia by forcing …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Mar 2016
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Beleaguered bank boss brought-up in Bitcoin bribery brouhaha

The head of a New Jersey credit union has been accused of turning control of his bank over to the operators of an alleged illegal Bitcoin exchange. On Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Trevon Gross, the once-chairman of the HOPE Credit Union, with taking a $150,000 bribe from the operators of the coin.mx …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2016

Google overlord Eric Schmidt to run Pentagon advisory board

RSA 2016 Eric Schmidt is off to the Pentagon to marry up pampered Silicon Valley brains and the US military's obsession with violence. Specifically, the exec chairman of Google-owner Alphabet will head up the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the RSA audience in San Francisco this week that the …

Activist investor tells dot-word biz to sell off 'garbage' new domains

One of the biggest names in the domain name market, Rightside, has been hit with a broadside from an activist investor. J Carlo Cannell, who owns 7 per cent of the public company through his Cannell Capital company, filed an extraordinary and at times abusive letter with the SEC in which he outlined his frustration with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Mar 2016
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Former Systemax execs ordered to repay $35m to the biz

Two brothers who held high office at Systemax before being found guilty of perpetrating a multi-million pound swindle have been ordered to repay $35m to the company. Gilbert and Carl Fiorentino were sentenced in March 2015 to five and six years behind bars respectively for masterminding a $27m fraud at the reseller and one- …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2016
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SEC: Qualcomm hired relatives of Chinese officials to seal biz deals

Qualcomm has coughed up some cash after it was accused of bribing Chinese officials by giving their relatives plum jobs. The California chip designer today settled out of court with US financial watchdog the SEC for $7.5m. The deal ends an embarrassing investigation into claims the company broke the Foreign Corrupt Practices …
Chris Williams, 02 Mar 2016

Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

Donald Trump has belched out another technology-related thought bubble, this time puffing in the direction of Amazon.com and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. At a campaign rally in Texas over the weekend, The Donald said “I have respect for Jeff Bezos but he bought The Washington Post to have political influence.” “And I …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Feb 2016

European Patent Office still in nosedive as union denies reaching deal

The Staff Union of the European Patent Office (SUEPO) has denied it is prepared a sign a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between it and the patent organization – saying the document still contains significant flaws. If true, the EPO – which examines and grants patent applications that are then applicable across Europe – …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Feb 2016