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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
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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) thinks Canonical, the curator of Ubuntu, has breached the Gnu General Public Licence (GPL). As the Conservancy explains, Canonical recently announced that Ubuntu 16.04 will “make OpenZFS available on every Ubuntu system. Canonical reckons that adding OpenZFS represents “one of the most …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2016
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Secret UN report finds against controversial WIPO chief

Exclusive UN investigators have delivered their report into allegations of illegal behaviour at the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The report remains secret but Register sources in Geneva suggest it has come down heavily against WIPO's director general Francis Gurry. The probe is being carried out by the UN's Organisation of …
John Oates, 22 Feb 2016

Lenovo, Qualcomm renew their solemn patent vows

Qualcomm and Lenovo have finished renegotiating their Chinese patent licensing agreement and sent the new document off to the government to be rubber-stamped. The two have had a partnership in China for some years, but Qualcomm had to re-cut its contracts in the Middle Kingdom to comply with a ruling by the country's National …
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Uber is bombarding us with painfully probing subpoenas, cries Lyft

Lyft has asked a judge to block taxi app rival Uber from using the courts to cunningly extract information about its operations. In a filing [PDF] to the Northern California District Court, Lyft asks that Uber be stopped from getting any further internal memos and other details using subpoenas. Uber filed the subpoenas while …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016

Arista cats hiss at Cisco, crack open the cream after bumper sales

Arista Networks has topped analyst expectations by posting a 40 per cent revenue jump in its latest quarterly returns. The networking company said the fourth quarter results put the cap on a "spectacular" 2015 that saw revenues spike even in the midst of an ongoing legal struggle against Cisco. "I have been pleased with the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016
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Bitcoin burrower biz Butterfly Labs billed $38m for 'bilking' buyers

Butterfly Labs has been told to cough up $38.6m after it was accused of taking orders for Bitcoin mining machines and – rather than shipping the equipment – using the gear to generate piles of cyber-currency for itself. The Kansas-based biz offered computer hardware optimized for mining BTC, and charged up to $30,000 for the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Feb 2016
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Marvell, Carnegie Mellon agree to slash disk drive chip patent check in half – to a mere $750m

Chipmaker Marvell has agreed to pay $750m to settle its long-running patent feud with Carnegie Mellon University. The two sides agreed to a settlement package to end a case that was due to be reheard by the Western Pennsylvania District Court on appeal after a US Appellate Court struck down an earlier ruling that would have …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2016

Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

Opinion Apple has recently released an open letter explaining why it will challenge a judicial order requiring it to hack the iPhone of one of the accused San Bernardino terrorists. As someone who believes in individual civil liberties and personal privacy above nearly all other considerations, my first instinct is to applaud Apple. …
Trevor Pott, 17 Feb 2016
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Uh-oh, no mo' dough to 'slow-mo' GoGo: American Airlines aims ammo at Wi-Fi pros

American Airlines has gone to court to ditch its in-flight Wi-Fi provider GoGo and find a better service elsewhere. The US airline has sued GoGo in Texas to trigger a termination clause in its contract with the air-to-ground broadband network. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, which covers American's home hub of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2016

Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

A 16-year-old Brit has been arrested for allegedly hacking the email account of CIA director John Brennan. The teenager is accused of hacking Brennan's personal email account and releasing some 40 sensitive documents that were contained within including a 47-page security clearance application for the director's current role …
Darren Pauli, 15 Feb 2016

FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its case against a pair of developers accused of purchasing an Android game and turning it into an adware faucet. The FTC said Ali Moiz and Murtaza Hussain, proprietors of software company Vulcun, have agreed to requirements that include gaining explicit user permission before …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2016
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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

US Senator Ted Cruz has accused the head of domain name overseer ICANN of being complicit in Chinese online censorship. In a letter [PDF] sent from the Republican presidential frontrunner to Fadi Chehade, Cruz and two other senators demanded that Chehade explain his decision to co-chair a Chinese internet governance initiative …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Feb 2016

International Trade Commission pens patent love letter to Cisco

The International Trade Commission has handed Cisco another gun to fire at antagonist Arista, finding that the latter violated three Cisco software patents. The patents in question cover router management (US 7,162,537), and private VLANs (US 6,741,592 and 7,200,145). Since Cisco reckons Arista's in violation of twelve …

Is security outfit Norse Corp dead or just temporarily TITSUP?

Security startup Norse Corp has gone ominously dark. The outfit, famous for picking scabs from FreeBSD and mesmerising users with a “live DDoS map”, isn't contactable on the Web right now. Early in January, The Register reported layoffs in the business, amounting to as much as half its staff at the time. Now, Brian Krebs …
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Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

Semiconductor company Future Technology Devices International (FTDI), which in 2014 was caught out bricking products built using knock-off chips, has again been accused of fooling around with device drivers. Back in October 2014, the company shipped a device driver that checked the authenticity of USB chips claiming to be FTDI …

Quadsys Five trial delayed yet again

The trial of five men from security reseller Quadsys, who all stand accused of fraud, was delayed yet again today. The men were charged last summer and attended a plea and case management hearing at Oxford Crown Court in December – but proceedings were held up until today's scheduled hearing, which was deferred by the court …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2016
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Alleged ISIL hacker faces US terror charges for doxing soldiers

A former computer science student accused of supporting the ISIL terrorist group has arrived in the US to face charges. 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi is charged with hacking crimes and providing support to a terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 35 years in federal prison. The US Department of Justice and FBI …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2016

TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

UK ISP TalkTalk is considering cutting ties with its Indian call center provider after three employees at the site were arrested for allegedly scamming customers. The budget telco said police in Kolkata have nabbed a trio of Wipro call center workers as part of an investigation into security practices. Wipro runs the customer …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jan 2016