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Privacy group sues DoJ over 'digital strip search' data

A privacy group has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice for allegedly failing to disclose information about the use of devices that capture black 'n' white images of people stripped naked. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) brought the suit against the DoJ in the US District Court of Columbia late …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Dec 2009

The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

The US Department of Justice, fresh from its ebook price-fixing victory over Apple, has proposed a sweeping array of restrictions on Cupertino's content-peddling iTunes Store, along with the appointment of a watchdog to keep an eye on Apple's compliance. "Under the department's proposed order, Apple's illegal conduct will cease …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

Employees at top Silicon Valley companies can sue bosses accused of entering a secret pact that kept salaries down, a judge in California has ruled. The lawsuit claims that between 2005 and 2007 Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm entered into non-compete agreements to end the practice of poaching of staff …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2014
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Oracle whacked by DoJ complaint

An industry group of 130 hardware maintenance providers has complained to the Department of Justice that they've been unfairly squeezed since Larry Ellison bought Sun Microsystems. The Service Industry Association has been complaining about Oracle's tactics for some time, but has now written to the DoJ. The SIA said Oracle's …
John Oates, 18 Nov 2010

PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

Thirteen US defendants last week pleaded guilty to taking part in attacks by Anonymous against PayPal. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the accused had all admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber-attack against PayPal in December 2010 in protest against the payment processing firm's decision …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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Google talks book deal edits with DoJ

Google is in talks with the US Department of Justice over possible changes to its controversial Book Search settlement. As the $125m library-scanning settlement awaits court approval, the DoJ is known to be investigating the deal. And according to anonymous sources speaking with Bloomberg, Google has teamed up with the US …
Cade Metz, 17 Sep 2009
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Deutsche Telekom: 'FCC, DoJ didn't give AT&T deal a chance'

Deutsche Telekom, parent of T-Mobile USA, has hit out at US regulators over the collapse of its merger deal with AT&T in the US. AT&T and T-Mobile USA abandoned their planned marriage yesterday, a move that was no surprise after huge resistance from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. Both …
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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

A Vietnamese man has been charged in connection with a long-running scam involving the theft and resale of what the DoJ rather hiply refers to as the "fullz”* (personal information) of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, a Vietnamese national, was hit with a total of 15 charges, including conspiracy to commit …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
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DoJ cranks up Microhoo review

The US Department of Justice has expanded its review of the Microhoo search pact. According to Bloomberg, the DoJ has asked Microsoft and Yahoo! for more details on their Google-battling search deal, which still requires the agency's approval. Both Yahoo! and Microsoft confirmed the news with The Reg, with Redmond saying that …
Cade Metz, 11 Sep 2009
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Judge: Evidence will likely show Apple DID fix ebook prices

The US judge who will decide the ebook price fixing case has suggested the government will be able to show that Apple was part of the conspiracy, before the trial has even begun. In a somewhat unusual move, US District Judge Denise Cote said at a pretrial hearing that she thought the Department of Justice would be able to show …

US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a federal panel set up to advise the US government on policy, has published report concluding that the bulk collection of data on US citizens by the NSA is illegal and ineffective at stopping terrorism. "Based on the information provided to the board, including classified …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2014
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Fugitive Shadowcrew suspect hauled into US court... 9 YEARS on

US prosecutors have finally got their hands on a fugitive cybercrime suspect, nine years after the Bulgarian national was indicted (PDF) over his alleged involvement in the infamous Shadowcrew carding forum. Aleksi Kolarov, 30, appeared in a Newark, New Jersey court on Monday following his extradition from Paraguay last Friday. …
John Leyden, 02 Jul 2013

Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Four hackers in the US have pleaded guilty to misdemeanours after a judge questioned why prosecutors were attempting to press felony charges. The hackers, alleged to be part of hacktivist collective Anonymous, were allowed to plead guilty over the telephone to the charge of conspiring to intentionally cause damage to a protected …
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Cardslurping kingpin caged for 18 years over Carderplanet forum

A Ukrainian national who co-founded the infamous cybercrime marketplace CarderPlanet has been jailed for 18 years following a lengthy US legal process that ran for more than a decade. Roman Vega, 49, eventually pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit money laundering and access device fraud offences – but he was only …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013

Kim Dotcom claims entrapment by US authorities

Kim Dotcom says he is about to go on the offensive, after the news that some of the files prosecutors allege Megaupload.com knew were pirated and did not remove were only present because courts had asked they be retained to assist another investigation. Dotcom's new assault will be based on revelations that megaupload actively …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2012
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Apple slaps a passcode lock on iOS 8 devices, but cops can still inhale your iCloud

Improved security features in iOS 8 prevent Apple from unlocking phones – even when requested to by law enforcement. But search warrant-holding cops can still get almost everything through iCloud backups, according to ElcomSoft. The consumer device manufacturer's attempts at upgrading iOS encryption to "defeat lawful search …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2014
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DoJ Java questions delay Oracle's Sun buffet

Concerns over Java could end up delaying a fast-track acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reported to have asked the companies for more information about the licensing of Java, before giving its seal of approval to the deal. Sun and Oracle had hoped for approval by June 26, so that …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2009
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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

Apple has claimed that ruling against it in its ebook price-fixing trial will have a "chilling effect" on how businesses enter new markets. The fruity firm's legal beagle, Orin Snyder, said in closing arguments of the proceedings in New York that finding Apple guilty would "send shudders through the business community", …

Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

The FBI and the US Department of Justice have unsealed charges against nine people accused of racketeering, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft, and multiple counts of bank fraud related to their use of the Zeus malware against victims in the state of Nebraska. "The 'Zeus' malware is one of the most damaging pieces of …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2014
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DoJ hits LCD vendor with price fixing charge

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a Federal Grand Jury had returned a "superseding indictment" against AU Optronics Corp, its Houston subsidiary, and six of its executives. The agency charges "that AU Optronics Corporation participated in a conspiracy to fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels sold worldwide from Sept …
Joe Fay, 11 Jun 2010
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DoJ hires Mickey Mouse lawyer for Google probe

The Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss from private practice to head up a probe into Google's advertising business. Sandy M Litvack ran the DoJ's antitrust division under President Jimmy Carter. He left in early 1981. Litvack was working as a partner at private law firm Hogan and Hartson for both plaintiffs …
John Oates, 09 Sep 2008

US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. The next step in the deal's finalization will up to the EU, which has said that it will issue its decision this Wednesday. The DOJ's go-ahead came in the form of a notice, released Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013

Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

Now Acer is suing Toshiba, Samsung and others in a California court over optical disk product price fixing - just a day after HP sued Tosh, Samsung and LG over the same thing. As reported by Bloomberg, the HP lawsuit, filed in Houston, claims the three CD, DVD and Blu-Ray optical disk makers operated an effective cartel from …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
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DoJ objects to (revised) Googlebooks pact

The US Department of Justice is still concerned that Google's $125m book-scanning settlement conflicts with class-action, copyright, and antitrust law, even after Google and American authors and publishers negotiated changes to the pact meant to appease its critics. "Despite the commendable efforts of the parties to improve upon …
Cade Metz, 05 Feb 2010

STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

The "smoking gun" Steve Jobs email that US prosecutors hope will nail Apple at its ebook price-fixing trial was NOT sent by the doomed biz baron, lawyers claim. The fruity firm has been defending itself against allegations that it conspired to artificially hike the prices of digital tomes sold through its iTunes store. The US …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2013
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DoJ probes reviews US telecom powers

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has begun looking into whether US telecom giants are abusing their growing market powers. According to a report published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, the inquiry is merely a preliminary review, falling short of a full-fledged investigation into anti-competitive practices. The review …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jul 2009

Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

The FBI has released a wanted notice for 30-year-old Russian national Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, whom they allege to be the mastermind behind both the Gameover ZeuS and the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. A US indictment has been unsealed against the suspect following an FBI-led takedown operation that disrupted …
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2014
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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is offering a $5m bounty to anyone who can prove corruption by the Feds or Hollywood studios to help him defend against the online piracy case against him. Dotcom tweeted that his case was “unfair” and he was offering the cash to anyone who wanted to blow the whistle on the authorities. My case is …

Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

A series of secret pacts among some of the biggest employers in Silicon Valley to cheat their staffers could turn out to be a rather expensive mistake, with Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe now agreeing to settle the antitrust class-action lawsuit out of court. "This is an excellent resolution of the case that will benefit class …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014
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DoJ steps up Google Books probe

The US Department of Justice is deepening its investigation into Google's Book deal. The search giant has scanned some seven million books since 2004 and last year made a $125m settlement with the Association of American Publishers and the Author's Guild over copyright concerns. The agreement allows authors to either claim a …
John Oates, 10 Jun 2009

Feds charge four in GLOBAL Silk Road METH RING case

American prosecutors have charged four people with selling crystal meth through the defunct online drugs market Silk Road. The US Attorney for the District of Oregon, Amanda Marshall, indicted the three men and one woman over allegations they were involved in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine over the internet. She also …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Dec 2013
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DoJ alerts US citizens to spam attack

The US Department of Justice has issued a warning to the public urging them not to respond to a bogus email that purports to be from the DoJ. In a statement on its website, the DoJ said it learned of the email after several complaints from worried citizens who had been apparently targeted by the hoax, which could lead to a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2007
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Murky world of recruitment gets DoJ probe

The US Justice Department is investigating Google, Yahoo!, Apple and Genentech to see if their employment practices break US competition laws. The investigation is believed to be industry-wide. Tech firms are infamous for tying senior staff to contracts that preclude them from working for competitors for set periods of time. …
John Oates, 03 Jun 2009
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US DoJ investigates IBM mainframe biz

The US Department of Justice has opened an investigation into IBM's mainframe business at the instigation of the CCIA. The move means IBM faces the prospect of competitions probes from both sides of the Atlantic, after rack server company t3 filed a complaint with the EU over IBM's mainframe business practices back in January. …
Joe Fay, 08 Oct 2009

Canada rejects US bid for Megaupload info, kind of

As the Megaupload cases in New Zealand and America grind on, the Department of Justice has been handed a small rebuff in Canada, with an Ontario court rejected its request for access to all data on servers seized in that country. Michael Geist reports that the judgment was handed down last week. Thirty-two servers were seized …
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Apple in Big Apple dock: iPhone goliath starts ebook price-fix trial

Apple goes on trial today as the last man standing against charges of ebook price fixing brought by the US government. Only Apple has refused to settle the case brought by the Department of Justice, which alleges that Cupertino colluded with five publishers to fix the price of ebooks in order to boost its margins and boot Amazon …
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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

Mega mogul Kim Dotcom says he's "in tears" after a Dutch hosting company wiped data from servers formerly used by his now-defunct Megaupload business, an act that he claims destroyed "critical evidence" in his long-running legal battle with the US government. On Wednesday, Dotcom took to his Twitter feed – his favorite …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2013
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Police accuse Reuters hack of helping Anonymous hackers

The Department of Justice has charged the deputy social media editor of Reuters with helping hackers from Anonymous gain access to the main servers of the Tribune Company in 2010 so that they could deface news sites. Matthew Keys, 26, is accused of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2013
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Hey, tech titans! Those smartmobe sales bans? Give it a rest. NOW

Companies can only ban the sales of rival products using patents essential to communications standards in rare and specific cases. That's the latest common-sense thinking from the US Justice Department and the US Patent Office. The two bodies have taken the unusual step of releasing a joint policy statement on standards- …
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DoJ urges court to reject (unedited) Googlebooks pact

The US Department of Justice has advised a federal court to reject Google's $125m book-scanning settlement with American authors and publishers, citing concerns over class action, copyright, and antitrust law. But in the same legal breath, it urged the parties involved in the case to continue discussions intended to alleviate …
Cade Metz, 19 Sep 2009
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EMC faces DoJ probe

EMC is facing a DoJ investigation. The disk storage and software maker recently filed its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in that report, it said that the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into two different sets of allegations that some unknown …
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Amazon.com hacking suspect 'cuffed in Cyprus

A Russian man thought to be connected to a series of denial-of-service attacks against Amazon in 2008 has been arrested in Cyprus. The US Attorney's Office said Dmitry Olegovich Zubakha, 25, from Moscow, Russia, is also suspected of running DDoS attacks against Priceline.com and eBay. He stands accused of aggravated identity …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2012
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DoJ ends Apple backdating probe

The US Justice Department has withdrawn its probe into illegal backdated stock options at Apple, and will not bring charges against Steve Jobs and other executives, according to reports. Neither Apple nor the DoJ has yet announced the end of the criminal investigation, but attorneys in the case told Reuters and The Wall Street …
Austin Modine, 10 Jul 2008
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eBay hit with antitrust suit over hiring practices

The US Department of Justice and the State of California both filed suit against eBay on Friday, alleging that the online marketplace entered into an illegal, anticompetitive hiring pact with tax and financial software maker Intuit. As reported by Bloomberg, the lawsuit charges eBay with developing an "evolving handshake" …
Neil McAllister, 17 Nov 2012

Tech giants CAN disclose US spooks' data demands - but with heavy restrictions

Apple has announced that it received less than 250 requests for data from US intelligence agencies in the first half of last year after the Obama administration slightly loosened restrictions on disclosing spooks' data requests. After months of negotiations between the Obama administration and tech firms, from Yahoo! to Facebook …
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DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

The US Department of Justice is to open a formal investigation into Yahoo!'s partnership with Google, fearing it will reduce competition in the online advertising market. The DoJ is preparing demands for information for executives at both companies and also from rival online advertising firms. The department was already looking …
John Oates, 02 Jul 2008
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Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

Apple is back in court this Friday to contest the punishment it received in the US ebooks pricing trial. The government has tried to show how serious it is in several ways. Firstly, it ruled that Apple had to end its contracts with the five publishers and be prevented for five years from entering contracts that the Justice …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Aug 2013
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US DoJ probes SRAM pricing cartel claim?

The US Department of Justice's antitrust division is to probe the SRAM market, it has emerged. Yesterday, Cypress Semiconductor announced it was co-operating with the enquiry, and would "make available employees, documents and all other relevant information" to DoJ investigators. And today Samsung was quoted by the South Korean …
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2006
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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

Apple conspired with publishers to increase ebooks prices, costing readers “hundreds of millions of dollars”, an antitrust trial heard yesterday. In opening arguments reported by Reuters and others, Lawrence Buterman, a lawyer at the US Department of Justice, claimed Apple offered publishers a means to raise their prices from …

US DoJ probes GPU biz antitrust allegations

The US Department of Justice is investigating claims of anti-trust activity in the graphics chip and add-in card markets, it has emerged. AMD yesterday said it had been subpoena'd by the DoJ as a result of its acquisition of ATI. The chip maker stressed the DoJ has not made any specific allegations against it or against ATI. It …
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2006