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PIR saves millions in .org rebid

The non-profit that runs all .org domains and provides the bulk of the funding for the Internet Society and Internet Engineering Task Force has just saved itself millions of dollars a year. Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced Monday that it had re-selected Afilias as its backend operator after a nine-month retendering …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Nov 2016

Rhode Island sues HPE for making its DMV even more miserable

The US state of Rhode Island is suing Hewlett Packard Enterprise over a car-crash IT project to overhaul its vehicle licensing system. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed to the State Superior Court on Tuesday, the Rhode Island Department of Revenue and Department of Administration accused the enterprise giant of breaching contract on an …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2016

Take it away, ICANN: US States drop internet handover lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by four US states' attorneys general against the US government over the ICANN internet handover has been dropped. A notice of voluntary dismissal [pdf] was filed on Friday, two weeks after the lawsuit failed in its main goal of imposing a restraining order on the transition of the IANA contract to DNS …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2016

Transcripts: The crunch courtroom showdown to halt ICANN's internet power grab

Analysis Last week, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the transition of the internet's critical functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN. Just hours before the transition was scheduled to take place, district judge George C Hanks Jr ruled on a lawsuit brought by four states' attorneys general asking for an …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Oct 2016
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Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

A businessman from Essex, UK, has been jailed for six years for claiming back sales tax on computer memory sold overseas in a deception also known at carousel fraud. Robert Waterman funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a scam in which he pretended to trade memory sticks …
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Internet handover is go-go-go! ICANN to take IANA from US govt

The most significant change in the internet's functioning for a generation happened on 30 September at midnight. At 12.01am Washington DC time, the US government walked away from the IANA contract, which has defined how the internet has grown and been structured for nearly 20 years, and hand it over to non-profit organization …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Sep 2016

Google, Facebook etc rush to defend US govt in last-minute ICANN internet takeover lawsuit

A slew of internet organizations have come to the support of the US government in a last-minute lawsuit designed to prevent the handover of critical internet functions at midnight on Friday. The Internet Association – which represents Google, Amazon, Facebook et al – plus the Internet Society, Internet Infrastructure Coalition …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Sep 2016

Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

Four states' attorneys general have filed suit to prevent the transition of critical internet functions from the US government to non-profit ICANN this Friday. The lawsuit from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada seeks a temporary restraining order that would prevent the IANA contract from expiring on September 30. (If or when …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2016

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

Comment Google isn’t just interested in tracking you, or even very interested. Google tracks you with the defiant zeal of an obsessive stalker. What’s curious is that the American state seems almost as keen on the unfettered collection and use of location data as Google itself. Phones incorporated GPS silicon long before the iPhone …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2016

Someone (cough, cough VeriSign) just gave ICANN $135m for the rights to .web

An unnamed organization just paid $135m for the rights to sell ".web" domain names. This is three times the previous record of $45m for .shop, and seven times the average auction price for top-level domains. The massive price tag has raised eyebrows in the domain name industry, not least because one of the companies taking …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2016

Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

Google has, without fanfare, dropped its legal action that muzzled an investigation into the ad giant's conduct by the State of Mississippi. The state's elected attorney general, Democrat Jim Hood, has taken on Wall Street, the tobacco industry and the KKK, but even he must have been surprised by Google's 44-page restraining …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jul 2016
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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

Pic As the Windows 10 free upgrade period draws to a close, Microsoft is stepping up its operating system's nagware to full-screen takeovers. The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8. …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Jul 2016

Smart meter gag orders lifted

A court in Seattle, Washington, has thrown out a restraining order preventing activists from sharing public documents about the city's smart meter systems. The EFF says the King County court has agreed to strike both the restraining order and the injunction barring investigations site MuckRock from posting documents detailing …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2016

As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

The sysadmin-activist at the center of a bizarre legal battle over a smart meter network in Seattle, Washington, says he never expected a simple records request to turn into a lawsuit. Phil Mocek told The Register that when he asked Seattle City Light, a public power utility, to provide details on the designs and rollout of …
Shaun Nichols, 27 May 2016
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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

Smart meter makers are battling to keep Seattle's power grid designs under wraps – claiming that if the details are made public, they could be exploited by hackers to plunge the US city into darkness. Sysadmin-activist Phil Mocek requested documents from the city on its smart meter system under the Washington Public Records …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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Aurous shutters for good, will pay $3m damages

Pirate music wannabe Aurous has shut down, barely three months after first surfacing. Billed in Vice as “BitTorrent Music for your Dad”, and described as a “Popcorn Time for music”, the outfit, whose sole proprietor was Andrew Sampson, has agreed to pay damages of $3m. The case is notable for the speed with which the operation …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Dec 2015
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Ashley Madison lawsuit drops GoDaddy and Amazon as defendants

Amazon and GoDaddy have been dropped as defendants in an ongoing lawsuit over hosted data from have-an-affair site Ashley Madison – as the plaintiffs try and force offending websites to delete the data ahead of any future trial. As we reported last week, three John Doe plaintiffs filed a complaint against Amazon Web Services, …
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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

Watchdogs at the US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) have obtained a restraining order against alleged diet pill scammers. The “Com Spammers”, nick-named over their use of domain names in the form of com-XXX.net, where XXX are three or four random characters, have been pushing out huge volumes of email and SMS spam for years. …
John Leyden, 08 May 2015
Glorious future of China

In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Clear the desk of work, put the phone on voicemail, set your email to auto-reply and sign that restraining order against the increasingly desperate Madonna. Allow nothing to interrupt the 3:11 of sheer pleasure that is Cyberspace Spirit, the televised performance of the official anthem for China’s web censors. As soon as I …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Feb 2015
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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Comment Google's success in "assassinating" a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. The feisty attorney for the USA's poorest state is now trying to make peace, after being on the receiving end of a highly unusual lawsuit from Google. Even if you will have …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Dec 2014
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Bloke, 36, in the cooler for leaking ex's topless pics on Facebook

The first conviction under California's anti-revenge-porn law was announced on Monday: 36-year-old Noe Iniguez was sentenced to a year in jail and three years' probation for posting topless pictures of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook. Under the law, the "unauthorized posting of nude or sexual images of an individual with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Dec 2014
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FTC nails pin in Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

The US Federal Trade Commission has shut down Bitcoin mining equipment vendor Butterfly Labs over allegations that the company accepted as much as $50m in orders from customers but failed to deliver their purchases. Butterfly purported to sell dedicated Bitcoin mining machines, with its more powerful models carrying price tags …
Neil McAllister, 23 Sep 2014
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FTC: We've put '$100 MEEELLION phone bill fee cram scam' on ice

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing six companies that allegedly unfairly crammed $100m in text message charges onto victims' bills. Today, at the regulator's request, a federal court in California granted a temporary restraining order to halt those organizations and freeze their assets. The move comes after the FTC …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2014
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Lyft hits the brakes: Ban threat stalls taxi app's New York City launch

Ride-booking app maker Lyft has scrapped plans to launch in New York City following legal threats from the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). A Lyft spokesperson confirmed that the planned Friday launch would be moved to Monday as the biz continues to work with authorities on a plan that would allow Lyft drivers to …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2014
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'Oh my god – Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet me'

QuoTW This was the week when we discovered that all you have to do to earn thousands of dollars a month is be an IT wunderkind that catches the eye of one of Silicon Valley’s many tech boy emperors. In a bid to secure the best possible talent, it appears that US tycoons are now drafting ‘em in young, wafting huge salaries and perks …
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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

Microsoft has settled its legal fight with Vitalwerks, the owner of the No-IP dynamic DNS service that Redmond crippled last week. Last week Microsoft was granted a temporary restraining order against No-IP – and was handed control of 23 of its domains after convincing a Nevada judge that the DDNS service was acting as a conduit …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2014

Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

QuoTW Something was rotten in the state of the internet this week, though it’s unclear who’s to blame. Reports started emerging from major news outlets that links to their stories had been pulled from the European web as part of Google’s new commitment to the EU right to be forgotten. Was Google hamming things up by letting slip the …
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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

Updated Microsoft has admitted that it did disrupt a significant number of legitimate users of No-IP's dynamic DNS service, but says the problem is now sorted out. "Yesterday morning, Microsoft took steps to disrupt a cyber-attack that surreptitiously installed malware on millions of devices without their owners' knowledge through the …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2014

Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

Microsoft has won a court order to gain control of 23 No-IP domains owned by dynamic DNS (DDNS) provider Vitalwerks Internet Solutions. The US software giant claimed the domains were being used by malware developed in the Middle East and Africa. Vitalwerks operates its No-IP DDNS service from Nevada, and there is no suggestion …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2014
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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

Analysis Google Glass wearers, or Explorers as Google likes to call them, have been getting some bad press of late, and the company has been moved to defend the headsets against the rise of rumor and speculation. "Mr. Rogers was a Navy SEAL. A tooth placed in soda will dissolve in 24 hours. Gators roam the sewers of big cities and Walt …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2014
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MtGox gets its sorry assets frozen amid US class-action lawsuit

Embattled Bitcoin exchange MtGox has experienced a setback in its efforts to gain bankruptcy protections in the US, their opponents' legal team tells us, as the company has been hit with a temporary restraining order freezing its assets. The order, attorney Christopher Dore of Edelson PC tells The Reg, was obtained by …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2014
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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

Selfie service Snapchat has filed a temporary restraining order against Frank Reginald Brown, a former friend and frat brother of co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, who claims that he helped come up with the idea for the company. The firm, which allows its mainly teen users to exchange auto-deleting photo messages, has …
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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

A US district court has ruled that self-confessed "hackers" have all the skills needed to swiftly destroy evidence, allowing anyone suing them to seize their equipment without warning. The court in Idaho decided that a software developer’s computer could be confiscated without prior notice primarily because his website stated …
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2013
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Twitter forced to cough raw feed after PeopleBrowsr wins temporary order

Twitter was slapped with a temporary restraining order yesterday, preventing it from terminating a tweets-for-cash contract it has with the data analysis company PeopleBrowsr. Twitter wanted to end the million-dollar-a-year contract tomorrow, 30 November, but a judge in the Superior Court of the State of California court has …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Feds arrest Paul Ceglia over Facebook ownership claims

A wannabe billionaire who claimed to own 84 per cent of Facebook based on a contract Mark Zuckerberg signed as a student has been arrested and charged with fraud. Paul Ceglia was arrested after being indicted for two counts of fraud: one case of postal fraud and one of wire fraud. If found guilty he faces a possible 40 years …
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2012

Microsoft seizes Chinese dot-org to kill Nitol bot army

Microsoft has disrupted the emerging Nitol botnet - and more than 500 additional strains of malware - by taking control of a rogue dot-org website. The takedown is the latest in Microsoft's war against armies of hacker-controlled PCs. The Windows 8 giant's Operation b70 team discovered crooks were selling computers loaded with …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2012
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Fired Toyota coder trashes systems, steals data

A fired former IT contractor for Toyota's US manufacturing wing has been ordered not to leave the country after allegedly accessing the company's servers, downloading proprietary information, and sabotaging its systems. The automaker accuses Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed, who was dismissed from his contract programming job on …
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Jury selection delays start of Apple/Samsung patent showdown

The jury has been picked for the forthcoming patent trial between Apple and Samsung to determine who has the rights to produce a rectangular fondleslab with rounded corners, among other things. Tomorrow three women and seven men will hear opening statements in the case in San Jose's federal court. Jury selection took all day …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2012
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Megaupload case near collapse: report

An American district court judge has cast doubt over the whole Megaupload trial, telling the FBI the criminal charges against Kim Dotcom may never make it to trial. The New Zealand Herald is reporting that during a hearing in Virginia the judge, Liam O’Grady, doubted if “we are ever going to have a trial in this matter” when …
The Register breaking news

Kim Dotcom seizures 'null and void'

In an astonishing blunder, New Zealand’s Crown Law Office and its police commissioner have admitted to a ‘procedural error’ when they seized cash, cars and other property from Megaupload chief Kim Dotcom. According to the New Zealand Herald, Justice Judith Potter of the High Court has declared the first restraining order under …
The Register breaking news

RIM gives up on BBX name after court order

A US court has granted a temporary restraining order banning Research in Motion from using the name BBX for its new operating system. Software firm BASIS International filed for infringement of the trademark last month and the court granted the injunction yesterday, saying: BASIS is likely to prevail on its trademark …
The Register breaking news

Boozed-up ball-biting mum spared jail

A woman who admitted biting a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum was spared a stretch in prison by Newcastle Crown Court on Friday. The ball-puncturing biter, Maria Topp, a 44-year-old from Wrekenton, Gateshead, was instead handed a suspended jail term and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. She had pleaded guilty to the …
Team Register, 11 Nov 2011
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Apple sues NYC mom & pop shops

Apple has filed suit against a number of retail stores in the Chinatown district of Queens, New York, proving that Jobs & Co doesn't only flex its legal muscle against heavy hitters such as HTC, Amazon, and Samsung. According to a Reuters report, the consumer-electronics giant was granted a temporary restraining order and …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Aug 2011
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Zuckerberg labels Ceglia lawsuit a 'brazen, outrageous fraud'

Mark Zuckerberg has asked a federal court in New York to throw out a lawsuit filed against him, because – according to the Facebook boss – the case is a "brazen and outrageous fraud on the court". The uber social network boydroid filed a document calling on the US District Court in Buffalo, NY, to dismiss the case after …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2011
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Woman with 15 IDs gets 7 years for multiple VAT fraud

A Bristol woman has been jailed for using a complex web of 15 different identities and companies to defraud the Revenue out of £118,000. 48-year-old Alison Reynolds was jailed for seven years yesterday for VAT fraud and police offences. Reynolds was found guilty of four charges of cheating the Public Revenue, one charge of …
John Oates, 06 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Feds commandeer botnet, issue 'stop' command

For the first time ever, the US government has attempted to take down a botnet by setting up a substitute control channel that temporarily disables the underlying malware running on hundreds of thousands of infected end user computers. The move, announced Wednesday after federal prosecutors seized domain names, IP addresses and …
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2011
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'I own half of Facebook', says New York fuel salesman

New York firewood salesman Paul Ceglia filed a revised complaint against Facebook yesterday, in which the claimant said he had evidence that showed he was entitled to ownership of half of the social network. Ceglia alleges he has email exchanges with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, where the two men discussed the terms of a 2003 …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2011
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Sony tweets 'secret' key at heart of PS3 jailbreak case

An official Sony Twitter account has leaked the PlayStation 3 master signing key at the heart of the company's legal offensive against a group of hackers being sued for showing how to jailbreak the popular game console. Kevin Butler, a fictional PS3 vice president, retweeted the metldr key in what can only be assumed was a …
Dan Goodin, 09 Feb 2011
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Newest PS3 firmware hacked in less than 24 hours

Hackers say they unlocked the latest firmware for the PlayStation 3 game console, less than 24 hours after Sony released it in a desperate attempt to stuff the jailbreaking genie back in the bottle. Sony announced the release of Version 3.56 on Wednesday. That same day, game console hacker Youness Alaoui, aka KaKaRoToKS, …
Dan Goodin, 01 Feb 2011
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Microsoft loses Office 365 man

Microsoft may have its head in the clouds a little too much at the moment, given that it just lost its corporate veep of online services. Dave Thompson, who headed up Redmond's Office 365 business, is retiring from the company later this year after 21 years at Microsoft. Microsoft shoved its productivity suite of apps into a …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2011