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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

A former CIA employee has been named as the prime suspect behind last year's leak of thousands of top-secret documents on the agency's hacking practices. According to the Washington Post, court documents name Joshua Adam Schulte as the person authorities believe to be behind the massive Vault 7 online dump of CIA internal …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2018
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Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping

Facebook can add a class action lawsuit to the list of legal woes it faces over data misuse revelations. A complaint [PDF] filed in the social network's home district of Northern California accuses Facebook of violating both state and federal law when it logged and collected information from the Android version of its mobile …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2018
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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

The FCC has upheld a $120m fine levied against a man accused of making 96 million illegal robocalls. The commission on Thursday announced it would indeed seek to collect the massive fine it had first proposed against Adrian Abramovich in 2017. Abramovich, a Miami-based travel marketer it said was behind tens of millions of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018
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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

Cops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, will not pursue charges against a 19-year-old fella who had dared to download a cache of public documents. In a brief statement issued Monday, police said that, following nearly a month of investigation, there were "no grounds to lay charges" in a case that had drawn harsh criticism from …
Shaun Nichols, 7 May 2018

Blackberry snaps, yakkity-yak Snapchat app brats slapped with patent trap rap

BlackBerry has filed suit against Snap Inc alleging the Snapchat service copied half a dozen of its mobile app design patents. The one-time smartphone king continued its efforts to cash in on its patent portfolio Tuesday when it filed a complaint [PDF] in the Central California US District Court accusing Snap of stealing its …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Apr 2018
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Time to pay, Paypal pal Venmo! Oh no, haha, put away that wallet – just promise to be nice

PayPal has avoided that terribly tedious act of coughing up a fine, and instead has agreed to play nice with people's privacy – thus settling a complaint against its payment app Venmo by America's trade watchdog, the FTC. The peace treaty, signed this week, will see PayPal avoid any monetary penalties, but will bring the …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2018
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RAT king thrown in the slammer for peddling NanoCore PC nasty

A bloke has been jailed for nearly three years for developing and selling malware that allowed miscreants to snoop on and remote-control victims' Windows PCs. Taylor Huddleston, of Arkansas, USA, pleaded guilty in July 2017 to one charge of aiding and abetting computer intrusions by building and peddling his $25 software nasty …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2018
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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

It's not just Intel facing a legal firestorm over its handling of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU design flaws – AMD is also staring at a growing stack of class-action complaints related to the chip vulnerabilities. At least four separate lawsuits have now been filed against the California-based processor slinger, alleging …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Feb 2018
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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

A California electronics recycler is fighting to stay out of jail after he admitted copying thousands of Windows reinstallation discs for use with refurbished PCs. As an e-waste warrior, Eric Lundgren wished to see discarded computers fixed up and reused rather than crammed into holes in the ground. To encourage people to …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Feb 2018
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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

Google was well within its rights when it dumped controversial bro-grammer James Damore in mid-2017. This is according to legal advice given to America's National Labor Relations Board by its associate general counsel Jayme Sophir. In a just-released memo to the board, she explained the Chocolate Factory did not break US …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2018
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Hands up who HASN'T sued Intel over Spectre, Meltdown chip flaws

Intel says it is facing 32 separate class-action lawsuits following the revelations it shipped millions of processors with security design flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. The figure was slipped into its annual 10-K financial filing, submitted earlier this week to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Speaking to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2018

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC. Frank Dickman, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking damages from both Microsoft and CEO Satya Nadella for what were termed "civil rights violations" that occurred when his Asus laptop was automatically …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2018
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Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel. A US district court jury in San Francisco decided on Tuesday [PDF] that the Canadian developer's Corel Home Office Suite did indeed willfully trample on Redmond's patented user interface and menu designs in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2018
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Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

Google has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over hardware failures in its Pixel smartphones. The complaint, filed in a US district court in northern California, accuses the Chocolate Factory of breach of warranty and unfair competition for its handling of faulty speaker and microphone components in the handsets it sold …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Feb 2018
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You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

Add Apple to the list of companies facing a legal backlash in the US over the Spectre and Meltdown CPU security fiasco. A 17-page class-action complaint [PDF] – filed earlier this month in a San Jose district court in California – accuses the Cupertino iGiant of failing to keep the Arm-compatible processors in iPhones, iPads, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2018
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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police. A report by Bloomberg today claimed the dial-a-ride broker built a tool called Ripley to remotely lock and remove potentially incriminating data from machines in …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2018

IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

IBM has filed suit against online travel giant Expedia alleging violation of four patents that harken back to the early days of dial-up internet. Big Blue has accused Expedia and several of its subsidiary travel sites, including Orbitz, Hotwire, and Hotels.com of infringing four patents related to the operation of browser- …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jan 2018
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Alleged Uber black ops lawyer would rather not have his Xmas holiday ruined by Waymo, ta

Former Uber attorney Craig Clark on Monday filed an emergency motion in a Miami, Florida, court to quash a subpoena directing him to testify in Waymo's trade secret lawsuit against Uber on Thursday on the other side of America in California – because he has holiday plans with his family in the Sunshine State. "[R]equiring …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Dec 2017

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