Law and Order
A local judge in Arizona ruled Friday that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not have to disclose records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, under the state’s public records act.
The FBI has joined the investigation of the cyber attack that crippled computers at Sony Pictures and led to the theft of some new movies.
“The FBI is working with our interagency partners to investigate the recently reported cyber intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the bureau said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.
A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."
Over the past several years hundreds of thousands of Internet subscribers have been sued in the United States for allegedly sharing copyrighted material, mostly films, online.
When he was arrested at his Chicago home in 2012 for hacking the website of security think tank Stratfor, the dreadlocked Jeremy Hammond was the FBI's most wanted cybercriminal.
Authorities tracked him down with the help of top LulzSec member Hector Xavier Monsegur. But it has never been known how they managed to shut the lid of him computer, effectively encrypting the contents of Hammond's hard drive, which the hacker was able to encrypt as agents armed with assault rifles were raiding his home.
In a development that those involved in the project clearly should have seen coming, the FBI today shut down Silk Road 2.0, the revival of the deep web black market site that the FBI took down in September 2013, and arrested its suspected operator exactly one year after it went live.