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FBI Pays Visit to Researcher Who Revealed Yahoo Hack

posted onOctober 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Jonathan Hall was trying to help the internet. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old hacker and security consultant revealed that someone had broken into machines running inside several widely used internet services, including Yahoo, WinZip, and Lycos. But he may have gone too far.

Twitter sues U.S. government over national security data

posted onOctober 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Twitter is suing the U.S. government in an effort to loosen restrictions on what the social media giant can say publicly about the national security-related requests it receives for user data.

The company filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Monday in a federal court in northern California, arguing that its First Amendment rights are being violated by restrictions that forbid the disclosure of how many national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders it receives -- even if that number is zero.

MPAA Swears It’s Not Pushing For More Anti-Piracy Legislation

posted onSeptember 16, 2014
by l33tdawg

A few years back, the entertainment industry used its unique charms (read: money) to glamour several members of Congress into supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act, one of the few pieces of legislation to draw almost universal disdain from everyone other than the industry that backed it, as it would have exacerbated the shoot-first-maybe-investigate-later model already in place thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

FBI Lied About How it Obtained Silk Road Server Location Says Security Expert

posted onSeptember 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

A security expert claims the FBI is lying about how it located the Icelandic server hosting the Silk Road underground drugs bazaar.

When Ross Ulbricht was arrested by the FBI and charged with being the operator of the billion dollar drugs empire known as Silk Road, one of the most intriguing questions for many was just how the law enforcement agency was able to locate the server hosting the website considering it was running on the anonymous Tor network.

Has Forensic Science Finally Unmasked Jack the Ripper?

posted onSeptember 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

Jack the Ripper, the scourge of Whitechapel and possibly the world's most famous cold case, has reportedly been solved by a businessman and a forensic analyst, according to The Daily Mail.

The partner teamed up after businessman Russell Edwards obtained a shawl that supposedly belonged to Catherine Eddowes, an unfortunate victim to the Ripper's grisly murders. Enlisting forensic expert Jari Louhelainen's expertise, particularly with historic murders, the evidence shows "beyond a reasonable doubt," which one of the six potential suspects Jack the Ripper actually was.

Nvidia launches patent suit against Qualcomm, Samsung

posted onSeptember 4, 2014
by l33tdawg

In a fresh patent suit for the tech world, Nvidia is launching a legal battle against Qualcomm and Samsung. The processor maker filed formal complaints over seven patents with the International Trade Commission as well as at the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Nvidia is arguing that both Qualcomm and Samsung have been infringing upon its GPU patents covering programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing technologies.

Disney Officially Seeks To Block Deadmau5's Trademark Claim

posted onSeptember 3, 2014
by l33tdawg

Deadmau5 is now in a legal brawl with Disney over whether his famous headgear is too similar to its logo  -- but the DJ says the Mouse House hasn't made a squeak about this for a decade.

In documents filed Tuesday ... Disney claims Deadmau5's logo is too similar to their famous Mickey ears, and they're trying to block him from getting a trademark in the U.S.

City Of London Police Turn Down Torrentfreak's FOIA Request Because It Would Take Too Long To Fulfill

posted onAugust 26, 2014
by l33tdawg

The City of London Police (notably, not the London Metropolitan Police and you will rue the day you ever make that mistake) have been both a law unto themselves and the UK's foremost copyright cops… which would make them a copyright law unto themselves… or something. Name another law enforcement agency that has single-handedly done more to pursue the Pirate Bays of the world.

Plane carrying Sony executive forced to land after Lizard Squad claim bomb threat

posted onAugust 26, 2014
by l33tdawg

A plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley has been forced to divert and land ahead of schedule after a hacker group used Twitter to claim it had explosives on board.

The hacker group, known as Lizard Squad, had taken to Twitter to gloat about a successful denial of service-style attack on the Sony PlayStation Network over the weekend. The group taunted Sony, gamers and the FBI with a number of claims including that they were attacking Sony for their corporate greed, and that the hacker group was somehow associated with terrorist organisations.