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'No poaching' case versus Google, Apple, others can go to trial

posted onMarch 31, 2014
by l33tdawg

A lawsuit that accuses Google, Apple and other top Silicon Valley companies of driving down wages by agreeing not to hire each other's workers can go to trial, a judge ruled on Friday.

The case alleges that executives including former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt agreed not to poach the other's workers during a period between 2005 and 2009. The alleged agreements would violate state and federal antitrust laws. Adobe Systems and Intel are also named as defendants.

President's plan insufficient to rein in NSA, privacy advocates say

posted onMarch 28, 2014
by l33tdawg

President Barack Obama's plan to stop the National Security Agency's bulk collection and storage of telephone records is a good first step that needs to go much further to protect Americans' privacy rights, advocates say.

Obama unveiled his plans Thursday, saying in a statement, "I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk."

Trustwave Sued in Target Breach: Should Security Vendors Be Worried?

posted onMarch 28, 2014
by l33tdawg

The PCI-DSS assessor for Target is named in a lawsuit. Where does responsibility sit?
With all IT data breaches there is a common cycle. First there is the fear over who is at risk, then theories on how the breach occurred, and finally the blaming and lawsuits start to roll in. In the breach of retailer Target, the lawsuits are now coming in, but in a surprising move, one lawsuit isn't just going after Target; it's also going after security vendor Trustwave.

Court docs: Microsoft searched through blogger's e-mail to track down alleged leaker

posted onMarch 21, 2014
by l33tdawg

Earlier this week, an ex-Microsoft employee was charged with the theft of trade secrets in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. Alex Kibkalo allegedly sent code and other intelligence about Microsoft products to an unnamed French blogger.

In the course of tracking down the alleged leaker, Microsoft searched through the blogger's e-mail account -- before involving law enforcement -- according to court documents.

Fluke Gives Sparkfun A Bunch Of Multimeters In Response To Trademark Mess

posted onMarch 21, 2014
by l33tdawg

Well, that was fast. We just had our post about the unfortunate trademark situation that Sparkfun found itself in, with 2,000 multimeters held by US Customs at the border because they happened to have a yellow outside, and multimeter king Fluke happened to trademark an aspect of that look. Fluke, of course, had no direct hand in stopping this particular shipment, but had (a) gotten that trademark and (b) years ago gone to the ITC to get an injunction against other multimeter makers.

Thailand arrests infamous hacker wanted by Switzerland

posted onMarch 19, 2014
by l33tdawg

An infamous computer hacker has been arrested in Thailand at the request of Switzerland on suspicion of hacking into bank computer systems in Europe, an official said Tuesday.

Farid Essebar, who has dual Moroccan-Russian nationality, was detained in Bangkok last week, according to Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul of the Department of Special Investigation, Thailand's equivalent of the FBI.

Sextortionist who hacked Miss Teen USA’s computer sentenced to 18 months

posted onMarch 18, 2014
by l33tdawg

The California computer science student who hacked various women’s computers for the purposes of “sextortion”—including Miss Teen USA 2013, Cassidy Wolf—has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence comes after Jared James Abrahams pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion last November.