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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.

Man discovers wanted status after Googling himself and surrenders

posted onMarch 17, 2014
by l33tdawg

When people Google themselves, they will probably discover a bunch of Facebook profiles belonging to people with identical names, various LinkedIn profiles, endless White Pages directories or embarrassing Myspace photos uploaded from forever ago which seem impossible to remove.

A Californian man who Googled his name was in the shock of his life after discovering he was in fact one of the state's most wanted men.

Hacked companies off the hook under new Australian privacy laws

posted onFebruary 24, 2014
by l33tdawg

The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has confirmed it won’t hold organisations accountable for the exposure of personal information when accessed via a cyber attack, as long as the Office is satisfied with the level of security in place within the targeted systems.

New privacy rules strengthening the enforcement power of the OAIC come into effect in 12 March 2014.