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Ninth Circuit Creates Circuit Split by Narrowly Construing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act By Abby Lauer – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg United States v. Nosal, No. 10-10038 (9th Cir. April 10, 2012) Slip Opinion The Ninth Circuit affirmed the Northern District of California in an en banc decision construing the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The court held that a person who violates an employer’s computer use policy is not criminally liable for federal penalties ... Read More...
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The Northern District of Illinois Denies Motion to Compel for Subpoenas Seeking Non-Party IP Address Information By Dorothy Du – Edited by Julie Dorais Pacific Century International, Ltd. v. John Does 1-37, No. 12 C 1057 (N.D. Ill. March 30, 2012) Slip opinion The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted in part and denied in part plaintiffs’ motion to compel ISPs’ compliance with subpoenas for identifying information associated with IP addresses in a copyright infringement action ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 9 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
New Information about Carrier IQ Software Sparks Concerns that Wireless Carriers Have Violated Federal Anti-Wiretapping Laws By Abby Lauer – Edited by Michael Hoven Last month, a security researcher from Connecticut published information about a software program installed on some mobile smartphones that may be surreptitiously collecting data about how the phones are used. The software, called Carrier IQ and manufactured by a company of the same name, has been described as hard to detect, hard to remove, and programmed ... Read More...
Posted On Dec - 14 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Geng Chen DOJ Defends Expansive Interpretation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act NPR reports that Richard Downing, deputy chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on the DOJ’s proposal to broaden its reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). An advance copy of Downing’s written statement, obtained by CNET, advocated for criminal prosecutions based on violations of Web sites’ “terms of service” policies or ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 21 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Susanna Lichter New Cyberweapon Duqu Possibly Spawned from Stuxnet Worm Computer security analysts warn that Stuxnet, the sophisticated worm that wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program, could be a precursor to more cyber attacks on industrial control systems, according to The Washington Post. There is definite evidence that Duqu, a dangerous new weapon that appears to borrow some of the Stuxnet original source code, was used in an attack last month. The New York Times reports that authorities are divided ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 3 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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