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DOJ Indicts Nine for Zeus Malware Theft From Online Bank Accounts
By Emma Winer – Edited by Sheri Pan

United States v. Penchukov

Last week, the Department of Justice released a previously sealed indictment against alleged conspirators in an international scheme that stole millions of dollars from online bank accounts. The conspirators allegedly infected thousands of computers with “Zeus” malware, which captured passwords, bank account numbers, and other online banking information. Two of the defendants were arraigned in Nebraska after being extradited from the United Kingdom.


Posted On Apr - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

European Court of Justice Invalidates Data Retention Directive
By Paul Klein – Edited by Alex Shank

In a preliminary ruling requested by courts in Ireland and Austria, the European Court of Justice found that Directive 2006/24/EC was invalid. The Grand Chamber recognized the legitimacy of retaining telecommunications data as a means to combat serious crime and terrorism, but it ultimately held that the far-reaching scope of the Directive disproportionately affected individual privacy under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.


Posted On Apr - 16 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Travis West

NSA responds to ABA demand for clarification regarding surveillance of privileged communications

United States to turn over control of Domain Name System

Turkey bans Twitter with limited success


Posted On Mar - 26 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

FISA Court Rejects DOJ’s Request to Indefinitely Hold Metadata Collected by the NSA
By Albert Chen – Edited by Sheri Pan

Last week, the FISA court rejected the DOJ’s request to indefinitely extend the five-year limit that the NSA can retain telephony metadata that it collects in bulk for national security purposes. The court reasoned that an indefinite retention period would violate privacy interests while failing to substantially improve national security.


Posted On Mar - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

NSA Approved Australian Spying on US Lawyers
By Travis West – Edited by Husam El-Qoulaq

A document leaked by Edward Snowden shows that the Australian Signals Directorate (“ASD”) spied on communications between the Indonesian government and a US law firm that the foreign government had retained for assistance in trade negotiations. According to the document, the NSA “provided clear guidance” to the ASD about continued reporting on the communications, and the ASD’s coverage provided “highly useful intelligence for interested US customers.”


Posted On Mar - 3 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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