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Class Action Suits Filed Against Mt. Gox in the United States and Canada
By Mark Verstraete — Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Putative class action suits have been filed against Mt. Gox—the now defunct online bitcoin exchange—in both the United States and Canada. In Febrauary 2014, Mt. Gox halted withdrawals after being hit with a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Several days later, it filed for bankruptcy when 850,000 bitcoins were stolen.

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Posted On Mar - 24 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Ninth Circuit Orders Takedown of Inflammatory Video over Copyright Claim
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 26, 2014, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision denying Cindy Lee Garcia’s request for a preliminary injunction forcing YouTube to remove the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.” Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski found that Garcia was entitled to a preliminary injunction because she had shown a likelihood of success on her copyright claim and that irreparable harm would likely result absent injunctive relief.

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Posted On Mar - 12 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Defects in the DATA Act
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Michael Shammas

On February 12, 2014, Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill that would require data brokers—companies that collect and sell consumer information to third parties—to be more transparent about their practices. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act represents an attempt to empower consumers to regain some control over their personal information. However, the transparency and control offered by the DATA Act is limited.

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Posted On Feb - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Thuy Nguyen

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Anonymous affiliated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release. Hammon was sentenced under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for hacking Texas-based private intelligence firm, Strategic Forecasting. During his supervised release period, Hammond is proscribed from using computer anonymity devices, such as Tor.

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Posted On Nov - 26 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mark Verstraete

Massachusetts District Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction against Aereo

Airbnb Responds to Subpoena from New York Attorney General

Delaware District Court Dismisses Class Action Suit Against Google Regarding Personally Identifiable Information

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