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EPIC Wants FCC’s Full Report on Google Street View

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an internet privacy advocacy group, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Wednesday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the full release of its report on the investigation of Google Street View. Google Street View was under investigation for the collection and storage of data from unencrypted wireless networks. The investigation started when it was determined that Google Street View collected data about personal online usage from unsecured Wi-Fi networks for four years while intending to simply collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points. Read more

Federal Appeals Court Says Taking Source Code Not a Federal Crime

On Wednesday, in another big setback for companies fighting computer-related fraud, the 2nd U.S. Circuit  Court of Appeals in New York threw out the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. computer programmer. After a December 2010 conviction for stealing a secret high-frequency trading computer code from Goldman Sachs,  Sergey Aleynikov served 11 months of an eight-year prison term. In the decision released Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit Court cited that the taking of source code was not a crime under a 1996 law that makes it illegal to steal trade secrets as the code did not qualify as stolen goods. In the decision, Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for the unanimous three judge panel: “We decline to stretch or update statutory words of plain and ordinary meaning in order to better accommodate the digital age.” Read more

The U.S. (and the World) is Losing the Fight Against Hackers

Late last week, Verizon released their annual Data Breach Investigations Report. With collaboration from the U.S. Secret Service, the Dutch High Tech Crime Unit, the Irish Reporting and Information Security Service, the Australian Federal Police, and the Police Central e-Crime Unit of the London Metropolitan Police, the 2012 report releases some staggering numbers: “hacktivists” (hacker activists, including the group Anonymous) were responsible for 58% percent of all thieved data in 2011. Verizon has been tracking hacktivist activity since 2004 and said that 2011’s breaches exceeded the total from all other years combined. Read more

Recent UDRP Decision Shows that Domain Name Transfers Are Not Always an Easy Decision

In a recent UDRP proceeding, the popular X-Sports manufacturer Vans, Inc. tried to gain the rights to the domain name <protechelmet.com> from the company, Military and Rescue Supply. Despite the evidence provided by both sides, a team of three Panelists decided that this dispute is not the type covered by the UDRP and should be resolved by the courts. Due to this decision, the domain name for now rests with Military and Rescue Supply. Read more

MegaUpload’s Founders are in Trouble but Could its Users be too?

We have previously blogged (quite a few times) about the file-sharing site MegaUpload and their ongoing legal battles, but now there is reason to pause for some of its heaviest users. It has recently come out (via a court filing by Carpathia Hosting, Inc.) that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is requesting that MegaUpload’s server host, Carpathia, retain all 25 petabytes of MegaUpload’s data “in light of the potential civil claims by the Studios.” This could mean potential civil claims brought against copyright infringing users as the MPAA is demanding that Carpathia retain information about the MegaUpload users who uploaded or downloaded those files. Read more

GSA Gets Serious About Contractor IT Security

Do you currently have or hope to win an IT 70 schedule contract with the General Services Administration (GSA)?  Are you ready to share your IT security secrets with the government?  Do you feel like dedicating significant resources to yet another government contract compliance program?  If your answer to the first question is “yes” and to the last two questions is “no,” you might want to read further.

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James Brown doesn’t “Feel Good” after losing rights to JamesBrown.com

In a recent UDRP decision, the Estate of James Brown submitted a Complaint requesting that they be transferred the rights to the domain name jamesbrown.com from the Respondent, Owned by LAC Music, represented by Gregory J. Chamberlain. A three-member Panel was chosen to resolve the dispute; the result being that the domain name rights were not transferred and currently reside with Owned by LAC Music. Read more

Recent UDRP decision confirms ICANN’s three step policy

In a UDRP decision last week, the Panel ordered that the rights to the domain name vacationinwilliamsburg.com remain with the respondent, Capital Marketing Rock Hill. This ruling was issued after only examining the first of three elements in determining if a domain name should be transferred or canceled: “(1) the domain name registered by Respondent is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights.”  Nowhere in the Complaint does the Complainant, Vacation Center, LLC,  allege, much less provide evidence to prove, that it has rights in a trademark or service mark which is identical or confusingly similar to the disputed domain name. Read more

Unanimous Decision by Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking

In a decision Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled that a warrant was needed before attaching a GPS device to a person’s car. Specifically, this decision reversed the cocaine-trafficking conviction of a Washington D.C. club owner, Antoine Jones. In 2005, law enforcement secretly attached a GPS tracker to a car owned by Jones that was parked in a public parking lot. The tracker was used to monitor the vehicle’s movement for four weeks, which helped law enforcement track Jones to a suburban house used to stash money and drugs. Read more

Grooveshark claims Universal’s copyright lawsuit is baseless

Grooveshark, a music-sharing site, is now on the wrong end of a lawsuit on November 18th filed by Universal Music Group, which contends that the site has posted more than 100,000 pirated songs. The lawsuit points to executives at Grooveshark as having personally uploaded much of the copyrighted content: Universal Music says it found evidence that Samuel Tarantino, Grooveshark’s CEO, uploaded at least 1,791 copyrighted songs and Benjamin Westermann-Clark, a VP for the company, is accused of uploading more than 4,600 pirated songs. Read more

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