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Olympics Crack Down On Anyone Mentioning Them Without Paying... As White House Tells Everyone To Set Up Olympics Parties

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We've covered for years how overly aggressive the Olympics are in protecting their "IP" -- to the point that they often get special laws passed that grant them extra IP rights, which they use to block pretty much anyone who hasn't paid from using the word "Olympics" at all, or...
Olympics Crack Down On Anyone Mentioning Them Without Paying... As White House Tells Everyone To Set Up Olympics Parties
Every Company Named In NSA Spying Case Has Now Denied Knowledge Of It
US maps Afghanistan's geology... from 50,000 feet

U.K. Vetoes Extradition Of Legendary Hacker To The US

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A man who admitted to accessing U.S. government computers in search of UFOs won't be stepping foot on American soil any time soon. U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May ruled early Tuesday that computer hacker Gary McKinnon won't be extradited to the United States, The Associated Press tweeted. Before today's decision,...
U.K. Vetoes Extradition Of Legendary Hacker To The US
Samsung, LG fined by Korean government for handset price fixing

Crooks steal security firm's crypto key, use it to sign malware

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christinabean Hackers broke into the network of security firm Bit9 and used one of its cryptographic certificates to infect at least three of its customers with digitally signed malware, the company said on Friday afternoon. The compromise is striking because Bit9's "application whitelisting" approach allows virtually all digitally signed...
Crooks steal security firm's crypto key, use it to sign malware

Pretending That Instructions To Print A Gun Aren't Out There Won't Change The Reality That They Are

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We recently had an article about how intellectual property makes people pretend to be stupid, by forcing us to pretend that digital works act in the same way as physical products do, even though we know that they don't. This seems silly, but it goes beyond just copyright. There's been...
Pretending That Instructions To Print A Gun Aren't Out There Won't Change The Reality That They Are

Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

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It's been quite a day in terms of news out of DC. We've been talking about copyright/first sale, cybersecurity bills, the CFAA... and now Senator Patrick Leahy, for what feels like the 2,394th time, has introduced a plan to reform ECPA. Like the CFAA, ECPA is an extremely troubling and...
Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

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You may recall that in its quixotic attempt to go after Wikileaks, the US government has been snooping through the private communications of a bunch of folks they're trying to connect to the organization, including Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and Jacob Appelbaum, who gets detained and harassed every time he...
Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

Kim Dotcom Offers To Come To The US, If DOJ Releases Funds For Legal Defense

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We just noted how the procedural delays in the case against Kim Dotcom meant that it was more difficult for him to fight back against the US government. In response to all of this, Dotcom is offering the Justice Department a deal. He will come to the US and defend...
Kim Dotcom Offers To Come To The US, If DOJ Releases Funds For Legal Defense

Newspaper Editorial Insists Hackers Must Be Punished, While Misunderstanding Nearly Every Detail

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We just recently wrote about a trio of recent situations -- all involving young hackers probing for information, leading to either criminal charges or threats of criminal charges against them -- that show what happens when people in power don't understand how technology works. They were all cases where the...
Newspaper Editorial Insists Hackers Must Be Punished, While Misunderstanding Nearly Every Detail

Egyptian presidential candidate’s supporters flood Obama’s Facebook page with thousands of comments

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US President, Barack Obama’s social media profiles often find themselves becoming a venting ground of sorts – whether in relation to local or foreign affairs – and today is no different. A group of Egyptian Facebook users are flooding Obama’s latest posts with  thousands of negative comments. As Egypt gears up...
Egyptian presidential candidate’s supporters flood Obama’s Facebook page with thousands of comments

US moves to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom

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The US government has filed to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom following his arrest on Internet piracy charges. as well as racketeering. The request was formally submitted in a New Zealand court, and also seeks to extradite three of DotComís associates. According to the New Zealand Herald, US officials had...
US moves to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom

US entertainment industry group wants to unleash malware on file sharers

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The US entertainment industry is pushing to introduce regulations that would allow content owners to legally send out malware to individuals that are believed to involved with copying digital content. That’s according to the the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property which presented a new 84-page report – spotted by Boing Boing –...
US entertainment industry group wants to unleash malware on file sharers

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

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We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share...
The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback

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Yesterday, several sports streaming sites had their domain names seized by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE unit. Leading up to the Super Bowl this weekend, a total of 307 domain names were seized, 16 of which provided access to online streams of popular sporting events. Commenting on...
Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback
Obama administration considering options to escalate response to Chinese cyberattacks

Nobody listening? NSA agents don't need specific warrants to target individuals, says Greenwald

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Over the past two weeks, the US government has insisted that its powers under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act require the NSA to get a "special, particularized order" from the FISA court to intercept an individual American’s communications. Analyzing both the law on the books and NSA...
Nobody listening? NSA agents don't need specific warrants to target individuals, says Greenwald

Researchers find vulnerability in Chinese chips used by US army

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A team of researchers from Cambridge University say they have found evidence that a Chinese-manufactured chip used by US armed forces contains a secret access point that leaves it vulnerable to third party tampering. The researchers tested an unspecified US military chip — used in weapons, nuclear power plants to public...
Researchers find vulnerability in Chinese chips used by US army

Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

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A bunch of folks have been pointing us to the new "whitepaper" released by Kim Dotcom, which lays out two key things: why the lawsuit against him is a complete legal sham and also why it was driven by a corrupt connection between the US government and the MPAA. The...
Kim Dotcom Files Brief In His Trial In The Court Of Public Opinion

Keep Megaupload out of our server seizure case, US lawyers say

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When the US government shut down file-sharing site Megaupload, it also grabbed the service's US-based servers, located at Carpathia Hosting and other companies. That inspired legal demands from Kyle Goodwin, an Ohio man who makes his living videotaping high school sports events, and wants his files back. But the...
Keep Megaupload out of our server seizure case, US lawyers say

If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

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There have been numerous attempts by various parties (including, in a few cases, the EFF) to sue the US government concerning various aspects of its warrantless spying on Americans. Pretty much all of these cases end up failing, often for reasons that are suspect. However, it appears that the EFF...
If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

Speak Out Against Copyright Holders Destroying True Property Rights

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For a while now, we've been following a series of very scary court cases that could take away your ability to sell physical products you own, by using a bizarre interpretation of copyright law by the courts. You can click back on that link to read some of the background,...
Speak Out Against Copyright Holders Destroying True Property Rights

Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case

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Looks like we've got something of a repeat of the Dajaz1 insanity, in which the US government seizes and censors a website for over a year before giving up and handing the domain back -- though this time it's with Rojadirecta. You may recall the Rojadirecta case, where two domains...
Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case

Kristol: ‘Better’ for US to attack Iran than if Israel did

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The Obama administration should be seriously considering a strike on Iran, according to neoconservative Fox News contributor Bill Kristol.An Israeli Deputy Defense Minister said last week that he expected Israel would have to attack Iran within a year. Kristol believes it would be better for the US to attack first."I...
Kristol: ‘Better’ for US to attack Iran than if Israel did
Why Bitcoin Doesn't Have To Worry About The Fed Shutting It Down -- At Least Not Yet

Apple joins Facebook and Microsoft in revealing US surveillance requests

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Tech firm promises users that iMessage, FaceTime, location details and Siri requests remain privateThe technology firm Apple says it has received 4,000-5,000 surveillance requests from the US government about its customers since December 2012.The company's disclosure comes after the Guardian revealed the existence of a US National Security Agency programme...
Apple joins Facebook and Microsoft in revealing US surveillance requests

Microsoft: US government reviewing bribery allegations against partner companies in three countries

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Minutes ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on early probes of Microsoft and several of its partners’ business activities in three foreign countries relating to potential actions of bribery. Microsoft had provided comment to the Journal. Now, however, the company has released its full statement, which is worth your time. Given the severity of...
Microsoft: US government reviewing bribery allegations against partner companies in three countries

With Wikileaks Releasing Syrian Emails, Will People Realize It's Not Just Targeting The US?

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One of the bizarre issues that came out after Wikileaks began releasing its treasure trove of US State Department cables, was this suggestion from the US government that Wikileaks was clearly an anti-US organization. However, as has been pointed out time and time again, it's not: it's an anti-secrecy organization....
With Wikileaks Releasing Syrian Emails, Will People Realize It's Not Just Targeting The US?

UN: We Don't Want To Take Over The Internet... Just Fundamentally Change How It Works

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We've been covering how there are a number of troubling proposals before the UN's ITU (International Telecom Union), which has been trying to use its role as the global regulator of international telecom issues to insert itself into how the internet should work. So far, the leaks from the secretive...
UN: We Don't Want To Take Over The Internet... Just Fundamentally Change How It Works
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