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Legal News
16 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and FBI [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that a joint effort between law enforcement agencies across 20 countries has led to the seizure and shutdown of the online forum Darkode which provided a marketplace where cybercriminals could buy and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday unsealed the indictment [document, PDF] of a Turkish man for allegedly organizing three cyber-attacks that led to an estimated $55 million in global losses. Ercan Findikoglu, after being extradited [Reuters report] to the US from Germany on Tuesday, plead … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A former US government employee with the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission was charged [indictment, PDF; press release] with a four count violation of federal law in connection with an attempted phishing scheme involving Department of Energy employee emails. Charles Harvey Eccleston, aged 62, was charged two … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice [official website] in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted [UN news report] the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A judge for the District Court of The Hague [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday approved [judgment, in Dutch] the extradition to the US of a Russian citizen suspected of involvement in a multimillion dollar computer hack. Vladimir Drinkman will be sent to New Jersey, where three other Russians … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] issued a report [press release] on Tuesday discussing the "unprecedented clampdown on dissent" in the United Arab Emirates [official website] since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms. This report details some of the tactics widely … [read more]


Professional Commentary
1 Aug 2014
by Arkady Bukh of Law Offices of Bukh & Associates

JURIST Guest Columnist Arkady Bukh of the Law Offices of Bukh & Associates describes the recent arrest of an alleged Russian cyber criminal and its place in the history of cybercrime... The recent arrest of Russian citizen Roman Valeravich Seleznev by US authorities for alleged cyber crimes highlights one of … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance [official profile] announced [press release] Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub [official website] of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced [video; press release] Monday that he is urging Congress to create a "strong national standard" requiring businesses to immediately notify consumers and law enforcement agencies when significant consumer data breaches occur. This announcement comes in the wake of two massive data … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act) [text], which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law [materials] on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online crimes … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr. of the Jindal Global Law School says that Pakistan has failed to comply with its counterterrorism obligations under international law and that this should be kept in mind when assessing the US' use of force in Pakistan...Ubi jus ibi officium. This maxim from … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] court on Tuesday sentenced the editor of a liberal website to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. Raif Badawi was found guilty [Reuters report] by a Saudi court of "founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Félix Tréguer, Policy and Legal Analyst at La Quadrature du Net says that waging a "judicial guerilla war" in France on "hateful" Internet content unduly stifles free speech...The ghost of Yahoo v. LICRA has come back to haunt us. In 2000, after a criminal lawsuit was filed … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday has again stopped the government from enforcing a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] passed last year. The law was also suspended for 120 days [JURIST report] in October so the court could consider the civil liberty implications of the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has urged Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to dismiss a criminal case escalated last week to a senior Saudi court on apostasy charges. Website editor Raif Badawi, 30, was originally charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels” for co-founding the religious … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Emirates Centre for Human Rights (ECHR) [advocacy website] claimed [text, PDF] Thursday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has arrested an 18-year-old blogger as part of a wider effort to crack down on perceived government opposition. The ECHR claims that UAE security forces searched the home of Mohamed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland [official website, in Polish] on Monday ruled [materials, in Polish] against a musician who tore up a copy of the Bible on stage in 2007. The court held that even without intention of insulting the Catholic Church, the musician violated … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday supended a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] that became effective last week. The suspension [AP report] will be for 120 days while the court considers whether provisions of the law violate civil liberties. With the suspension, the court also … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official profile] on Wednesday signed a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF; press release] to prevent various electronic offenses including forgery, fraud, identity theft and child pornography. The new crimes are grouped into two sections: Internet Crimes and Commercial Crimes. "Among the punishable acts under … [read more]


Legal News
23 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The South Korean Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday nullified a 2007 regulation that required South Koreans to use their real names in Internet forums. Under the terms of the regulation online discussion participants had to pass a verification process in order to express their opinions on most websites. … [read more]

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