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Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The USSenate [official website] on Tuesday passed legislation [text] aimed at improving cyber-security defenses in the US. The Cybersecurity Sharing Information Act of 2015 encourages private entities "to monitor, and operate defensive measures," which will allow them "to detect, prevent, or mitigate cybersecurity threats or security vulnerabilities on: (1) … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] At the request of US government officials, Chinese authorities last month arrested individual hackers that allegedly misappropriated commercial secrets from US firms with the intention to sell proprietary information to state-owned entires within the the People's Republic of China [government website]. In the weeks leading up to the arrests, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
28 Sep 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law discusses the latest cyber security agreement between China and the US... It is a longstanding fiction that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." Nevertheless, in the realm of science fiction writing, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ruling against defendant Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, essentially granting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official websites] the power to regulate corporate cybersecurity. In 2012, the FTC filed suit against Wyndham in the US … [read more]

Legal News
5 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Indian government ordered internet service providers (ISPs) on Tuesday to allow access to the 857 previously banned pornography and humor websites, provided they did not include child pornography. The news comes in response to international criticism that came as a result of the bans issued [JURIST report] a … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [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
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday released a report arguing that strong encryption is elemental to basic human rights. The report hails [The Hill report] encryption and anonymity as tools that allow individuals to "exercise their rights to freedom of opinion … [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
2 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Wednesday signed an executive order [text] to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions program authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference [transcript] Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks [Reuters report]. Hong stated that the law will be "made … [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
10 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] A White House official on Saturday announced that President Barack Obama [official profile] plans to address cybersecurity as it relates to American consumers and businesses next week. According to the official, the plan will include [Reuters report] legislative initiatives and executive actions. The announcement comes in the wake of … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Zimbabwean government stated this week that it is in the process of developing new cyber laws to regulate social media. Caecilia Nyamutswa, legal director of the regulatory organization Potraz [official website], communicated to an information and communication technology (ICT) committee that the bills are ready to be brought … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The German Federal Ministry of the Interior [official website] on Friday published [text; in German] its revised proposal for a new IT security law. The draft law seeks to protect the privacy of German citizens and improve the IT security of companies operating in the country by imposing new … [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
20 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania brought hacking charges [press release] against the Chinese nationals in a case of cyber espionage. The indictment [text, PDF] alleges that the defendants were involved in computer hacking, … [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]

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