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Cyber Law News

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Stanford Center for the Internet and Society

  • What will Microsoft and Ireland do with the new CLOUD Act warrant?
    So it seems that the Microsoft Ireland case at the Supreme Court will end with a whimper. Both the Department of Justice and Microsoft agree that the case is moot and should be dismissed due to the passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Dat…
    - 46 days ago, 9 Apr 18, 3:00pm -
  • Call For Papers: The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance and Race
    The editors of the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance and Race seek additional contributors. This volume will bring together the work of leading scholars in such fields as public health, law, critical race studies, anthropology, criminolo…
    - 58 days ago, 28 Mar 18, 2:59pm -
  • A sad irony for Governor Ducey after Uber's fatal crash
    Following Uber’s fatal crash in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey is attracting attention for what he did and did not do. This is not surprising; as I noted in 2016, Arizona's governor decided to embrace Uber’s vision, for better or for worse. This di…
    - 59 days ago, 27 Mar 18, 5:45pm -
  • Tool Without A Handle: Online Confessions
    In my last post, I wrote of moral hazards created by privacy, using extramarital affairs as just one example (really, any legal or moral wrongdoing facilitated by secrecy illustrates the point). Privacy, as it happens, also encourages use of networ…
    - 64 days ago, 23 Mar 18, 3:49am -
  • Uber's Fatal Crash
    An automated vehicle in Uber’s fleet fatally struck a woman crossing a street in Arizona. A few points pending more information: Location United States…
    - 67 days ago, 20 Mar 18, 2:14am -
  • SB 822 Would Secure Net Neutrality for California
    On Wednesday, Senator Scott Wiener introduced the text of California Senate Bill 822, which would adopt net neutrality protections for California. Location United States…
    - 72 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 1:00pm -
  • Blockchain -- panacea or bubble?
    Block chain technology is taking the world by storm. From banking to health care, many tout block chain and the bit coin it enables as a cure-all. Others think bit coin is heading towards the edge. In between are those who see practical applications…
    - 75 days ago, 11 Mar 18, 11:17pm -
  • Intermediary Liability 101
    Attached to this post are Powerpoint slides introducing intermediary liability basics. This particular deck comes from a great CIDE program in Mexico City. It is descended from others I’ve used over the years teaching at Stanford and Berkeley, pres…
    - 14 Feb 18, 4:26am -
  • New Paper on The Risks of "Responsible Encryption"
    I've just released a new whitepaper called The Risks of "Responsible Encryption" in response to recent comments by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Location…
    - 6 Feb 18, 6:46pm -
  • A Mixed Result for Cox in the Fourth Circuit
    - 4 Feb 18, 3:51pm -

Cyber Crime

  • Egypt: Parliamentary Committee Approves Anti-cybercrime Draft Law
    (May 7, 2018) On April 16, 2018, the Communications and Information Technology Committee of the Egyptian Parliament (Council of Representatives) approved a draft law submitted by the Prime Minister’s cabinet to combat cybercrime. (Khalid Hassan, Eg…
    - 18 days ago, 7 May 18, 7:30pm -
  • China: Rules Regulating Microblogs Issued
    (Feb. 23, 2018) On February 2, 2018, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released the Provisions on Administration of Microblog Information Services (the Provisions), which will take effect on March 20, 2018. The Provisions were formulated w…
    - 91 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 2:30pm -
  • Israel: Law Authorizes Court to Restrict Access to Internet Sites in Order to Prevent Criminal Activity
    (Oct. 10, 2017) On July 17, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law on Authorities for the Prevention of Committing Crimes Through Use of an Internet Site, 5777-2017 (Law on Authorities) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette…
    - 10 Oct 17, 1:30pm -
  • Suriname: Draft Legislation on Electronic Transactions Includes Provision on Insulting President
    (Aug. 25, 2017) It was reported on August 7, 2017, that the Government of Suriname has submitted draft legislation on electronic commercial transactions to the parliament. (Ivan Cairo, Proposed Suriname Defamation Law Setback for Freedom of Expressio…
    - 25 Aug 17, 4:30pm -
  • Afghanistan: Cyber Crime Code Signed into Law
    (Aug. 16, 2017) On June 20, 2017, Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani signed into law the Cyber Crime Code, which forms part of the country’s new Penal Code. (Walasmashar Da Internete Jarmono Qanon Tawshih Karry [President Signed the Law of…
    - 16 Aug 17, 2:47pm -
  • New Zealand: High Court Finds Megaupload Founder Eligible for Extradition
    (Feb. 22, 2017) On February 20, 2017, the High Court of New Zealand affirmed the district court’s December 2015 ruling that Kim Dotcom and three other appellants are eligible for extradition to the United States. (Ortmann & Ors v United States of…
    - 22 Feb 17, 5:30pm -
  • Cuba/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Law Enforcement Matters
    (Jan. 24, 2017) On January 16, 2017, authorities from Cuba and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fostering collaboration on a number of law enforcement matters. (Press Release, United States and Cuba to Sign Law En…
    - 24 Jan 17, 7:05pm -
  • Thailand: Cyber Crime Law Amended by Legislature
    (Dec. 23, 2016) On December 16, 2016, Thailand’s Parliament approved an amendment to the country’s Computer Crime Act of 2007 by a unanimous vote.  It will soon be sent to King Maha Vajiralongkorn for his endorsement.  (Ram Eachambadi, Thailand…
    - 23 Dec 16, 8:30pm -
  • Pakistan: National Assembly Passes New Cybercrime Law
    (Sept. 21, 2016) On August 11, 2016, Pakistan’s lower house, the National Assembly, passed a controversial cybercrime law called the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016. The Senate had unanimously passed the law, with a number of amendments,…
    - 21 Sep 16, 1:30pm -
  • Japan: Cyber Security Basic Act & Information Processing Promotion Act Amended
    (June 15, 2016) In order to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity, in November 2014 the Diet (Japan’s parliament) adopted the Cybersecurity Basic Act (Act No. 104 of 2014).  (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Cybersecurity Basic Act Adopted, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITO…
    - 15 Jun 16, 7:00pm -

Cyber Terror

US-CERT

  • newIRS Warns Tax Professionals of Phishing Scam
    Original release date: May 24, 2018The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a news release warning tax professionals to beware of a new phishing email scam. Cyber criminals posing as state accounting and professional associations have been…
    - 17 hours ago, 24 May 18, 11:37pm -
  • FBI Releases Article on Building a Digital Defense with Credit Reports
    Original release date: May 23, 2018FBI has released an article on using credit reports to build a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains how identity theft can deal a devastating blow to consumers' credit history. However, regularl…
    - 2 days ago, 23 May 18, 8:37pm -
  • VPNFilter Destructive Malware
    Original release date: May 23, 2018NCCIC is aware of a sophisticated modular malware system known as VPNFilter. Devices known to be affected by VPNFilter include Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link networking equipment, as well as QNAP netwo…
    - 2 days ago, 23 May 18, 1:03pm -
  • Tragedy-Related Scams
    Original release date: May 21, 2018In the wake of the recent Texas school shooting, NCCIC advises users to watch out for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on this tragic event. Users should exercise caution in handling emai…
    - 4 days ago, 21 May 18, 11:20pm -
  • TA18-141A: Side-Channel Vulnerability Variants 3a and 4
    Original release date: May 21, 2018 | Last revised: May 22, 2018 Systems Affected CPU hardware implementations Overview On May 21, 2018, new variants of the side-channel central processing unit (CPU) hardware vulnerabili…
    - 4 days ago, 21 May 18, 8:54pm -
  • SB18-141: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of May 14, 2018
    Original release date: May 21, 2018The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the pa…
    - 4 days ago, 21 May 18, 10:29am -
  • Mozilla Releases Security Update for Thunderbird
    Original release date: May 18, 2018Mozilla has released a security update to address vulnerabilities in Thunderbird. A remote attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and ad…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 18, 1:15am -
  • ISC Releases Security Advisories for BIND
    Original release date: May 18, 2018The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates that address vulnerabilities in versions of ISC Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to cause a…
    - 7 days ago, 18 May 18, 9:05pm -
  • Cisco Releases Security Updates
    Original release date: May 16, 2018Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and…
    - 9 days ago, 16 May 18, 8:40pm -
  • FBI Releases Article on Digital Defense Against ID Theft
    Original release date: May 16, 2018FBI has released an article on building a digital defense against identify theft. FBI explains that the growing number of data breaches put more people at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. However, i…
    - 9 days ago, 16 May 18, 7:10am -

FBI Cyber Crimes Stories

  • Stolen Identities
    Four men who hacked the computer servers of mortgage brokers used the personal information they stole from customers to open unauthorized lines of credit and drain victims’ retirement accounts.
    - 57 days ago, 29 Mar 18, 2:50pm -
  • Director Addresses Cyber Conference
    At the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York, FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed how the FBI is evolving to stay ahead of threats in the digital age.
    - 11 Jan 18, 3:33pm -
  • Cyber Security: Our Shared Responsibility
    Each October, the FBI joins its partners in reminding everyone to do their part to protect themselves in an increasingly Internet-connected world.
    - 2 Oct 17, 9:00am -
  • Safe Online Surfing
    The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge—a free, educational program for children that teaches cyber safety—has been updated and redesigned for the 2017-2018 school year.
    - 12 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • AlphaBay Takedown
    U.S. and international law enforcement officials announced the takedown of the Darknet marketplace AlphaBay, where criminals anonymously bought and sold drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods.
    - 20 Jul 17, 12:22pm -
  • IC3 Releases 2016 Internet Crime Report
    The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center—which received nearly 300,000 complaints with reported losses of more than $1.3 billion last year—released its annual report highlighting trends in Internet crime.
    - 22 Jun 17, 11:33am -
  • Virtual Ticket to Prison
    What seemed to be a straightforward fraud scheme involving concert tickets led investigators to uncover an elaborate—and illegal—unlicensed bitcoin exchange.
    - 3 May 17, 3:11pm -
  • Charges Announced in Massive Cyber Intrusion Case
    Four individuals, including two Russian Federal Security Service officers, have been charged in connection with compromising at least 500 million Yahoo accounts.
    - 15 Mar 17, 2:03pm -
  • FBI Director Addresses Cyber Security Gathering
    James Comey discussed the current cyber threat landscape, the FBI’s efforts to stay ahead of the threat, and the importance of strong private sector partnerships at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security.
    - 8 Mar 17, 1:36pm -
  • Woman Sentenced for Cyberstalking
    A Miami college student who became fixated on a stranger she found online and harassed and threatened her through social media is serving time behind bars.
    - 3 Jan 17, 9:00am -
  • International Cyber Sweep Nets DDoS Attackers
    A 26-year-old graduate student in California was among nearly three dozen suspects arrested last week in a coordinated five-day cyber crime sweep involving 13 countries.
    - 12 Dec 16, 1:21pm -
  • Joint Cyber Operation Takes Down Avalanche Criminal Network
    The FBI and its partners dismantled a highly secure infrastructure of servers that offered cyber criminals an unfettered platform from which to conduct malware campaigns targeting victims around the world.
    - 5 Dec 16, 7:56am -
  • Safe Online Surfing Program Reaches Milestone
    More than one million students around the country have completed the FBI's Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) cyber education program since it was launched four years ago.
    - 22 Nov 16, 10:41am -
  • A Primer on DarkNet Marketplaces
    The DarkNet provides anonymity to criminals who set up online marketplaces for nefarious purposes, but the FBI and its partners are working to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of these illicit sites.
    - 1 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • FBI Deploys Cyber Experts to Work Directly with Foreign Partners
    The Bureau is working to combat the global cyber threat by placing cyber assistant legal attachés (ALATs) in FBI offices in strategic locations around the world.
    - 26 Oct 16, 1:32pm -

Security and Privacy

  • WiTopia personalVPN review: It's all about choices
    WiTopia personalVPN in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: Reston, VANumber of servers: 300+Number of country locations: 45Cost: $50 (Basic) / $70 (Pro)VPN protocol: OpenVPN (default)Data encryption: AES-128 Data authentication: SHA2…
    - 64 days ago, 22 Mar 18, 10:00am -
  • WiTopia personalVPN review: It's all about choices
    WiTopia personalVPN in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: Reston, VANumber of servers: 300+Number of country locations: 45Cost: $50 (Basic) / $70 (Pro)VPN protocol: OpenVPN (default)Data encryption: AES-128 Data authentication: SHA2…
    - 64 days ago, 22 Mar 18, 10:00am -
  • Is your VPN secure? How to check for leaks
    A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Mar 18, 12:10pm -
  • Is your VPN secure? How to check for leaks
    A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Mar 18, 12:10pm -
  • VPN Unlimited review: Good speeds, but what's with that map?
    VPN Unlimited in brief:P2P allowed: YesNumber of servers: 400+Business location: United States and UkraineNumber of country locations: 51Cost: $49.99KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited is interesting. It’s a typical VPN service, to be sure, but t…
    - 98 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 12:00pm -
  • HotSpot Shield review: It's fast, beautiful, and definitely not for anonymity
    HotSpot Shield in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: United StatesNumber of servers: 2,000+Number of country locations: 25Cost: $71.88 per yearUpdate: This review was updated on February 2, 2018 to add mention of AnchorFree's transpar…
    - 31 Jan 18, 10:36pm -
  • HotSpot Shield review: It's fast, beautiful, and definitely not for anonymity
    HotSpot Shield in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: United StatesNumber of servers: 2,000+Number of country locations: 25Cost: $71.88 per yearUpdate: This review was updated on February 2, 2018 to add mention of AnchorFree's transpar…
    - 31 Jan 18, 10:36pm -
  • Windscribe Pro review: It's all about the extras
    Windscribe in brief:P2P allowed: Yes, on most serversNumber of servers: 321Business location: Richmond Hill, Ontario, CanadaNumber of country locations: 50Cost: $49 billed annuallyMetropolitan Toronto is something of a VPN hub these days. W…
    - 14 Dec 17, 10:22pm -
  • Buffered VPN review: It gets the job done

    Buffered VPN review: It gets the job done

    Buffered VPN in brief:P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: Budapest, HungaryNumber of servers: 30+Number of country locations: 46Cost: $99 per yearBudapest-based Buffered VPN isn’t an exceptional product. It ‘s not particularly speedy, it…
    - 17 Nov 17, 1:00pm -
  • Hands-on: The Purism Librem 15 builds serious security into a slender laptop

    Hands-on: The Purism Librem 15 builds serious security into a slender laptop

    The Librem 15 laptop, from the privacy and freedom-oriented Linux PC maker Purism, aims to be the answer for those who want ultimate data protection. After taking this laptop for a long spin, I can safely say it delivers thoroughly on security a…
    - 25 Oct 17, 10:30am -
  • AVG Internet Security Review: A premium antivirus suite that you can put on all your household PCs
    AVG has a big advantage in the free antivirus space since it owns both Avast (acquired in 2016) and its homegrown product, AVG Free. The hope is that you’ll love the free stuff so much that you’ll eventually upgrade to one of its paid products…
    - 17 Oct 17, 6:54pm -
  • ExpressVPN review: A good service with no public leadership
    ExpressVPN in brief:P2P allowed: YesNumber of servers: 1,500+Business location: British Virgin IslandsNumber of country locations: 94*Cost: $99.95 per yearRunning a business is a public act. That’s why I don’t understand why some VPN pr…
    - 20 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet
    Surfing the web through a virtual private network ensures that your online activities are both private and secure.
    - 6 Jul 17, 11:53pm -
  • 6 ways to lock down your iPhone’s lock screen
    Just because your iPhone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID doesn’t mean it’s safe from prying eyes and fingers. From text message notifications to Siri, your phone’s lock screen is brimming with alerts, features, and settings that anyone…
    - 16 May 17, 10:30am -
  • Windows 10 Privacy: How to disable the Location features
    Windows 10’s Creators Update makes it easier to disable location tracking and also erase location history.
    - 24 Apr 17, 7:30pm -
  • Windows 10 Privacy in the Creators Update
    Windows 10 privacy settings are easier to find and use in the Creators Update. But there's a difference between getting more control and getting more privacy.
    - 17 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Three privacy tools that block your Internet provider from tracking you
    It's official: Congress has sold you out to Internet service providers, passing a bill that dismantles Internet privacy rules and allows ISPs to sell your web history and other personal information without your permission. Assuming President Trump…
    - 29 Mar 17, 3:04pm -
  • How to keep a private stash of bookmarks in Chrome
    Incognito Mode in Chrome can keep your browsing history secret unless you have a nosy Internet Service Provider, and you’re not using a VPN. But one thing incognito doesn’t keep secret are any bookmarks you’ve got. If you’ve ever wanted t…
    - 28 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger
    Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.
    - 7 Dec 16, 12:57am -
  • How to encrypt your Facebook messages with Secret Conversations

    How to encrypt your Facebook messages with Secret Conversations

    Good news, privacy enthusiasts: Facebook’s one-on-one encrypted messaging feature called Secret Conversations is now live for all Android and iOS users. Secret Conversations allows Messenger users to send end-to-end encrypted messages to thei…
    - 5 Oct 16, 3:29pm -
  • How to remove your email address from Windows 10's login screen
    We’re just weeks away from the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, which includes all kinds of new features. But along with all the big stuff like better inking and a beefed up Cortana, there are also small touches that many people will appreciat…
    - 15 Jul 16, 1:00pm -
  • How to tell if your Android phone has spyware
    A reader whom I won’t name worries that his cousin watches what he does on his Android phone. The cousin actually told him so.It’s possible that your cousin is just messing with your head. Ask for proof—such as texts you’ve sent and receiv…
    - 5 Jul 16, 10:00am -
  • All about your 'fullz' and how hackers turn your personal data into dollars
    If cyber criminals have a Holy Grail, it’s your fullz, or your full set of personal information. And they’ll go to great lengths to get it.Since 2005, more than 6,000 companies and organizations have reported breaches. Judging from prior tre…
    - 2 Jun 16, 11:30am -