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Encryption vs. Fifth Amendment

July 27, 2015
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The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” U.S. Const. amend. V. Known as the prohibition against self-incrimination, this clause of the Fifth Amendment is commonly asserted by defendants in criminal trials. Its applicability in those contexts is […]

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Complaint filed against Lenovo over pre-installed Superfish adware

February 20, 2015
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A complaint has been filed against Lenovo in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for Lenovo’s admitted (pdf) preloading of Superfish adware on their customers’ computers. Superfish injects product recommendations into search results and displays ads on otherwise legitimate pages. But, it also includes a universal self-signed certificate authority. This universal certificate authority allows man-in-the-middle attacks to inject ads even on […]

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Court finds Dish Network liable for 50+ million illegal telemarketing calls

January 29, 2015
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On March 25, 2009, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), filed suit against Dish Network in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois for telemarketing violations. In its suit, the DOJ was joined by California, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina. On December 12, 2014, the court found Dish […]

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Can accessing a publicly available web page land you in prison under the CFAA?

January 21, 2015
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (See 18 U.S.C. § 1030) is a law that generally prohibits intentionally accessing a computer, without authorization, and obtaining information from a protected computer. Though Congress decided to leave interpretation of “without authorization” to the courts. This causes some uncertainty in analyzing whether certain online behavior might be illegal – especially […]

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What is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)?

January 3, 2015
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (See 18 U.S.C. § 1030) is a law that, generally, prohibits intentionally accessing a computer, without authorization (or exceeding authorized access), and obtaining information from a protected computer. Breadth Because of the manner it was written and interpreted, the CFAA governs much of our regular online activity. As summarized above, the CFAA […]

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