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Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Law enforcement officials in the United Kingdom have arrested half a dozen teenagers who are said to have used a tool from Lizard Squad to carry out cyberattacks against online retailers, a school, a newspaper, and more. The teenagers, who range in age from 15 to 18, have been released on bail; the collective allegedly used Bitcoin to purchase the Lizard Stresser tool in a bid for anonymity, but none are part of Lizard Squad. The arrests were made as part of a larger operation codenamed “Vivarium”.

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Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

The Virginia teenager who supported ISIS on Twitter, among other things, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. The matter concerns 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin, the Virginia-based teenager behind the “@Amreekiwitness” Twitter account that offered support to ISIS and disseminated ISIS propaganda. Reportedly, the support included providing information on using Bitcoin to send financial support to terrorists. The teen plead guilty to running the Twitter account in mid-June.

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SoundCloud faces lawsuit over alleged failure to pay royalties

SoundCloud faces lawsuit over alleged failure to pay royalties

Contentions regarding SoundCloud and the payment of royalties has been long-running, and now the audio streaming service is facing a lawsuit from Performing Rights Society for Music, more commonly referred to as PRS. The entity advised its members recently that it has sought for SoundCloud to “recognize their responsibilities” repeatedly; PRS states SoundCloud requires a license to operate in Europe and the United Kingdom. PRS went further and issued a press statement advising that it has “no choice” in the matter, and that after a half a decade of failed negotiations, it must proceed with a lawsuit.

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North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

A bill in North Dakota called Bill 1328 was originally intended to prevent law enforcement from being able to weaponize drones. Before the bill was passed into law, the verbiage was modified to ban the drones from being fitted with lethal weapons. That means no drones for police in North Dakota with guns or missiles, but less than lethal weapons are ok.

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Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term

Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term

When a company’s product so thoroughly corners a market that it becomes well-known even by those who have never used it, the company faces a problem: generic use of that product’s name. You’re likely to hear the term “dumpster” used generically, for example, as it is now a genericized trademark due to its common usage. Other trademarks have suffered the same fate — yo-yo, for example, and aspirin. Adobe doesn’t want its popular photo-editing software Photoshop to suffer the same fate, but it may be too late to stop it.

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10 car makers sued over keyless ignition dangers

10 car makers sued over keyless ignition dangers

Newer vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition may potentially be deadly if adequate safety measures aren't implemented. We've seen reports in the past of drivers forgetting to power their car off after parking it in the garage, only to later discover that it is still running and has produced a build-up of potentially lethal carbon monoxide. Now 10 auto makers in the United States have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the issue has resulted in 13 deaths due to what is said to be a "defect" with the vehicles.

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Silk Road competitor Agora closes over Tor vulnerability

Silk Road competitor Agora closes over Tor vulnerability

The government may have taken down Silk Road (and its successor Silk Road 2.0), but that underground market was merely a drop in the ocean, and one of its biggest competitors, Agora, remains live. Or, at least, it did until just recently. The darknet market has been taken offline by its administrators over fears that a security flaw could allow its servers to be located. The concerns revolve around a security issue with the Tor network detailed last month by MIT.

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IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

The massive IRS data breach has resulted in a lawsuit from affected taxpayers. The hack was announced in May, and affected about 330,000 (or more) taxpayers who used the IRS’ “Get Transcript” service. The hackers, who are said to have originated from Russia, made off with sensitive personal details, including social security numbers and home addresses. Using this information, the hackers then spoofed tax paperwork and were able to steal millions in refunds.

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Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

Ashley Madison users report extortion: more lawsuits filed

The damage caused by the Ashley Madison leak is growing, and some former users are reporting that others have attempted to extort them using information contained in the data dumps. Eight individuals residing in the United States have filed lawsuits against the infidelity website, and the service is facing similar legal action from users in Canada. The lawsuits cite a host of reasons for the legal action: violations of privacy, breach of contract, negligence, and more.

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Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Facebook ‘Spam King’ pleads guilty, faces 3 years in jail

Sanford Wallace, the so-called ‘Spam King’ of Facebook, has plead guilty to sending in excess of 27 million spam messages using the social network. This is a legal matter that stretches back years, and involves approximately 500,000 Facebook accounts that were compromised. Wallace, now 47, plead guilty yesterday to using Facebook for mass spamming in 2008 and 2009. Wallace plead guilty to both fraud and criminal contempt — he is said to have violated a court order that had barred him from accessing Facebook. Sentencing will not take place until this upcoming December.

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Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Wyndham Worldwide Corp. must face a case against it from the Federal Trade Commission, a US appeals court has ruled. The case is in regards to Wyndham’s alleged failure to protect its customers’ data. In both 2008 and 2009, Wyndham suffered three cyberattacks that ultimately left in excess of 619,000 card accounts vulnerable. Many consumers were then hit with fraudulent charges after the Russian hackers behind the breach disseminated the stolen information.

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Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Pokemon World Championship entrants arrested with trunk full of guns

Two young men were arrested in Boston late last week after they were illegally in possession of a large number of guns and ammunition. While the good news here is that another awful public shooting incident may have been prevented, the strange part is that the two were participants in the Pokemon World Championships. The Boston Police Department had been warned in advance after James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin North, 18, had posted an image of the weapons on Facebook along with mentions of the tournament.

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