Are these the right guys or are they being truthful when they claim not to be the first hackers? (Just started after Sony when it became apparent Sony had lousy security...)
(In)security update: Arrests in Sony hacking, plus Acer breach
June 10, 2011 by admin
Levi Sumagaysay writes:
Spain has arrested three people in connection with hacking Sony’s PlayStation Network. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spanish police say the three are members of hacker group Anonymous, which has recently claimed responsibility for various attacks on companies such as MasterCard and Visa, as well as Sony. (Although Anonymous has said it was not responsible for the theft of credit-card information of more than 100 million Sony customers. See Sony said, Anonymous said: No real answers yet in outage and data breach.) The New York Times reports today that according to police, the same computer server, found in one of the suspect’s homes, was used to attack the PSN online gaming store was also used to attack banks and various government websites, from Spain to Egypt to New Zealand. The three suspects, all 30-somethings from Spain, have been released but are facing charges including disruption of a computer system.
Read more on Good Morning Silicon Valley.
I'm sure the wise and honorable legislature in Connecticut were aware the Amazon had promised to do this (and had done it before) so they must be going after some other Internet based company. I just can't figure out who that would be...
Similar to a move made in Illinois a few months ago, Amazon has shut down its Associates program in Connecticut after the state imposed a sales tax measure that would tax any purchases made online starting July 1. We’ve embedded the note sent to participants in the Amazon Associates Program below.
As you may know, the program allows website owners to earn money from advertising and linking to Amazon product on their sites. Connecticut has not been able to collect local sales tax on online purchases because these online retailers don’t have an actual brick and mortar presence in the state. But states like Illinois and Connecticut are maintaining that large e-commerce sites like Amazon and Overstock.com, who both run affiliate programs, have a presence because of these local affiliates.
… Amazon has shown in the past that its not afraid to shut down Associates programs in States that impose an online sales tax. The e-commerce giant has made similar moves in Hawaii, Colorado, North Caroline and most recently, Illinois. In fact, Overstock exited Connecticut in late May for the same reason.
This will attract lawyers like ants to a picnic...
Women’s clothing designer Tory Burch has been awarded $164 million in damages from online counterfeiters that have been selling copies of her shoes, bags and clothing on the web. According to Women’s Wear Daily, this is the largest amount of money awarded to a fashion designer for damages from online counterfeiters. For background, in 2008, eBay was forced to pay Louis Vuitton $61 million over the sale of counterfeit bags and accessories on the auction marketplace.
… In addition to monetary damages, the court ordered that 232 domain names that were being to used to sell counterfeit Tory Burch products be permanently disabled and turned over to Tory Burch. The financial accounts used to sell the counterfeit goods were restrained as well. And the court has also allowed for Tory Burch to disable additional rogue websites that the counterfeiters set up in the future without needing a new lawsuit.
… Isen says that so far, Tory Burch has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from PayPal, which many of the online counterfeiters used to collect funds for goods from customers.
What’s interesting about the ruling is how the massive amount in damages will affect future rulings against online counterfeiters. And that online payements companies like PayPal are also held accountable. Clearly, the precedent is set and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see similar lawsuits (and judgements) in the future.
How could this possibly happen? “Bad research is easier than good research.” “Find something that supports your argument, then stop.” “You can find anything on the Internet.”
"The Canadian IP Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's IP lobby arm, has been caught floating false claims about the scope of counterfeiting in Canada. Recent claims include citing a figure based on numbers the FBI rejects ($22.5 billion), a figure the Canadian police won't support ($30 billion), and when pressed on the issue, it now points to yet another source that upon review indicates it fabricated its claims."
Now here is reliance on technology... How long before this is in the US?
"Apparently the Russians are starting to add lie detectors to their ATMs in an attempt to prevent identity theft and bad withdraws. 'Consumers with no previous relationship with the bank could talk to the machine to apply for a credit card, with no human intervention required on the bank’s end. The machine scans a passport, records fingerprints and takes a three-dimensional scan for facial recognition. And it uses voice-analysis software to help assess whether the person is truthfully answering questions that include “Are you employed?” and “At this moment, do you have any other outstanding loans?”'"
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Earlier this week, the National Security Agency announced that it had declassified and released to the National Archives “over 50,000 pages of historic records,” according to an agency statement. The document dump was “the first in a series of releases planned over the next two years” as part of NSA’s “commitment” to comply with President Obama’s January, 2009 memo demanding more transparency from federal agencies. Last month, the CIA released a trove of allegedly-explosive information from World War I, including the 90 year-old German formula for invisible ink.
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