Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If they are not “state sponsored” they may still be state trained. Does it benefit Russia to have some hackers it can blame for true state sponsored hacks? I think it does.
France TV Cyberattack Probe Focused on 'Russian Hackers'
The investigation into the cyberattack suffered by France's TV5Monde television channel in April is now focusing on "a group of Russian hackers", a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.
The cyberattack was carried out by unknown persons claiming to represent the Islamic State group, who shut down transmissions and placed jihadist propaganda messages on the station's website, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
But confirming information first published by L'Express newspaper, the judicial source said "the investigations are at this stage looking towards a group of Russian hackers designated by the name APT28."
In a report to be published on Wednesday, L'Express said APT28, also known as "Pawn Storm", had previously tried to hack the White House and NATO members, as well as targeting Russian dissidents and Ukrainian activists.

Are we getting closer to the true cost of sharing copyrighted material? Will prices also drop a couple orders of magnitude? Or is it just because they can now automate their offer to settle?
Like many other Hollywood studios, Warner Bros. sees online piracy as a major threat to its revenues.
Torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay represent a thorn in the side and the company is doing everything in its power to limit the damage.
For Warner Bros. this includes targeting individual users of these sites. Not just to warn them that they are breaking the law, but also by demanding money from alleged pirates.
Just recently the Hollywood studio started sending settlement demands to Internet subscribers whose accounts were used to download and share an episode of the popular sitcom Friends.
… To resolve the matter Warner Bros. offers the account holder an opportunity to settle the case, linking to the page below where the recipient can submit a payment of $20 to avoid further trouble.
… However, the automated settlement offers haven’t been without controversy. Warner Bros. and Rightscorp, the company behind the scheme, have been sued for abuse and harassment by several accused downloaders.

This is interesting. Would this ruling also impact the IRS?
Did A Judge Just Undermine The Administrative State With SEC Ruling?
A federal judge’s ruling against the Securities and Exchange Commission for using its own judges in an insider-trading case might be looked at in hindsight as the beginning of the end of an alternative system of justice that took root in the New Deal but has raised serious constitutional questions ever since.
In a 45-page ruling yesterday, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in Atlanta issued an injunction halting administrative law proceedings against Charles Hill, a businessman the SEC has accused of reaping an illegal $744,000 profit trading in Radian Systems stock. The judge ruled that the agency violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution by subjecting Hill to proceedings before an administrative law judge who isn’t directly accountable to the President, officials in charge of the SEC or the courts.
While it’s just a single ruling by a single judge on a seemingly arcane point of administrative law, the decision echoes the deep concerns some judges and academics have about extrajudicial proceedings, said Philip Hamburger, a professor a Columbia Law School and author of “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?,” a book that compares the modern administrative state to the Star Chamber operated by King James I.

I'm considering collecting Apps my students use – particularly those they think help them learn. But I'm curious about the “time wasters” too.
5 iPhone Apps Your Teenager Has Probably Installed

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