Monday, December 14, 2015

This one is likely no big deal, but it made me wonder how much information about me Centennial has on it's website.Turns out, they link to a lot of data. 
Uh oh. GoLocalProv reports:
The City of Providence’s website has been hacked and the hacker has posted an ominous message claiming to have control of sensitive data and that the data is for sale.
It is unknown what data, if any, is under the control of the City of Providence, but as three years ago the City of Providence accidentally gave GoLocalProv the Social Security numbers to thousands of retired City Workers.
The message posted reads:
Sorry You g0t Hacked by g0tchack
contact: [email protected]

Read more on GoLocalProv, who reference an earlier breach by the city in March, 2012 that had never been reported on this site. That breach involved the unintended disclosure of 3,000 former employees’ Social Security numbers in response to a public records request by the media site. Although the city attempted to mask the SSN column, they did not do so adequately, it seems.

This sounds interesting. Oral argument videos linked from the article.
Orin Kerr writes:
On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit heard argument in Facebook v. Power Ventures, an important case on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). The case considers whether a company violated the CFAA by accessing Facebook accounts with user permission in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service, even after Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company and blocked its IP address. And that’s not the only CFAA case the Ninth Circuit recently heard on using shared passwords. A different panel heard argument in United States v. Nosal on a similar question but involving very different facts.
Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy.
[From the article:
In a forthcoming essay on the CFAA, “Norms of Computer Trespass,” to be published in the Columbia Law Review, I offer an approach to deciding both of these cases.

This could be amusing…
NY AG Requests Users Submit Internet Speed Data as Part of Internet Provider Probe
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 13, 2015
News release: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced his office has launched an online form where New Yorkers can test and then submit data on the Internet speeds they are receiving at home. In October, the Attorney General sent letters to Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cablevision asking for documents related to whether the Internet speeds they advertise are actually what households are receiving. The new online test is an opportunity for consumers to discover whether the advertised speeds are accurate. “New Yorkers should get the Internet speeds they pay for. Too many of us may be paying for one thing, and getting another,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “By conducting these tests, consumers can uncover whether they are receiving the Internet speeds they have paid for.” Full instructions for taking the broadband test can be viewed here.”
[The instructions begin with:
Run the broadband speed test at

Something to amuse my Computer Forensics students.
How to Really Hide Folders Full of Questionable Content

What you don't know will amuse you. Worth reading!
The Astonishing Power of YouNow
Zach Clayton, 15, is the most famous person on a social network most people have never heard of. In the summer of 2014, Zach created an account on YouNow, an app where users can broadcast themselves live on video to a crowd of faceless viewers or else duck under an anonymous screen name and join the crowd. Zach chose the former, and soon he was broadcasting to the site every single day, sometimes for hours and hours at a time, first to a crowd of a dozen people, then a couple hundred, then 8,000. The moment he discovered YouNow, Zach told me recently, “everything started clicking.”
Today 510,000 people follow Zach’s YouNow handle @BruhItsZach.
… When Zach’s mother, Apryll Priest, first discovered that her teenage son was broadcasting live from his bedroom, “I kind of freaked out a little bit,” she told me. “I was like any typical parent. I was scared that, like, pedophiles were watching him.” Then she started watching the broadcasts for herself.
… YouNow founder Adi Sideman had been tinkering in what he calls “the user-generated video space” for 15 years when everything started clicking for him
… “All of a sudden, everybody has a camera in their pocket. There’s Wi-Fi everywhere. Social networks allow people to distribute their own content,” Sideman says. “We were all becoming broadcast stations.” He launched YouNow in 2011.
… on YouNow, you don’t see what the broadcaster sees—you see the broadcaster himself. You click into a stream and stare into his eyes. YouNow’s camera is always set, by default, to selfie mode. The whole site is designed to create personalities and foster fandoms around them
… YouNow says $1.5 million passes through the site’s tip jars every month and that it pays out over 50 percent of that to the partners who raised the money. (Zach’s mom Priest confirms that Zach gets this cut, though she won’t say how much he makes. A British YouNow star says she makes 1,500–2,000 pounds a month, and Sideman has said top earners have the potential to make up to $50,000 a year.)

Just because.
Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 13, 2015
Maggs, Gregory E. and Schenck, Lisa M., Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials (2015). Modern Military Justice: Cases and Materials, 2nd Edition, 2015; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2015-49; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-49. Available for download at SSRN:
“This textbook is about the modern military justice system of the United States. It covers court-martial procedures, substantive criminal law, and non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in addition to the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives the federal courts jurisdiction over certain acts committed abroad, and the Military Commissions Acts of 2006 and 2009, which created military tribunals for trying enemy beligerents. The Second Edition includes several recent cases and addresses some of the significant changes that Congress has recently made to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and that the President has made to the Manual for Courts-Martial.”

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