Sunday, January 10, 2016

An interesting exercise for my Ethical Hacking students. Would there be value in a marketplace that was safe for both sides? Could we structure such a marketplace?
Sean Sposito reports on companies buying, or arranging to buy through an intermediary, stolen data on the dark web. They do it to verify whether the data are real or whether they’ve had a leak, and they generally don’t spend much – only buying a small sample of data, but the practice is controversial. Read more on Express News.

No one has asked me! (No answers here either.)
Judges struggle with cyber crime punishment
Judges are struggling to determine the appropriate punishments for cyber crimes even as U.S. law enforcement works to bring more of the Internet’s bad actors to justice.
Cyber crime is such a recent phenomenon that there are few guideposts for judges to use, experts say.
“Cybercrimes on the grand scheme are so new, they’re kind of playing it by each individual case,” said Dr. Catherine Marcum, a criminal justice professor who has studied cybercrime sentencing. “A lot of the [cybercrime] legislation has been in the last 10 or 15 years and they’re trying to figure out how to apply it and how to use it.”
… One of the factors the guidelines tell judges to take into account is the so-called “loss,” or the financial harm caused by a cyber crime. But the guidelines define “loss” far more broadly for CFAA convictions than they do for other crimes.
Loss can include any reasonable cost to the victim — including the cost of restoring a system or conducting a damage assessment — whether or not that loss was foreseeable.

I may even read this.
Rhetoric and Law
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jan 9, 2016
“…His ideas about judges and judging command attention because of his authority as a thinker and a doer. His approach to law, some legal scholars contend, makes the field worthy of a Nobel Prize—which he would win, many say, by acclamation. At 77, he has been the most influential American legal scholar during his almost half-century in the academy, for all but one year at the University of Chicago Law School: in 2000, Fred Shapiro, a librarian at Yale Law School, calculated that Posner was the most cited legal scholar “of all time” by a wide margin (Holmes was third). He is also in his thirty-fifth year as a highly respected member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He has been among the country’s most influential judges in shaping other court decisions, measured by the number of times other judges have cited his judicial opinions….”

Cute slides, but I'd rather read an article. (What's with the blank slides?)
Fin (Legal) Tech – Law’s Future from Finance’s Past
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Jan 9, 2016
Fin (Legal) Tech – Law’s Future from Finance’s Past – Professors Daniel Martin Katz & Michael J. Bommarito II – “In today’s analogy du jour – we explore a variety of innovations in the financial technology space (i.e. fintech) and how they map to the current and future legal technology space.”

Back in “ye olde days,” every movie cowboy could call his horse with a whistle. I thought that would be a very cool feature for self-driving cars, but I guess it is still a ways off. Can't wait for them to get these bugs worked out.
Tesla Software Update Lets You 'Summon' Your Model S
… It's also important to know that the Summon mode isn't perfect; it might not detect certain objects in your garage, for example, which could lead to an unpleasant scratching of your car's paint job (or worse) if you aren't paying attention. Tesla also suggests that its cars' owners only use the mode on flat driveways.
Though Summon mode can also open and shut your garage door once your car is safely in or out—if your garage door supports HomeLink—Tesla urges owners to not treat the feature as a hit-the-button, walk-inside kind of a convenience.
"You must stay in proximity to your vehicle and continually monitor and maintain control of it when using this feature. You should only use this feature on private property," reads Tesla's notes.

Dilbert on juries & justice.

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