Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! You can’t even trust potential lawyers!
Hard disk mysteriously stolen after DU compiled attendance of law students
Prawesh Lama reports:
A computer’s hard disk along with its CPU was stolen from Law Faculty in Delhi University on December 3 — the day officials started compiling the attendance of faculty members and that of over 7,000 law students.
The law faculty’s dean, Ved Kumari, in her complaint alleged that the stolen CPU contained records of attendance of both students and teachers.
Read more on Hindustan Times.
[From the article:
Out of over 7,000 students, the attendance of around 200 students were reportedly below the minimum required attendance mark. It is mandatory for every student to have at least 70% attendance to be eligible to sit for an examination. The law faculty has its semester exam this month.

Something for my Ethical Hacking students to try? Okay, probably not.
Remote Hack of a Boeing 757
Last month, the DHS announced that it was able to remotely hack a Boeing 757:
"We got the airplane on Sept. 19, 2016. Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration," said Robert Hickey, aviation program manager within the Cyber Security Division of the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.
"[Which] means I didn't have anybody touching the airplane, I didn't have an insider threat. I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft." Hickey said the details of the hack and the work his team are doing are classified, but said they accessed the aircraft's systems through radio frequency communications, adding that, based on the RF configuration of most aircraft, "you can come to grips pretty quickly where we went" on the aircraft.

...because it’s so easy, that’s why!
Wired – How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web
Bryan Merchant: “There are some 269 billion emails sent and received daily. That’s roughly 35 emails for every person on the planet, every day. Over 40 percent of those emails are tracked, according to a study published last June by OMC, an “email intelligence” company that also builds anti-tracking tools. The tech is pretty simple. Tracking clients embed a line of code in the body of an email—usually in a 1×1 pixel image, so tiny it’s invisible, but also in elements like hyperlinks and custom fonts. When a recipient opens the email, the tracking client recognizes that pixel has been downloaded, as well as where and on what device. Newsletter services, marketers, and advertisers have used the technique for years, to collect data about their open rates; major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter followed suit in their ongoing quest to profile and predict our behavior online…”

Could we do this here? Would nervous parents insist they need to keep in touch with their kids?
France to ban mobile phones in schools from September
The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools.
Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks.

Shouldn’t judges do it whenever they have a question?
ABA issues ethical guidance on when judges should use the internet for independent factual research
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued Formal Opinion 478 that provides the nation’s judicial branch guidance related to the ethical boundaries of independent factual research on the internet. The guidance is consistent with the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but notes that judicial notice is governed by the law of evidence in each jurisdiction. The opinion draws a bright-line distinction between independent investigation of “adjudicative facts” and research of “legislative facts” of law and policy. Formal Opinion 478 also provides guidance on internet research by judges of the lawyers and the parties involved in the case. “Stated simply, a judge should not gather adjudicative facts from any source on the Internet unless the information is subject to proper judicial notice,” Formal Opinion 478 said. “Further … judges should not use the Internet for independent fact-gathering related to a pending or impending matter where the parties can easily be asked to research or provide the information. The same is true of the activities or characteristics of the litigants or other participants in the matter.” The opinion provides five hypothetical situations, and provides an analysis of each and how they might be handled by a judge. The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility periodically issues ethics opinions to advise lawyers, courts and the public in interpreting and applying ABA model ethics rules to specific issues of legal practice, client-lawyer relationships and judicial behavior. Formal Opinion 478 and previous ABA ethics opinions are available on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility website under “Latest Ethics Opinions.” Go to for the ABA’s new feature that cites case and statutory law and other legal precedents to distinguish legal fact from fiction.”

Perspective. Try a search for your hot button.
Year in Search 2017

For the Movie club...
Costco Partners With MoviePass
… Costco and MoviePass announced that they have partnered (along with MoviePass streaming affiliate, Fandor) to offer a "Movie Lovers' Package" to the public.
… the Costco offer provides a one-year subscription to MoviePass and Fandor for a flat fee of $89.99. The deal is available exclusively to Costco members and only until December 18th.

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