DOJ Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers With “Cyber Espionage”

May 23, 14 DOJ Charges Five Chinese Military Hackers With “Cyber Espionage”

Posted in Hacking, Litigation, Security

As you may have heard, this week the Department of Justice indicted five military hackers, for “cyber espionage” against U.S. businesses. From the press release: The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to hack into American entities, to maintain unauthorized access to their computers and to steal...

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Employees With Authorized Access To Valuable Data Cannot Be Hackers Under The CFAA

Apr 11, 14 Employees With Authorized Access To Valuable Data Cannot Be Hackers Under The CFAA

Posted in Hacking, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Security

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) A recent decision from Pennsylvania calls into question the current statutory definition of hacking. The plaintiffs in this case are the former employers of the defendants.  The plaintiffs had a password-protected system and provided their employees with access to the files they required...

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Hackers Take Aim At Veterans That Use Internet Explorer

Feb 24, 14 Hackers Take Aim At Veterans That Use Internet Explorer

Posted in Hacking, Security

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) Winter Storm Pax wasn’t the only threat the U.S. faced in the days leading up to Presidents Day weekend. The U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars website was also hacked. Referring to the hack as Operation SnowMan, the security firm who discovered the exploit (FireEye) “believe[s] the...

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Kickstarter Is The Latest Big-Name Website To Be Hit By Hackers

Feb 17, 14 Kickstarter Is The Latest Big-Name Website To Be Hit By Hackers

Posted in Hacking, Security

Over the weekend, perhaps you received an email from Yancey Strickler, the CEO of the leading crowdfunding site Kickstarter. This email did not implore its readers to throw some dollars behind a new documentary, technology or much-anticipated motion picture. No, this email from the CEO was different: On Wednesday night, law...

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Snapchat Security Under Fire As Hackers Steal 4.6 Million Users’ Data

Jan 08, 14 Snapchat Security Under Fire As Hackers Steal 4.6 Million Users’ Data

Posted in Data Breaches, Hacking, Security

While we were out of the office for the holiday period, one tech-law news story caught our eye more than all the others. Snapchat, the smartphone app that a teenager can probably explain the appeal of, suffered a large-scale security crisis on New Year’s Eve. As the WSJ Digits Blog reports: On Tuesday night [December 31st], a...

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Romanian Hackers Charged With Breaking Into Point Of Sales Systems

By IT-Lex Shannon Allen (Linkedin) Four Romanian nationals are charged in a hacking conspiracy in US District Court in New Hampshire.  The hackers collected customer credit card information from 80,000 Subway (and other retail) customers and made millions of dollars of unauthorized purchases by hacking the restaurant’s point of...

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Hackers Honor Guy Fawkes By Hitting NBC, Lady Gaga Sites

Several outlets posted yesterday about how a hacker named “pyknik” managed to hack into the official NBC website, plus a popular Lady Gaga fansite, and put up the above graphic. Mashable posted the full scrolling text, an allusion to Guy Fawkes’ Night, which read: “Remember, remember the fifth of November. The...

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Hackers Hit Florida College, Steal Over 50 Identities

Last week we told you about an accidental leak of private personal information from the University of Chicago; today’s story about Northwest Florida State College is even worse. Yesterday, the Florida Department of Education announced that this particular college’s systems had been hacked, and the personal info of a...

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