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William Barr confirmed to lead the Justice Department

On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee William Barr as the next head of the Justice Department. Barr was nominated to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions who fell out of favor with the Trump administration and resigned last year. Barr will step in for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who controversially stepped into the role in December amidst criticism over his view of the Robert Mueller investigation. Barr isn’t a new name to the DOJ, having served in the nat...
Tags: TC, Congress, Kentucky, Oregon, Government, Senate, Tech, Rand Paul, Department Of Justice, North Carolina, Doj, Justice Department, Ron Wyden, Trump, George H W Bush, Jeff Sessions


DOJ charges former US Air Force officer with spying for Iran

Prosecutors have brought charges against a former Air Force officer for allegedly spying for Iran, the Justice Department confirmed Wednesday. Monica Witt, a former Air Force counter-intelligence officer, is accused of defecting to Iran in 2013, after leaving the military in 2008 after more than a decade’s service and later working as a defense contractor. Prosecutors said the officer, who according to the unsealed indictment had the highest level of top secret clearance, disclosed the details o...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Texas, Government, Tech, Iran, Fbi, United States, Hacking, Department Of Justice, Air Force, Doj, Justice Department, US Air Force, Officer, U.s. Government


Inaugural Music Business Power 10 List [Glenn Peoples]

As a kind of response to Billboard's most recent 'Powe 100' list, Glenn Peoples has here assembled a power list of individuals in the music industry who hold a significant of power and influence in the respective positions, but for one reason or another may have been passed up by Billboard. ___________________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples from Medium Billboard’s latest Power 100 is out today. Just for fun, I thought I’d make my own list of powerful, influential people...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Congress, San Francisco, Chicago, David, Pandora, United States, Ozzy Osbourne, Guest Post, Drake, Aeg, Department Of Justice, North America


Liability roundup

“Illinois Supreme Court Allows No-Injury Biometric Information Privacy Act Claims in Complete Victory for Plaintiffs’ Bar” [Locke Lord] Google’s “which museum portrait is your selfie like?” an early local casualty [Illinois Policy and generally on the law] “Class action reform isn’t dead. It’s just not coming from Congress” [Alison Frankel, Reuters] To get around Daimler v. Bauman line of cases, state statutes now provide that by registering to do business in the state an out-of-state bu...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Technology, Law, Congress, Suicide, Uncategorized, Beck, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Asbestos, Daimler, Class Actions, George Washington Bridge


Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos’ private messages

In his extraordinary Medium post last week accusing American Media Inc of “extortion and blackmail,” Bezos hinted (but did not explicitly state) that there may be a connection between Saudi Arabia and the publication of his personal messages with Lauren Sanchez. Now Saudi Arabia’s minister of foreign affairs has denied it was involved, stating during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Saudi government had “nothing to do with it.” Last month, the National Enquirer published a serie...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Post, Politics, Abc, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Cbs, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Bezos


US antitrust merger investigations neared record lows in 2018 even as scrutiny of Facebook, Google and Amazon picked up

The US resolved fewer anti-trust merger investigations in 2018 than in any year since 2013, according to a new report from the law firm Dechert. Just 23 significant merger investigations concluded last year, the second lowest since 22 concluded in 2013.  The average investigation lasted 10.5 months, according to the report. The report comes just months after the Department of Justice announced reforms aimed at speeding up the merger review process. US antitrust investigations of large mergers...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Department Of Justice, Trump, Google Facebook, Facebook Google, Jim VandeHei, Amazon Google, Dechert, Trump Administration, Jonathan Swan


The Guardian view on the US case against Huawei: the conflict sharpens | Editorial

The Chinese firm is under increasing pressure, and so are countries considering its role in their 5G networksThe struggle between the US and China is coming into sharper relief. In the weeks since the arrest of a top executive from telecoms giant Huawei, Beijing has directed pressure at Toronto – which held her at the behest of Washington, according to their extradition treaty – rather than risk challenging its rival head-on. Now the US has formally confirmed its request and filed criminal charg...
Tags: Business, Technology, Washington, China, Americas, US, Toronto, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Mobile Phones, Beijing, Canada, Asia Pacific, T Mobile


US announces criminal charges against Huawei, seeks to extradite its CFO

In a press event today, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it is pursuing criminal charges against Chinese mobile giant Huawei. Following a story from earlier this month, TechCrunch previously reported that the indictments were set to be unsealed soon. A grand jury in Seattle has charged Huawei with conspiracy to steal trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice for the company’s alleged attempts to move potential...
Tags: TC, New York, Government, China, US, Tech, Iran, Fbi, Canada, United States, Vancouver, Department Of Justice, Seattle, Huawei, U S Department of Justice, Christopher Wray


U.S. announces criminal charges against Huawei, seeks to extradite its CFO

In a press event today, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it is pursuing criminal charges against Chinese mobile giant Huawei. Following a story from earlier this month, TechCrunch previously reported that the indictments were set to be unsealed soon. A grand jury in Seattle has charged Huawei with conspiracy to steal trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice for the company’s alleged attempts to move potentia...
Tags: TC, New York, Government, China, US, Tech, Iran, Fbi, Canada, United States, Vancouver, Department Of Justice, Seattle, Huawei, U S Department of Justice, Christopher Wray


A simple data analysis disproves the argument for building a border wall

Ken Miller Contributor Ken Miller is an investor, writer and advisor to several technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously he was an executive at PayPal and Intuit, and early advisor to Square. More posts by this contributor As hyper-conservative media surged, Republicans’ trust in news cratered Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans Sometimes the end justifies the means. Other times it clearly doe...
Tags: Column, Texas, Mexico, White House, Immigration, America, Tech, Paypal, United States, President, CBP, Department Of Justice, Department Of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Intuit, Trump


FBI Arrests Three More Men Who Hired 'SWAT' Perpetrator

"Three men allegedly conspired with admitted 'swatter' Tyler Barriss to make hoax reports of bombs and murders to police departments, high schools and a convention center across the United States, according to three indictments unsealed today," reports America's Department of Justice. An anonymous reader quotes NBC News: The three people charged -- Neal Patel, 23, of Des Plaines, Illinois; Tyler Stewart, 19, of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and Logan Patten, 19, of Greenwood, Missouri -- are not accuse...
Tags: America, Tech, Indiana, Fbi, United States, Missouri, Kansas, Dallas, Ohio, Department Of Justice, Patten, Wichita, Patel, Milford Connecticut, Des Plaines Illinois, Andrew Finch


The mysterious story of former Theranos president Sunny Balwani, who former employees saw as an 'enforcer' and now faces criminal charges of wire fraud

The Department of Justice in June charged Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former Theranos president Sunny Balwani with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Not much is known about Balwani, who Wall Street Journal investigative reporter and author of "Bad Blood" John Carreyrou found was in a romantic relationship with Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes during the time he was at the company.  Balwani and Holmes confirmed their relationship in ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Stanford, US, Trends, Beijing, SEC, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Lotus, Abc News, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Stanford University, Securities And Exchange Commission, Theranos


Millions of files from the Oklahoma government, including details of FBI investigations, were left exposed in a massive data breach

FBI files were left exposed in a massive data breach stemming from the Oklahoma government, a cybersecurity firm says. The company, UpGuard, says it discovered in December that the Oklahoma Department of Securities left millions of files unprotected on a public server. UpGuard's researchers called the Oklahoma government's handling of the data breach "irresponsible." Millions of files pertaining to sensitive FBI investigations were left exposed on an unprotected internet server, cybersecuri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Oklahoma, Forbes, Chris Vickery, UpGuard, Forbes It, Oklahoma Department of Securities


US gambling operators have 90 days to comply with new rules

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Department of Justice will wait 90 days to implement a legal opinion that will affect online gambling. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday issued a memo saying the delay will allow businesses to adjust their operations. The legal opinion that became public Monday says a federal law that prohibits […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, US, Ap, Nation, Las Vegas, Department Of Justice, Rod Rosenstein


The US Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Gizmodo report, written by national security reporter and transparency activist Emma Best: Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Shortly before this was made public, the FBI reconfirmed its investigation of WikiLeaks was ongoing, and the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice was optimistic that it would be able to extradit...
Tags: Dnc, Tech, Fbi, Army, Julian Assange, Department Of Justice, Wikileaks, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, Chelsea Manning, Jacob Appelbaum, Assange, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Emma Best, David House, Chelsea Manning WikiLeaks


President Trump's Government Shutdown Is Breaking Federal Websites

Dozens of federal government websites are not working correctly due to the ongoing government shutdown, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday, including ones for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and some NASA and Department of Justice webpages. According to BuzzFeed, these sites and others appear to be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nasa, Cybersecurity, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Federal Government, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Seventh Circuit of the U S Court of Appeals


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors. According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based internet security services company, many government domains can’t be accessed u...
Tags: Security, Government, US, Tech, E-commerce, Nasa, Cryptography, United States, Https, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Google-chrome, Trump, Netcraft, Public Key Infrastructure, Key Management


Security Vulnerabilities in Cell Phone Systems

Good essay on the inherent vulnerabilities in the cell phone standards and the market barriers to fixing them. So far, industry and policymakers have largely dragged their feet when it comes to blocking cell-site simulators and SS7 attacks. Senator Ron Wyden, one of the few lawmakers vocal about this issue, sent a letter in August encouraging the Department of Justice to "be forthright with federal courts about the disruptive nature of cell-site simulators." No response has ever been published....
Tags: Apple, Law Enforcement, Cell Phones, Department Of Justice, Ron Wyden, Vulnerabilities, Bruce Schneier, Eavesdropping, Security Engineering, National Security Policy, Economics Of Security, AT T Verizon Google


Non Sequiturs: 12.30.18

* In 2018, what did Donald Trump talk about when he talked about the courts? Adam Feldman dives into the data to find out. [Empirical SCOTUS] * Speaking of President Trump and the judiciary, he continues to appoint federal judges at a record pace -- but the Democrats are doing everything they can to slow down his progress. [Bench Memos / National Review] * If you care at all about affordable housing, then you should be heartened by these developments in the fight against exclusionary zoning, a...
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Artificial Intelligence, Health Care, Federal Judges, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Litigation, Legal Technology, Litigators, Trump, Adam Feldman


Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process

Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. The complaint, which has been sealed at Oracle’s request, is available in the public record with redactions. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same argument the company used when it filed a similar complaint with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last August. The GAO ruled against Oracle last mo...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Lawsuit, Enterprise, Microsoft, US, Tech, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, RFP, Department Of Justice, Defense Department, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Dod


Oracle is suing the U.S. government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process

Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. The complaint, which has been sealed at Oracle’s request, is available in the public record with redactions. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same argument the company used when it filed a similar complaint with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last August. The GAO ruled against Oracle last mo...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Lawsuit, Enterprise, Microsoft, US, Tech, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, RFP, Department Of Justice, Defense Department, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Dod


The Feds Are Now Looking Into Who Sent Millions of Fake Net Neutrality Comments to the FCC

Federal investigators are looking into whether the mass submission of millions of fraudulent letters on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission’s digital comment system was a crime as part of a Department of Justice investigation, BuzzFeed News reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Isps, Department Of Justice, BuzzFeed News, Ajit Pai, Open Internet Rules, Net Neutrality Comments


An important reform in antitrust law could be on the way

Last week, the United States Supreme Court signaled that it was about to adopt a major change in antitrust law. In a delightful contrast to the political branches of government, justices appointed both by Democrats and Republicans appear ready to make the change, moving toward an outcome that none of the detractors of the recent appointees would have predicted. Justices Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Kagan, Sotomayer, Alito and Breyer indicated in their questioning at oral argument that each would favor th...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Congress, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Department Of Justice, App Store, UC Berkeley, Federal Trade Commission, Clinton, Trump, U S Supreme Court, Fletcher


EFF, ACLU Petition Court To Unseal Documents From DOJ’s Latest Anti-Encryption Efforts

The DOJ lost its attempt to break into Facebook but got the court to keep its failure under wraps.
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Privacy, Law, Cybersecurity, Aclu, Eff, Department Of Justice, Doj


ACLU Wants Release of Secret Court Order Demanding Facebook Build Surveillance Backdoor

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know how and why, exactly, a joint federal-state task force tracking the MS-13 gang tried to order social giant Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app for surveillance purposes, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Science, Technology, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Department Of Justice, Doj, American Civil Liberties Union, Ms 13


ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger

Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious MS-13 gang. It was only when reporters revealed that when Facebook declined, the feds pushed the court to hold the company in contempt. The case collapsed, but details of the case remain under seal and out of the public eye. Now, the ACLU wants to know how the feds tried to pull i...
Tags: Apple, Security, Facebook, Messenger, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Government, US, Tech, Spokesperson, Whatsapp, Surveillance, Encryption, Software, United States


U.S Charges Two Iranian Hackers for SamSam Ransomware Attacks

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday charges against two Iranian nationals for their involvement in creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware. The alleged hackers, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah, 27, have been charged on several counts of computer hacking and fraud charges, the indictment unsealed today at New Jersey court revealed. The duo used [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Malware, Hacking News, Ransomware, Cyber Criminal, New Jersey, Cyber Attack, Department Of Justice, Iranian Hackers, File Encryption Software, Malware attack, Hacker Arrested, Mohit Kumar, Samsam Ransomware, Ransomware Attack, Faramarz Shahi Savandi


DOJ Unseals Indictments of Eight People Allegedly Behind 3ve, Methbot Ad Scams

The Department of Justice has unsealed indictments against eight persons allegedly behind two separate massive digital advertising scams, 3ve and the charmingly named Methbot, the Verge reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Technology, Crime, Cybersecurity, Scams, Hacking, Hackers, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Methbot, Methbot And 3ve Sittin In A Tree C R I M I N G, 3ve


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook is fighting a fine it got for the catastrophic Cambridge Analytica data breach. Facebook claims the £500,000 ($640,000) penalty is unjustified because there's no evidence that UK users' data was used inappropriately. Some Tesla Gigafactory workers will have to work through Thanksgiving as the company pushes to make 7,000 Model 3s per week and keep the company profitable. An internal email viewed by Business Insider sa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, New York, Youtube, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, New York Times, Tim Cook, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal



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