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Judge Grants Defendant’s Motion To Explore Alleged Fraud By Prenda Law

December 29th, 2012 12:22 admin View Comments

Crime

An anonymous reader writes “Prenda Law — one of the most notorious copyright trolls — has sued hundreds of thousands of John Doe defendants, often receiving settlements of thousands of dollars from each. Prenda Law principal John Steele has reportedly made a few million dollars suing BitTorrent file-sharers. Prenda Law has been accused in federal court of creating sham offshore corporations using the identity of his gardener. In other words, it is alleged that the law firm and their client are the same entity, and that Prenda law has committed identity theft and fraud. Now, a judge in California has granted a John Doe defendant’s motion to further explore the connection between the offshore entity and the law firm.”

Source: Judge Grants Defendant’s Motion To Explore Alleged Fraud By Prenda Law

New Android Malware Uses Google Play Icon To Trick Users

December 27th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Google

An anonymous reader writes “A new trojan for Android has been discovered that can help carry out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The malware is also capable of receiving commands from criminals as well as sending text messages for spamming purposes. The threat, detected as “Android.DDoS.1.origin” by Russian security firm Doctor Web, likely spreads via social engineering tricks. The malware disguises itself as a legitimate app from Google, according to the firm.”

Source: New Android Malware Uses Google Play Icon To Trick Users

Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

December 18th, 2012 12:13 admin View Comments

Patents

SternisheFan writes with this news from the Register: “Apple has failed in its attempt to obtain a permanent ban on several Samsung products in the US, but Samsung’s accusations of jury misconduct have also been rejected. As she has so many times before, Judge Lucy Koh kept things even between Apple and Samsung by rejecting most of their requests. After Apple won $1bn in its patent infringement case against the Korean firm, it set about pursuing another win in the form of permanent injunctions on the products in the case. The fruity firm wanted a California court to stop sales of the Sammy mobes and tablets in the US, but the judge said the company hadn’t done enough to legally support such a ban.” More details at Groklaw.

Source: Judge Refuses Apple Request For Samsung Ban, But Denies New Trial, Too

FTC Bars Ad Firm From Snooping Browser History

December 5th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Privacy

itwbennett writes “Score 1 for online privacy. The Federal Trade Commission and online ad firm Epic Marketplace have reached a settlement that will bar Epic from using browser history sniffing technology. According to the news report, ‘The history sniffing allowed Epic to determine whether a consumer had visited more than 54,000 domains, including pages relating to fertility issues, impotence, menopause, incontinence, disability insurance, credit repair, debt relief, and personal bankruptcy. Epic used the tracking to send targeted ads related to several health issues, the FTC said.’”

Source: FTC Bars Ad Firm From Snooping Browser History

Papa John’s Sued For Unwanted Pizza-Related Texts

November 15th, 2012 11:32 admin View Comments

Cellphones

jfruh writes “Nationwide pizza chain Papa John’s is finding itself on the receiving end of a $250 million dollar text spam lawsuit. From the article: ‘Seattle law firm Heyrich Kalish McGuigan, representing three Papa John’s customers, alleged that the pizza delivery service has sent 500,000 unwanted text messages to customers. If the court finds that Papa John’s violated the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the pizza maker could have to pay damages of $500 per text message, or US$250 million, one of the largest damage awards under the 1991 law, the law firm said. “Many customers complained to Papa John’s that they wanted the text messages to stop, and yet thousands of spam text messages were sent week after week,” Donald Heyrich, attorney for the plaintiffs said in a statement. “This should be a wake-up call to advertisers. Consumers do not want spam on their cell phones.”‘

Source: Papa John’s Sued For Unwanted Pizza-Related Texts

Skype Hand’s Teenager’s Information To Private Firm

November 6th, 2012 11:21 admin View Comments

Privacy

New submitter andrew3 writes “Skype has allegedly handed the information of a 16-year-old boy to a security firm. The information was later handed over to Dutch law enforcement. No court order was served for the disclosure. The teenager was suspected of being part of a DDoS packet flood as a part of the Anonymous ‘Operation Payback’.” According to the article, Skype voluntarily disclosed the information to the third party firm without any kind of police order, possibly violating a few privacy laws and their own policies.

Source: Skype Hand’s Teenager’s Information To Private Firm

Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

November 1st, 2012 11:27 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes “Windows 8 was released late last week, and already this week French security firm VUPEN says it has broken Microsoft’s latest and greatest security features. The company claims it has developed a 0-day exploit for Windows 8 and IE10, by chaining multiple undisclosed flaws together.”

Source: Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Has Lenovo Taken the Top PC Manufacturer Spot From HP?

October 11th, 2012 10:36 admin View Comments

HP

angry tapir writes “Lenovo has taken the crown from Hewlett-Packard to become the world’s top seller of PCs, research firm Gartner said in a study released this week. Lenovo took the top spot during a quarter in which PC shipments dropped overall due to a weak economy and pressure from mobile devices. Of the top four PC vendors, only Lenovo was able to grow its shipments. Its PC sales increased by almost 10 percent to 13.77 million units, giving it 15.7 percent of the market, Gartner said.” Not so fast, says analysis firm IDC. They say that HP is still in the lead but Lenovo is very close.

Source: Has Lenovo Taken the Top PC Manufacturer Spot From HP?

Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won’t Work With Linux

September 14th, 2012 09:48 admin View Comments

Intel

girlmad tips this news from the Inquirer: “Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processor can be seen in various non-descript laptops around IDF and the firm provided a lot of architectural details on the chip, confirming details such as dual-core and a number of power states. However Intel said Clover Trail ‘is a Windows 8 chip’ and that ‘the chip cannot run Linux.’ While Intel’s claim that Clover Trail won’t run Linux is not quite true — after all, it is an x86 instruction set, so there is no major reason why the Linux kernel and userland will not run — given that the firm will not support it, device makers are unlikely to produce Linux Clover Trail devices for their own support reasons.”

Source: Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won’t Work With Linux

MediaFire Restores Virus Researcher’s Account But Not Individual Files

September 11th, 2012 09:04 admin View Comments

Government

chicksdaddy writes “The cloud-based hosting firm MediaFire has reversed a decision to suspend the account of virus researcher Mila Parkour after Naked Security raised questions about copyright violation complaints made against her by the mysterious firm LeakID. In an email to Parkour on Friday, MediaFire’s director of customer support, Daniel Goebel, said that the company was restoring Parkour’s access to her MediaFire account and apologized for the interruption in service. MediaFire also said it was asking LeakID, the Paris-based firm that accused Parkour of sharing copyrighted material, to ‘confirm the status of the counterclaim [Parkour] submitted.’ However, the firm is still blocking access to files that LeakID alleged were violating the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a strict copyright enforcement law in the U.S.”

Source: MediaFire Restores Virus Researcher’s Account But Not Individual Files