Cyber Security Posts

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Turns 35

As Federal Anti-Hacking Law Turns 35, Its Meaning, Reach, and Effectiveness Are Still Murky: (“The year was 2012 and Mark Jaffe and Tor Ekeland had just started a law firm. Business was not exactly booming, and the two had decided to bet their fledgling firm on defending a highly controversial client pro bono. * * * ‘It got really bad at points,’ recalls Jaffe, a partner at Tor Ekeland Law in Brooklyn. ‘It’s: How are we paying rent? Literally, can I get to the courthouse? When’s it going to pay off?'” * * * The client, Andrew Auernheimer, is a hacker who in 2010 had a small internet security company that got into hot water. Going by the online handle ‘weev,’ he’s also ‘a neo-Nazi white supremacist infamous for his internet trolling and extremely violent rhetoric advocating genocide of non-whites,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. * * * Auernheimer was facing two counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act—the federal government’s anti-hacking statute—after he and his business partner found a vulnerability on an AT&T website that left iPad users’ information public. Through an automated script, they slurped up 120,000 email addresses and SIM card identifiers. While his partner took a plea, Auernheimer faced 41 months in prison and decided to fight the case.”)

FBI Says Reboot Your Router

Why the FBI Wants You to Reboot Your Router—and Why that Won’t Be Enough Next Time: (“On May 25, the FBI asked us all to reboot our routers. The story behind this request is one of sophisticated malware and unsophisticated home-network security, and it’s a harbinger of the sorts of pervasive threats — from nation-states, criminals and hackers — that we should expect in coming years.”)

Alexa and the Right to Privacy

Can Alexa Testify Against You?: (“We live in an age when increasing numbers of people rely on devices to turn off their lights, make a phone call, or set the morning alarm. This may explain why since its launch in 2015, Alexa—or what Amazon bills as a “virtual assistant” —has become a virtual extension of the lives of its estimated eight-million-plus owners.”)

Feds Probe Top Equifax Executives’ Stock Sales

Media Report: Feds Investigating Top Equifax Executives’ Stock Trading: (“Two federal agencies are investigating three top Equifax executives’ stock trades to see whether they violated insider trading laws, according to a media report.  Bloomberg reported Monday that a criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta is focused on Equifax’s chief financial officer and presidents of two business units, who sold a combined $1.8 million in stock in early August, days after the company learned of a massive security breach, but before it was public.)”