Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • Anonymous hackers release alleged evidence of fraud by MtGox collected from MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles.
  • The technology industry braces for a European Union vote considering changes that may affect how US companies handles European data.
  • A jury convicts a former Navy Cryptologic Technician of attempted espionage.
  • Information experts from KPMG warn that the Blackphone, a new smartphone designed to protect against cyber attacks,  may actually act as a signal to criminals that it houses high value data.
  • Ukraine’s telecommunications system, including the mobile phones of Ukrainian lawmakers and data and voice links, are under attack by equipment located in Russian-controlled Crimea and by vandals who have seized nodes and cut cables.
  • White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and NIST Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher join Bloomberg Government analyst Sanford Reback in an event discussing the future of business cybersecurity standards.
  • Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, gives a statement in a hearing of he House Committee on Foreign Affairs stating that Iran’s increasing capability to wage cyber warfare should be a major concern to the United States.
  • Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal an NSA internal advice column series that offered advice on dealing with interpersonal office situations.
  • The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rejects the NSA’s request to hold onto phone records for longer than current law allows.
  • Federal prosecutors drop most charges against Barret Brown, a self-proclaimed spokesperson for Anonymous.
  • The Colorado House of Representatives Education Committee passes a bill making it a misdemeanor criminal offense to cause “serious emotional distress” to a minor.
  • CIA Inspector General’s Office asks the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of malfeasance in connection with an unreleased Senate Intelligence Committee report regarding  the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program.
  • The Washington Supreme Court holds that there is a privacy interest in text messages that were sent but not received by the intended receiver.

Sports & Entertainment

  • The NFL files comments with the FCC regarding proposed rules altering the blackout rule, stating that blackouts are lead to more televised football games.
  • The new SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct causes trouble as a manager turns down potential client due to a portion of the code that prohibits mangers from finding employment for their clients, except in conjunction with an agent who is either franchised under the legacy SAG agreement or a member of the Association of Talent Agents or the National Association of Talent Representatives.
  • Specialists Entertainment fails to recover royalty payments that were owed by Pink and Sony Music over a decade ago and erroneously released to another party due to a clerical error.
  • A lawsuit by professional golfer Vijay Singh threatens to expose the methodology the PGA Tour uses to issue disciplinary punishments to Tour players.
  • The Tenth Circuit denies Aero’s emergency motion to stay an injunction that stops Aereo’s operations in six states.
  • Sony files a trademark suit in Texas federal court against Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon alleging that the sports-themed restaurant misleads consumers about its source of origin.
  • Chipotle files a suit against Frank Ocean alleging Ocean failed to deliver a song for an advertising campaign after being paid $212,500.
  • Talent agent Peter Strain pleads guilty to stealing from his clients which include John Doman from HBO’s The Wire.
  • Andrew Greene, files a $25 million defamatory suit against Paramount and Martin Scorsese’s production for his on-screen portrayal as a criminal and drug user in The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Science & Technology

  • Judson Lovingood, a former deputy manager in NASA’s shuttle project office, files a defamation complaint against Discovery Communications alleging that a falsities in the Science Channel’s movie, Challenger Disaster, paint him as appearing to be a liar.
  • The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy requests comments from the public on issues regarding “big data.”
  • Two senators urge the Department of Transportation to ban in-flight calls claiming that phone conversations may create a “hostile atmosphere” for airplane passengers.
  • LeClairRyan and McKenna Long & Aldridge create their own drone practice groups following FAA indications that it plans to issue proposed rules regulating drones.

Social Media

  • A ruling from the Superior Court of California allows social photo-sharing giant Instagram to unilaterally amend its user agreement.


  • Twitter’s annual financial results reveal that it paid $36 million to to settle a patent infringement threat by IBM.
  • Samsung files a notice of appeal in the first Apple v. Samsung patent case


  • The Court of Justice of the European Union clarified that that hyper-linking to freely available and unrestricted copyrighted material is not infringement.


–Brenan Salgado

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