Copyright

  • The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) files a lawsuit against Kim Dotcom.
  • Copyright troll Prenda Law argues in front of the Seventh Circuit but fails to explain the relationship between the three iterations of law firms that its sanctioned attorneys have gone through.

Cryptocurrency

  • Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) proposes a new bill that would impose sales taxes on Bitcoin transactions by changing the IRS’s treatment of the virtual currency.

Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • Researchers discover a critical defect in the OpenSSL which opens up an estimated two-thirds of internet servers to eavesdropping by allowing attackers to obtain the private keys used to decrypt sensitive data.
  • The Third Circuit vacates the conviction and sentence of Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, the computer security researcher who was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act after exposing a major security flaw on AT&T’s website, on
  • The Federal Trade Commission brings charges against Jerk.com, a personal reputation website where people were labeled as either a “Jerk” or “note a Jerk,” for misleading consumers by telling users that profiles on the site were based on other users’ input, however, profiles were based on data illicitly harvested from Facebook.
  • A district court judge refuses to dismiss the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) lawsuit against the Wyndham Worldwide hotel and resort chain, which alleges the chain’s promise to protect users’ data was “unfair and deceptive,” essentially allowing the FTC to prosecute companies for poor security standards that lead to data breaches.
  • Windows XP,  still run on the machines of about 40 percent of companies, reaches the end of its life, receiving its last set of patches.
  • Two data brokers that operate as consumer reporting agencies, Instant Checkmate and InfoTrack Information Services, have settled charges from FTC that they issued gave bad backround check reports reports to potential bosses and landlords.

Drones

  • Allegedly due to deliberate communications jamming, a film drone crashes and injures a triathlete during a triathlon.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • The Supreme Court declines a challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of public’s telephone call information.
  • Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) proposes legislation that would prevent the government from ceding control over the Internet’s domain name system which is now controlled by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
  • The 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling is awarded to Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras.
  • The European Court of Justice holds that the directive passed by the European Union in 2006 requiring all telecommunications providers to temporarily retain metadata and provide it to law enforcement upon request, is now invalid.

Patent

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee’s consideration of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act, authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), gets pushed back again.

Telecommunications

  • Comcast files a notice with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laying out its arguments for why the public would benefit from its proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.
  • Comcast considers offering mobile voice and data service over WiFi.
  • The Department of Justice charges three men with defrauding the FCC out of roughly $32 million through the FCC’s Lifeline Program, also known as Obamaphone.

Technology

  • Hewlett-Packard settles federal charges that its foreign subsidiaries utilized bribes, slush funds and secret deals to secure government contracts. 

Brenan Salgado

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