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Teen nabbed in Heartbleed attack against Canadian tax site

Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly using the Heartbleed bug to steal data about taxpayers.
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Court rejects Lavabit appeal, cites improper procedural handling

A federal court has affirmed contempt charges against Lavabit, rejecting an attempt by company attorneys to argue new issues on appeal.

iPhone keyboard sales halted as injunction takes effect

Typo halted the sale of its add-on keyboard for the iPhone on Tuesday after an injunction took effect that bans it from being imported to the U.S.

Google updates terms of service, includes word of user email scans

Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features.

Mt. Gox seeks postponement of CEO's U.S. court deposition

Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, who was ordered to appear before a U.S. bankruptcy court to answer questions, has asked for a postponement of his deposition.

Data breaches nail more U.S. Internet users, who now want more regulation

More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

Apple and Samsung spar over $2.2B damages claim

Apple outlined for the first time on Friday how it came up with the US$2.2 billion in damages that it wants a California jury to award it for Samsung's alleged "massive infringement" of five Apple patents.

NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years, report says

You had to see this one coming.

FTC can sue companies hit with data breaches, court says

A federal court in New Jersey this week affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's contention that it can sue companies on charges related to data breaches, a major victory for the agency.

HP to pay $108M in bribery, corruption case

Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have paid bribes to win business, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Legal In Depth

How to create awareness of the insider threat

One of the legacies of Edward Snowden's treason is that companies are now concerned about the insider threat more than they ever were before. He demonstrates that a single person inside an organization can devastate the organization. While technology should have caught Snowden, there is also the realization that his coworkers and managers should have noticed indications of unusual activities.

Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data

As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.

How IT Can Support Reputation Management in Our Social Age

Oracle was in the news for the wrong reason this week when a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging the firm is racist. The incident provides some lessons in image and reputation management in our age of social media and 24-hour news cycles. As it turns out, IT departments can help protect the brand.

Net neutrality decision sells consumers out to the ISPs

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Verizon v. FCC is a dangerously retrograde move that, by badly damaging the cause of net neutrality, harms American consumers and further insulates the already over-protected cable industry from any kind of meaningful competition.

Steps to take in wake of Gmail wiretapping decision

Mobile, Web- and cloud-based companies could also face class-action lawsuits. Here's how to prepare for that possibility. Insider (registration required)

IBM to pay $44K fine over online job listings

IBM will pay a US$44,000 fine to settle a case alleging it violated anti-discrimination law by placing online job listings seeking software developers with specific visas, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

False Lenovo Security Report Only Strengthens World's Top PC Maker

A report that Western nations deemed Lenovo PCs to be insecure was quickly kiboshed this week. CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle smells a rat and suspects it's only a matter of time before the source is outed (and unemployed). Meanwhile, Lenovo can relax and tout its security and stability.

Senators Push to Curb NSA's FISA Authorities

Members of Judiciary Committee express concern over broad-ranging, secretive authorities under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, push for bill to strengthen oversight, transparency.

Update: Apple colluded with book publishers on e-book prices, judge rules

A U.S. district court judge has found Apple guilty of e-book price fixing after three weeks of court proceedings that ended June 20.

Google doesn't plan to change its privacy policy for Glass

Google Glass may be a new and innovative product with the potential to change the world, but one thing that won't change because of Glass is the search giant's unified privacy policy.