Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog

Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog

Social changes brought about by the Internet & Technology

Category Archives: eCommerce

Subscribe to eCommerce RSS Feed

Cyberintrusions Lead to 81+ Million Records Exposed in 2014

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines data breaches when an incident put a risk of exposure of an individual’s “name plus a Social Security number, driver’s license number, medical record or financial record (credit/debit cards included).”  The ITRC Data Breach Report is published every Tuesday and on December 9, 2014 the Report identified 720 … Continue Reading

Coming to your Computer Soon? Ransonware which Locks your Files and Demands Payment

Posted in eCommerce
Alarms are going off around the Internet with an apparent increase of ransomware which “immediately makes its presence known by encrypting files and demanding payment for the keys to unlock them.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Alert on October 22, 2014 that included this description: Ransomware is a type of malware that … Continue Reading

Companies Slow to Get CyberInsurance Coverage Even as CyberAttacks Increase

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
A recent report showed a slight increase from 10% to 26% of companies with cyber insurance coverage between 2013 and 2014, and stated that most US companies are deficient in “keeping the data breach response plan up-to-date, conducting risk assessments of areas vulnerable to a breach, continuous monitoring of information systems to detect unusual and … Continue Reading

Google Search Results Protected by the First Amendment

Posted in eCommerce
A Judge agreed with Google that “search results were protected by the First Amendment and could not be penalized” in spite of claims that Google “monopolizes the search-engine business, has caused grievous harm to CoastNews.com, an arts, entertainment, cultural, and travel web site that also includes the San Francisco Restaurant and Dining Guide.”  US News … Continue Reading

Congress May Pass New Cybersecurity Laws

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent article evaluating the new Congress indicated it may “allow information about civilians to go directly to the National Security Agency, or some other federal agency such as Homeland Security, before going to the NSA.”  On November 23, 2014 Judge Greenwald wrote an article in Business Insurance entitled “Cyber breaches could prompt cooperation in … Continue Reading

More Bad Cybersecurity News – Top-Tier Malware Regin Used for Spying Since 2008

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
Symantec reported the discovery of new malware named Regin whose main purpose “is intelligence gathering and it has been implicated in data collection operations against government organizations, infrastructure operators, businesses, academics, and private individuals.”  On November 24, 2014 Symantec issued a report entitled “Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance” which is a “back door-type … Continue Reading

Challenge to Uber’s Customer Privacy Policies Including its “God view”

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Senate Al Franken asked Uber for clarification about an apparent “troubling disregard for customers’ privacy, including the need to protect their sensitive geolocation data.”  On November 19, 2014 Senator Franken sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about a tool known as “God view” which is: … “widely available to most Uber corporate employees” … Continue Reading

Does P.F. Chang’s Have Cyber Insurance? Because the GCL Carrier Won’t Pay for Cyber Intrusions

Posted in eCommerce
A recent lawsuit by Travelers “that it is not obligated to defend or indemnify P.F. Chang’s under Commercial General Liability [GCL] insurance policies issued by Travelers.” Travelers alleged that among things P.F. Chang’s has “separate cyber liability insurance policy that Travelers did not issue” in its Declaratory Judgment Complaint  filed on October 2, 2014 in the US District … Continue Reading

Supercookies Are Tracking +100 Million Cell Users, But Are Any Privacy Laws Being Violated?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Privacy advocates claim that Verizon is “silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker… sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Verizon’s “tracker, included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH” and the EFF explains how the … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Allegedly Violates Federal Law by Making Employment History Available

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A new class action lawsuit alleges that on LinkedIn “any potential employer can anonymously dig into the employment history of any LinkedIn member, and make hiring and firing decisions based upon the information they gather, without the knowledge of the member, and without any safeguards in place as to the accuracy of the information that … Continue Reading

40 Count Indictment Against Cybercriminal for Stealing Credit Cards and Offering Online Tutorials

Posted in eCommerce
A Russian cybercriminal allegedly “was a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers, and even created a website offering a tutorial on how to use stolen credit card numbers to commit crime.”  According to an October 9, 2014 Department of Justice (DOJ) Press Release that Roman Valerevich Seleznev, aka “Track2,” 30, of Vladivostok, … Continue Reading

$100+ Million Lawsuit Threat to Google Over Celebrity Pictures

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A demand letter reminded Google of its corporate motto “Don’t be evil,” alleged that Google is making “millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” and that “it is time that Google owns up to its conduct and remedies this gross violation of law, ethics, moral and basic privacy rights.”  The October 1, 2014 letter … Continue Reading

Privacy Policy Challenge: Google Ordered to Cease Data Profiling in Germany

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A recent administrative order was issued for Google to “to take the necessary technical and organisational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling.” Last week the Hamburg Commissioner of Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) ordered that Google is … Continue Reading

Bitcoin Company Shutdown for Failing to Deliver Bitcoin Mining Computers

Posted in eCommerce
Based on the FTC’s request, a judge enjoined Butterfly Labs from marketing “BitForce” which were “specialized computers designed to produce Bitcoins, a payment system sometimes referred to as “virtual currency.”” According to the FTC’s complaint,” as of September 2013, more than 20,000 consumers had not received the computers they had purchased.”  So on September 18, … Continue Reading

2 Courts Permit Defendants to be Served on Facebook

Posted in eCommerce
When the defendants could not otherwise be located and served by paper, face-to-face, two Judges ordered service on Facebook since the defendants were in Turkey and Antigua.  Since Turkey “has not specifically objected to service by email or social media networking sites which are not explicitly listed as means of service” on February 20, 2014, … Continue Reading

3 IoT (Internet of Things) Cyber Threats to Privacy in Your Home That Might Surprise You

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Most people freely attach devices to the Internet throughout their home without contemplating any privacy risk, but a recent home inspection of “network-attached storages (NAS), Smart TVs, router, Blu-ray player” by Kaspersky Lab security analyst David Jacoby proved otherwise.  As a result of this inspection a report was issued entitled “Hacking a Living Room: Kaspersky … Continue Reading

John Doe Can Remain Anonymous and Not Be Deposed in Pre-Litigation Discovery

Posted in Anonymous Internet Activity, eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Since the plaintiff did not a file a lawsuit against John Doe, the Texas trial court had no jurisdiction to allow the plaintiff to take the deposition of “Trooper,” an anonymous blogger who launched on on-line attack on the CEO of a company who lives in Houston. In the case of In Re John Doe … Continue Reading