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“How to Stop Malware” – Strategies and Tools of Cyber Criminals

Posted in eCommerce
Dell’s “Anatomy of a cyber-attack” focuses on malware because malware “comes in various forms, some more nefarious than others, ranging from annoying sales pitches to potentially business-devastating assaults.”  This “how to” report from Dell makes the point that you “need to understand the enemy before you can defeat them” and includes these Attack Steps: Attack … Continue Reading

8 Issues of Cyber Insecurity which Lead to Cybercrime

Posted in eCommerce, IT Industry
A recent report concluded that the “cybersecurity programs of US organizations do not rival the persistence, tactical skills, and technological prowess of their potential cyber adversaries. Today, common criminals, organized crime rings, and nation-states leverage sophisticated techniques to launch attacks that are highly targeted and very difficult to detect. Particularly worrisome are attacks by tremendously … Continue Reading

Court Grants Search Warrant to Entire Apple eMail Account for [REDACTED]@mac.com

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A Judge ruled it was unreasonable to ask Apple “to execute a search warrant” which “could pose problems, as non-government employees, untrained in the details of criminal investigation, likely lack the requisite skills and expertise to determine whether a document is relevant to the investigation” according to a report in Computerworld.  On August 7, 2014 … Continue Reading

Judge Allows Libel Suit Based on Google Autocomplete Search Results

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A Hong Kong Judge disagreed with Google that Google’s Autocomplete may have created libeleous content and “cited Europe’s recent ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling requiring Google to remove embarrassing or outdated search results upon request” as reported by the Washington Post.  On August 5, 2014 Deputy High Court Judge Marlene Ng ruled that a lawsuit … Continue Reading

Cloud at Risk as Microsoft is Ordered to Produce Data in Ireland

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As part of a drug trafficking investigation the US government persuaded a Court to issue a warrant that “purports to authorize the Government to search any and all of Microsoft’s facilities worldwide” according to Microsoft’s opposition brief filed on June 6, 2014 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Microsoft … Continue Reading

6th Year of Blogging and Net Neutrality May be Moot if Cities Build Their Own Internet Systems

Posted in eCommerce, Net Neutrality
My first blog was on August 1, 2008 and at the time it seemed like the FCC had Net Neutrality under control, but not really… and now the FCC wants to “explore the possibility of helping cities build their own connections to the Internet and bypassing the commercial broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast that … Continue Reading

Challenges to EU ‘right to be forgotten’ Implementation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Approximately “91,000 requests” to be forgotten have been submitted to Google since the May 2014 EU European Court of Justice ruling which has led to “a total of 328,000 links that applicants wanted taken down” according to a BBC news report.   The report went to say that Google’s ‘right to be forgotten’ statistics so far are: Approved … Continue Reading

Google Ordered to Produce All Content for xxxxxx@gmail.com in Criminal Investigation

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
As part of an “investigation of possible conspiracy to commit money laundering” a Judge stated that he perceives “no constitutionally significant difference between the searches of hard drives… and searches of email accounts.”  On July 18, 2014 Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein (US District Court, Southern District of New York) issued a Memorandum Opinion In … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity for Dummies

Posted in eCommerce
This Dummies handbook describes how “APTs (advanced persistent threats) have changed the world of enterprise security and how networks and organizations are attacked” and includes “an in-depth examination of real-world attacks and APTs, the shortcomings of legacy security solutions, the capabilities of next-generation firewalls, and security best practices.”  Palo Alto Networks released its handbook which … Continue Reading

Special Masters Have an Important Role in Litigation

Posted in E-Discovery, eCommerce
I am honored to be a member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM) which provides the advantages that Special Masters “…can monitor discovery and resolve time-consuming disputes; they can help with the growing burden on courts caused by electronically stored information (ESI) discovery problems; they can be assigned trial duties…; they can administer settlement … Continue Reading

Court Allows FTC to Challenge Hotel’s Alleged Failure to Protect Consumer Personal Information

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Wyndham hotels failed to persuade a Judge to dismiss the 2012 suit filed by the FTC “for alleged data security failures that led to three data breaches at Wyndham hotels in less than two years…that led to fraudulent charges on consumers’ accounts, millions of dollars in fraud loss, and the export of hundreds of thousands of … Continue Reading

Big Data Controlled by Data Brokers: Privacy Challenge by the FTC

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission recommended that Congress regulate data brokers because they “collect consumers’ personal information and resell or share that information with others—are important participants in this Big Data economy.” The FTC report issued on May 27, 2014 is entitled “Data Brokers – A call for Transparency and Accountability” included the following characteristics of … Continue Reading

5 Chinese Military Hackers Indicted for Cybercrimes

Posted in eCommerce
The US filed charges against 5 “officers in Unit 61398 of the Third Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)” and declared that “Cyber theft is real theft and we will hold state sponsored cyber thieves accountable as we would any other transnational criminal organization that steals our goods and breaks our laws.” The … Continue Reading

Big Data: The White House Makes 5 Recommendations to Assure Privacy

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A White House Panel “calls on Congress to pass a national data-breach notification law and provide new warrant protection for stored emails” as reported by Computerworld.  The May 1, 2014 White House Report entitled “BIG DATA: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” also  “called on Congress to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require law … Continue Reading

California Over Protective of Technology as California Senate Rejects Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Law

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
A proposed law “which would render a smartphone useless after it was stolen — on all smartphones sold in California” failed in the Senate because of fear “that businesses might feel that California was being overly strict about regulating technology, which could discourage tech companies from doing business there” as reported in the New York … Continue Reading

Internet of Things (IoT) is Transforming Internet Security

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
IoT  means “potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online” as reported in MIT Technology Review.  The IoT allows Internet communications with unique objects using Radio-frequency identification (RFID), QR codes, … Continue Reading