Hackers

  • George Zimmerman

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.12.15

    * George Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon. His lawyer said his client “has not been lucky with the ladies.” He hasn’t been lucky with being a decent human being, either. [USA Today]

    * Lawrence McCreery, the Hawaii lawyer who licked a client’s ear and inspired the judge on his case to call him a “dirty old man,” has had his harassment conviction upheld on appeal. Get excited, he’s still got a law license, ladies. [Associated Press]

    * We may soon see same-sex marriage bans in three states struck down, as the Fifth Circuit “appeared poised” to do so after oral arguments on Friday. Roberta Kaplan, our 2013 Lawyer of the Year, delivered a standout performance in arguing against Mississippi’s ban. [BuzzFeed]

    * What do Sidley Austin, Baker & McKenzie, Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells, and Skadden Arps have in common? Their names were used in phishing emails to scam people out of their money. Some might say that’s business as usual. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * An arrest was made in the forcible rape of a woman — presumably a law student — that took place in the stacks of the Southern University Law Center’s library last semester. The accused rapist is currently behind held without bond. [WBRZ]

    14 Comments / / Jan 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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    Movies, Politics

    Sony’s Choice: Is Obama Engaged In Victim Shaming?

    While President Obama was right about the consequences of heeding terrorist whims, he may have been wrong about whose responsibility it was to bear the burden of not heeding those whims.

    20 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • The hacker

    Technology

    Obama Administration the Target of Hackers; Former Administration Official Recipient of Subpoena Related to Cybersecurity

    The Obama Administration’s handling of cyber and data security was recently brought into question due to two distinct security incidents. On the same day that a former Administration official received a subpoena related to the security of a government-run website, it was confirmed that hackers had targeted an unclassified computer network used by senior White House staff.

    On Tuesday, October 28, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun (R-GA) issued a subpoena to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. The subpoena compels Mr. Park to appear before the Subcommittee on Oversight to answer questions regarding his role in developing and evaluating the operations and security of HealthCare.gov, the website set up for the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. Recently, it was reported that HealthCare.gov had been hacked back in July 2014. Federal officials confirmed that hackers broke into part of the website and were able to upload malicious software. However, no evidence was found that consumers’ personal data were taken.

    / Nov 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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    Technology

    Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

    Significant Case Developments

    P.F. Chang’s Seeks Dismissal of Data Breach Class Actions, Arguing the Existence of an Express Contract and Lack of Damages Preclude Claims
    Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. 1:14-cv-04787 (N.D. Ill.).

    As we described in July and September, P.F. Chang’s was hit with three putative class actions following its announcement of a point-of-sale data breach. On August 29, P.F. Chang’s moved for dismissal of the first two cases, now consolidated in the Northern District of Illinois. In their complaints, plaintiffs John Lewert and Lucas Kosner alleged that by failing to safeguard customer information, P.F. Chang’s breached an implied contract and violated consumer protection laws. The plaintiffs did not bring a breach of express contract claim. P.F. Chang’s argues that the plaintiffs acknowledge the existence of an express contract by alleging that “a portion of the services [they] purchased” at P.F. Chang’s was “compliance with industry-standard measures” for data security and that they were “deprived of the full monetary value of [their] transaction.”

    0 Comments / / Oct 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM
  • Online Password

    In-House Counsel, Technology

    Your Client is Hacked and Personal Information is Leaked Online – Now What?

    You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other, and tells you that a compromising photograph of him was stolen from his phone and posted online. You start thinking not if, but when, shareholders will discover this embarrassment, how much it will cost the company and what legal action to take.

    / Sep 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM
  • Notorious-R-B-G

    Biglaw, Clerkships, Football, Kids, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Partner Issues, Rankings, Rap, SCOTUS, Summer Associates, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.15.14

    * “Operas can get pretty gory. I should have put that in my brief.” In the upcoming Supreme Court term, it looks like law clerks will have to educate their justices about the intricacies of rap music’s sometimes violent lyrics. [National Law Journal]

    * The pay gap between equity and non-equity Biglaw partners is growing wider and wider. According to recent survey, on average, equity partners are bringing home $633K more than non-equity partners each year. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hackers are targeting Biglaw firms to acquire their clients’ important secrets. Unfortunately, no one is brave enough to step up to the plate and say their firm’s been hit — admitting that “could be an extinction-level event.” [Tribune-Review]

    * Which Biglaw firms had the most satisfied summer associates this year? There was a big rankings shake-up at the top of the list this time around, and we’ll have more on this later today. [Am Law Daily]

    * In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, Adrian Peterson screwed up many of your fantasy football teams after he was indicted for hurting his child “with criminal negligence.” He’s now out on $15,000 bail. [CNN]

    0 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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    Technology, Video games

    Glenn Beck Claims Watch Dogs Is Teaching Children How To Hack The Public For Realz

    Glenn Beck is overreacting to a video game. Shocking.

    9 Comments / / Jun 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM
  • Data RF

    Federal Government

    Data Brokers Know Far More About Consumers Than Consumers About Them, Says FTC

    Anna Gallegos adds a bit of context to the FTC’s report on data brokers.

    0 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM
  • Lady Gaga 2

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Rankings, Technology, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 10.18.13

    * Former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson previously told us he was done with public service, but when the president asks you to join the Cabinet, it’s kind of hard to say no. Plus this Paul Weiss partner is filthy rich, so he can secure our Homeland any day. [Washington Post]

    * Earlier this year, Gibson Dunn appointed a seventh-year associate as the firm’s first ever global pro bono director. We wish her the very best of luck as she tries to make lawyers do work for free. That can be a really tough sell in Biglaw. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school rankings existed long before U.S. News was even conceived of, and they broke schools into two lists: those that matter, and those without the “slightest significance.” Sick burn. [National Law Journal]

    * Arizona Law alumni really don’t need to worry themselves about the fact that the school’s servers were hacked. Come on, your credit couldn’t be much worse than it already is with all that debt. [KVOA News 4]

    * Lady Gaga is nearing settlement with a disgruntled ex-employee, which is too bad, because we were dying to see her get on the stand. The dropping of F-bombs been fabulous. [New York Post]

    2 Comments / / Oct 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM
  • techdirt-RF

    Crime, Cyberlaw

    The Greatest Trick The Government Ever Pulled Was Convincing The Public The ‘Hacker Threat’ Exists

    Are computer hackers really the threat they’re made out to be?

    / Apr 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    Crime, Media and Journalism, New York Times, Technology

    New York Times Has No Idea Reporter Broke A Law By Using Someone Else’s ‘HBO Go’ Password

    But which law? Here’s a hint: it’s the same one public document hacker Aaron Swartz allegedly violated.

    27 Comments / / Apr 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    Crime, Sentencing Law, Technology, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Internet Hacker Sentenced to Prison Garners Ill-Conceived Support

    Andrew Auernheimer receives 41-month prison sentence. It may be too severe, but Auernheimer was asking for it.

    18 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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    Biglaw, Screw-Ups, Technology

    Law Firm Website Weirdness: What’s Going On?

    Why are so many major law firms’ websites on the fritz this morning?

    15 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM
  • George Hotz

    Crime, Drugs, Immigration, Marijuana, Technology, Texas

    Famed Hacker Arrested for Pot Possession En Route To SXSW

    Last week, the hacker who became famous as the first person to “jailbreak” an iPhone was booked and charged with felony marijuana possession, police in Sierra Blanca, Texas, told Above the Law. Let’s learn more about George Hotz, his brush with Texas justice, and the legally questionable drug-busting strategy employed by local law enforcement in Sierra Blanca…

    64 Comments / / Mar 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM