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April 6, 2020
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica

Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica  
Zoombombers Are Warned by Law Enforcement Authorities That They Could Go to Jail, Face Fines for Their Disruptions

The practice of “Zoombombing,” joining the suddenly massively popular Zoom meetings uninvited and disrupting them, is catching the attention of law enforcement authorities for the damaging repercussions of some of the intrusions, such as when “Zoombombers have exposed themselves to schoolchildren and shouted racial slurs. For example, federal prosecutors in Michigan released a statement saying that”[a]nyone who hacks into a teleconference can be charged with state or federal crimes.” Among the charges are crimes that can entail jail time or fines such as “disrupting a public meeting, computer intrusion, using a computer to commit a crime, hate crimes, fraud, or transmitting threatening communications.”

Related:, ZDNet Security, BGR, channelnews, Android Authority, BetaNews, iTnews – Security,, SiliconANGLE, Forbes,, Android Authority, – Software Industry News, Digit, Trusted Reviews,, E-Commerce Times, Mashable, Zero Hedge FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-bombing
ZDNet Security: Zoom vs Skype: Microsoft pushes its Meet Now feature for ‘hassle-free’ video calls
BGR: Microsoft offers free Skype video chat as Zoom’s privacy nightmare continues
channelnews: With Zoom Proving Problematic, What Alternative Video Conferencing Tools Are There?
Android Authority: This week in Android: Mi 10 Pro, Honor 9X Pro, and Galaxy S20 Plus giveaway
BetaNews: With app-free, account-free Meet Now option, Skype is a viable alternative to Zoom
iTnews – Security: Two US state AGs seek info on Zoom’s privacy practices Safety Matters: A look at some offbeat group video calling apps that score well on privacy
SiliconANGLE: More security and privacy concerns dog Zoom
Forbes : Use Zoom? Here Are 7 Essential Steps You Can Take To Secure It Zoom, the video conferencing app everyone is using, faces questions over privacy
Android Authority: Zoom fights Zoombombing with new privacy, security features – Software Industry News: Zoom Video lurches from boom to backlash amid privacy issues, ‘Zoom bombing’ attacks
Digit: Zoom improves security by implementing passwords for meetings
Trusted Reviews: Zoom tries to make Zoombombing a thing of the past with tighter meeting controls Zoom pauses new feature development to focus on privacy, security
E-Commerce Times: Zoom’s Soaring Popularity Is a Double-Edged Sword
Mashable: The need for online privacy is finally resonating with video chat
Zero Hedge: As COVID-19 Forces Classes Online, Colleges Face New Challenge: “Zoombombing”

June 3, 2015
Robert Graham / Errata Security

Robert Graham / Errata Security  
Uh, the only reform of domestic surveillance is dismantling it

A lot of smart people are cheering the reforms of domestic surveillance in the USA “FREEDOM” Act. Examples include Timothy Lee, EFF, Julian Sanchez, and Amie Stepanovich. I don’t understand why. Domestic surveillance is a violation of our rights. The only acceptable reform is getting rid of it. Anything less is the moral equivalent of forcing muggers to not wear ski masks — it doesn’t actually address the core problem (mugging, in this case).

June 26, 2019
Timothy Lee / Ars Technica

Timothy Lee / Ars Technica  
FedEx Sues U.S. Government Over Chinese Tech Supplier Export Bans, Argues It’s Impossible to Inspect Technology in Shipped Packages

Following a string of disputes between FedEx and Huawei that may be connected to US export control laws, FedEx filed suit against the US Department of Commerce, arguing that US export control laws are so onerous that it’s impossible for FedEx to comply with them. Although the complaint doesn’t mention Huawei, FedEx is feeling the pressure now that the Trump administration has added Huawei and its affiliates to an “entity list” under export control law, making it illegal to ship a range of US-made technology to Huawei. The company lowered its earnings outlook due to the trade downwind after the administration determined that Chinese tech suppliers pose security chain threats due to fears that they embed spying technology on behalf of Bejing. FedEx argues that US export control laws are impossibly burdensome for a common carrier like FedEx because they are forced to determine whether any package violates the law by shipping US technology to a proscribed entity.

April 4, 2019
Timoth B. Lee / Ars Technica

Timoth B. Lee / Ars Technica  
New Bill by Elizabeth Warren Would Jail Top Executives When Their Companies Experience Data Breaches Due to Negligence

New legislation from Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, called the Corporate Executive Accountability Act, proposes personal, criminal liability for top executives of companies with revenues of over $1 billion per year when those companies experience data breaches and scams due to negligence. Under the bill, CEOs could get up to a year in prison for a first offense and repeat offenders could get three years. Warrens proposal is part of her much larger effort to crack down on corporate malfeasance which would allow prosecution of the CEO of any company whose illegal conduct threatens the health, safety, or finances of 1 percent of the public.

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February 19, 2020
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica

Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica  
Judge Dismisses Huawei Suit Seeking to Overturn Ban on Federal Agencies Buying Huawei Gear

Texas Federal Judge Amos Mazzant dismissed a Huawei lawsuit that sought to overturn a ban on federal agencies buying Huawei telecommunications gear. Congress passed the ban as part of the military’s 2019 appropriations bill, out of concern that the Chinese government could infiltrate Huawei-based networks. Huawei challenged the law under the Constitution’s ban on bills of attainder, which is when a legislative body declares a person or group of persons guilty of some crime without a trial and then punishing them. Judge Mazzant found that even if you grant the premise that Huawei is a person, the ban on buying Huawei and ZTE equipment simply wasn’t the kind of punishment prohibited by the bill of attainder rule.

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October 29, 2019
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica

Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica  
Australian Government Wants to Use Facial Recognition System as Age Verification for Porn Access

The Australian Home Affairs Office Home is developing a Face Verification Service which matches a person’s photo against images used on one of their evidence of identity documents to help verify their identity and age to access, among other things, online pornography, the government agency wrote in a recent regulatory filing. The Australian government has been working on a facial recognition system since 2016 and has expanded it steadily since then.

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September 10, 2019
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica

Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica  
Appeals Court Rules That Website Data-Scraping Does Not Violate Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In a legal battle that pits Microsoft-owned LinkedIn against a small data-analytics company called hiQ Labs, the U.S. 9th Circuit Appeals Court agreed with a lower court that scraping a public website without the approval of the website’s owner isn’t a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). HiQ scrapes data from the public profiles of LinkedIn users, then uses the data to help companies better understand their own workforces, a practice that, after a few years of tolerating it, LinkedIn demanded HiQ stop, citing the CFAA. The three-judge panel said that “the prohibition on unauthorized access contained in the CFAA is properly understood to apply only to private information—information delineated as private through use of a permission requirement of some sort.” But HiQ was only scaping information from public profiles and therefore did not violate the CFAA.

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The Register: Welcome to The Reg’s poetry corner… hiQ once again / beats LinkedIn on web scrape case / more appeals await
ZDNet: Appeals court: LinkedIn can’t block public profile data scraping
Boing Boing: Important legal victory in web-scraping case
Slashdot: Web Scraping Doesn’t Violate Anti-Hacking Law, Appeal Court Rules
iTnews – Security: Microsoft’s LinkedIn loses appeal over scraping of user profiles
Tech Insider: How to delete your LinkedIn account and prevent people from seeing your personal information LinkedIn Can’t Block Analytics Company From Scraping Profiles
AP Breaking News: LinkedIn loses appeal in suit against data scraping startup
Computerworld : LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles
TIME: Court Rules Startup May Collect Workforce Data from LinkedIn Profiles
Last Minute Geek : Important legal victory in web-scraping case
TechNadu: US Court Rules that Scraping Data from Public Websites Without Permission is Legal
Cyberscoop: Scraping public website data does not violate CFAA, judge rules Scraping A Public Website Doesn’t Violate the CFAA, Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Holds
The Tech Report: Court tells Microsoft web scraping is not hacking
Techdirt: Big News: Appeals Court Says CFAA Can’t Be Used To Stop Web Scraping
EFF: Victory! Ruling in hiQ v. Linkedin protects scraping of public data Scraping A Public Website Doesn’t Violate the CFAA, Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Holds

@ericgeller: Ninth Circuit: CFAA does not prevent mass scraping of public data. Huge limit on a cybercrime law that many civil-liberties advocates say has been repeatedly abused.
@ACMcCosker: How significant is this for digital methods research? "Web scraping doesn’t violate anti-hacking law, appeals court rules"