Man Pleads Guilty to Apple Phishing Scam Used to Hack iCloud Accounts of Rappers and Athletes

A Georgia man pleaded guilty last week to using phishing tactics to hack the Apple accounts and credit card details of a number of “high-profile” celebrities and athletes, scamming victims out of hundreds or thousands of dollars, according to the Justice Department. Read More >>

Former Tesla Employee Charged With Embezzling Over £7 Million From Musk’s Company

A former Tesla employee was charged by a federal grand jury today of embezzling roughly $9.3 million [£7.15 million] from Elon Musk’s electric car company over the course of two years. The indictment comes as the result of an FBI inquiry. Read More >>

Chinese National, Three Others Plead Guilty in Apple Counterfeiting Scheme

A Chinese national who was living in the U.S. on a student visa pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods and conspiracy over a plot to sell Chinese-made Apple knockoffs to U.S. customers. Read More >>

Apple: We Would Never!

Following news that the US Department of Justice has allegedly opened an investigation into Apple’s practice of throttling iPhones with ageing batteries, the company is speaking out. Read More >>

Equifax, Which Said Executives Did Not Know of Hack Before Trades, Has Launched a ‘Thorough Review’

Equifax Inc. has insisted that three executives who sold off over a million dollars in shares just days after news of a massive hack of 143 million Americans’ financial data spread internally were not aware of the breach when they made the sales. Read More >>

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DOJ Demands Troves of Data About Visitors to Anti-Trump Website

A web hosting provider has revealed the US Justice Department’s efforts to obtain records about an activist website established to coordinate “mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump.” Read More >>

Obama Wants to Give the British Permission to Read American Emails

Last week, US courts gave corporations a major win when it comes to data searches. A federal appeals court ruled that US government can’t force companies to hand over data stored overseas. But a new planned agreement between the UK and the US could change that. Read More >>

Apple Says the San Bernardino iPhone Case ‘Should Never Have Been Brought’

The FBI has successfully hacked the iPhone connected to the San Bernardino massacre, the US Department of Justice has dropped its case against Apple, so all should be well in the world. Not so: Apple would like the last word. Read More >>

The US Government Didn’t Need Apple’s Help Unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone After All

FBI vs. Apple is over. At least round one, anyway. The US government has confirmed that it was able to get the data off the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without Apple, and it is dropping the lawsuit compelling Apple to write security-weakening malware. Read More >>

US Responds to Apple: Stop Being a Baby

The US Department of Justice just responded to Apple in the ongoing court battle over what Apple must do to help the FBI unlock an iPhone—and the response is a 43-page document with an argument that can be summarised as “Apple is being a baby.” Read More >>

The US Just Charged Three Spammers With the Biggest Data Breach in History

The only thing that sucks more than spam are the greedy people who send it to you. That's why the US Department of Justice charging three spam kingpins responsible for one of the largest data breaches in history is so exciting. Finally, someone is taking down the spam kingpins—or at least trying. Read More >>

Google Handed Stacks of WikiLeaks Email Straight to the FBI

WikiLeaks is demanding explanations, after it has come to light that Google gave the FBI emails and digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staff members when warrants were served in March 2012. Read More >>

Fact vs Fiction: The 225-Year-Old All Writs Act and Encryption

Following recent reports in the Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica, there's been new interest in the US government's use of a relatively obscure law, the All Writs Act. Read More >>

Kim Dotcom: Please, Bring Us to America

We reported earlier that the legal proceedings in the case against Megaupload kingpin Kim Dotcom have been delayed to March 2013. And it seems Dotcom is none too pleased about this latest turn. Read More >>

The US Department of Justice Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. DOJ just filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple over the pricing of eBooks. Publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin were also named in the lawsuit too. Will other countries follow suit? We'll have to wait and see. Read More >>