Archive | Legal Issues


11 April 2007 | 14,521 views

Legal to Unlock Cell Phones Since November 2006

As with the UK, many phones in the US are sold under contract and are given at very discounted rates or even free in some cases if you sign a contract for year withe service provider. Before that it was illegal to unlock your phone but finally in November 2006 it came out in court […]

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09 March 2007 | 12,606 views

Blue-Ray DRM Cracked Already?

It didn’t take them long! A while ago some smart chaps worked out the a way to extract the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc “volume keys” to decrypt AACS DRM on individual films (This was about 2 months ago). Now they have cracked the scheme behind it, the so called “processing key” used to decrypt […]

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22 January 2007 | 9,146 views

Logic Bomb Backfires on Hacker Employee

Ah the logic bomb, a source of humour for many due to it’s frequent showing up in ‘hacking’ movies, and it’s complete mis-use. ZOMG THE LOGIC BOMB IT’S GONNA PWN US ALL! A former UBS PaineWebber employee was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for planting a computer “logic bomb” on company networks […]

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20 January 2007 | 80,617 views

Class President Hacks School Grades

Ah the old mythical tale of hacking your school to change your grades to straight A’s, well I know people do it, I’ve seen it in the past…but now someone has actually gotten caught for it. And what’s more..he’s the senior class president! Cooper City High School’s senior class president was arrested Tuesday and charged […]

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16 January 2007 | 8,755 views

Pentagon Hacker Gary McKinnon Appeals against US Extradition

It seems like it’s getting really serious in the Gary McKinnon case, he’s facing what looks like his last appeal against the US anti-terror law case against him for hacking some NASA systems by guessing the weak passwords. Not like he’s really a terrorist, or did any damage…he did something very stupid though, bruised the […]

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29 December 2006 | 3,502 views

Some Relaxing on the DMCA Regulations

There seems to be have been some slight relaxation on the DMCA regulations lately, which is a good thing for the majority of people! There have been many grey cases and sadly most have fallen on the side of the big corporations, finally something on our side! The U.S. Copyright Office specified new rules Wednesday […]

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26 December 2006 | 2,686 views

Awareness of Phishing is on the Up – But so are Monetary Losses

It seems like phishers are changing their tactics to those similar to spammers, rather than going for big targets and mass mails they are turning to more wealthy customers and fewer but larger bounties. Imagine if they can nail a few big ones, they are set. Online fraudsters are turning their attentions away from large […]

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19 December 2006 | 7,652 views

Save Your Reputation Online with ReputationDefender

This is a pretty interesting idea and for once it addresses a real requirement. A lot of stories have hit the press about people getting fired or ‘dooced’ because of stuff online or not even getting jobs because of something found on MySpace. So up pops a company that is willing to protect your reputation […]

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07 November 2006 | 3,089 views

Spamhaus & e360 Battle is Heating Up

The battle is heating up between the spammers e360 and the anti-spam warlords Spamhaus, some say the Internet may meltdown if Spamhaus stops its service.. Some estimates say 80% of spam is stopped by Spamhaus and e-mail could suddenly shoot to a server melting rate if their service is pulled. The legal battle between antispam […]

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30 October 2006 | 7,104 views

Anti-Spyware Groups Still Require Legislation

Cyber and computer laws are always a grey area, they tend to be very vague and don’t cover specific technologies. Spam is a good example, look at how long we’ve been getting spammed, and it’s been a SERIOUS problem for at least the last 5 years, spam legislation has only started coming in to effect […]

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