Category Archives: Cyberlaw

Jennifer Lawrence’s hacker gets 8 months in prison

The man who hacked Jennier Lawrence, a Connecticut man who also hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison. George Garofano was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The North Branford man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords. Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because...
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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom loses extradition appeal

New Zealand's Court of Appeal has ruled that Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is eligible for extradition to the United States. The German national, who is accused of industrial-scale online piracy, had asked the court to overturn two previous rulings that he and his three co-accused be sent to the US to face charges. Instead, a panel of three judges backed the FBI-led case, which has dragged on for more than six years. The saga is widely seen as a test for how far the United States can reach globally to apply American firms' intellectual property rights. The court said in a statement that: "The evidence relied on by the United States discloses a clear prima facie case to support the allegations that the appellants conspired to, and did, breach copyright wilfully...
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Social media – the new frontier in the workplace

social media Kristy Preece had just cleared the Ferry Boat Pub in Runcorn in Cheshire. The shift on May 24th, 2010, had been difficult – mainly because of two abusive customers called Brian and Sandra. Ms Preece, a shift manager, had been threatened with a cane. Not unreasonably, she asked the elderlies to leave the pub. Under protest, they departed. In fact Sandra got into her car and drove home despite the fact that she had drank several brandies. But that wasn’t the end of the story. As Kristy wound down, she took...
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Digital evidence requires an understanding of cyberlaw

Digital evidence requires an understanding of ‘cyberlaw’

How is the criminal justice system learning to cope with the unique complexities of cyberlaw with the analysis of mobile phone data, satellite imagery and emails? And that’s before you add in all the potentially sensitive material on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Instagram. Advances in cyberlaw and forensic science, particularly in DNA analysis, continue to revolutionise the ability of investigators to build conclusive cases. But, in a world where hacking is increasingly the criminals’ tool of choice, how well-equipped are we to drive cyber investigations in pursuit of crucial evidence? There are two strands to the answer. The first is that courts have traditionally preferred direct witness evidence to digital data, which is sometimes...
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