Cyber Security in 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013 by Cara Richards Since the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was blocked from coming to a vote last year, Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, sent a questionnaire to all of the CEO’s of the Fortune 500, looking to gauge opinions and responses toward cyber security law.

250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked Via Vulnerability In Java 7 Update 10 Last Week

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Tasneem Dharamsi Early Friday evening, Twitter announced on its blog that the company had “detected unusual access patterns” that indicated that “unauthorized . . . attempts” were made to access as many as 250,000 Twitter accounts.  Basically, nearly a quarter of a million Twitter accounts were hacked into.  In what

Rule 34: “If It Exists, It Has Porn on It.”

Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Lauren Powers Some of Apple’s recent actions regarding apps on its App Store have called into question the role of various app store platforms in regulating web content.  First, following Twitter’s highly popular release of Vine, an app designed to allow users to upload six-second looping video clips, risqué content

First Conviction of Online Drug Marketplace User Signaling a Crackdown?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Reine Duffy The online marketplace Silk Road has been compared to, as it allows potential buyers who create an account on the site to purchase a variety of products sold by individual sellers, see buyer reviews, and have items shipped directly to their doorstep. But unlike Amazon, Silk Road

FTC Releases New Privacy Recommendations for the Mobile Industry

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Kaitlin Powers The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on February 1st, released a new report offering recommendations for the mobile industry to achieve enhanced privacy for users. Although the report merely contains guidelines and is not binding, the move signals an increased focus by the FTC on the online privacy of

Patent Term Adjustment: A Technical Dispute with Great Financial Implications

Friday, February 1, 2013, by Seiko Okada In 1994, the patent term was changed from “seventeen years from issuance” to “twenty years from filing” under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.  In 1999, the patent term adjustment (“PTA”) was created under the American Inventors Protection Act to help maintain a minimum of 17 years of the

Loving Someone to Death: Safety, Precaution and Responsibility in Online Dating

Friday, February 1, 2013, by Teresa Cook With Valentine’s day right around the corner, the commercials for dating websites are out in full force. They paint the picture of a whirlwind romance and true happiness, but that was far from what a women in Las Vegas experienced. In a horrific series of event, Mary Kay

Unconcealed: NYPD Considering Radiation Scanners to Identify Weapons

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, by Ashley McAlarney The NYPD recently announced the pending use of portable radiation scanners on patrol that can “spot concealed guns from a distance.” The scanners interpret terahertz radiation, which naturally emits from people and objects. The devices can “see” past clothing and many other materials other than metals. So they

Cell Phone Lockdown: No More Copyright Exemptions for Unlocking Cell Phones

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, by Virginia Wooten As of this past Sunday, it became illegal to unlock your cell phone.  In essence, this means if you bought a cell phone with one company’s network, then you cannot unlock your phone so that it will work on another company’s network.  This new policy is not retroactive,