Feds Just Charged 3 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 Department of Justice charging three spam kingpins responsible for one of the largest data breaches in history is so exciting. Finally, Feds are taking down the spam kingpins—or at least trying. » 3/06/15 2:18pm 3/06/15 2:18pm

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger May Not Happen

The Feds Are Finally Going to Help Companies Avoid Getting Hacked

On the heels of a painful-to-watch volley of insane revelations about the recent Sony Pictures hack, the Department of Justice has announced that it's creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit. The new unit will be part of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section. And—here's the kicker—it will help the… » 12/04/14 6:35pm 12/04/14 6:35pm

Feds Use 18th Century Law to Force Apple to Unlock Encrypted Phones

The Department of Justice is going to absurd lengths in order to unlock encrypted smartphones. It's using a law from the 1700s to force Apple and at least one other company to cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations dealing with locked, encrypted phones. And the courts, so far, are letting it happen. » 12/01/14 12:23pm 12/01/14 12:23pm

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill a Child, Which, C'mon Man

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full off Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to… » 11/19/14 4:49pm 11/19/14 4:49pm

Uber and Its Shady Partners Are Pushing Drivers into Subprime Loans

The subprime lending market that plunged America into the Great Recession is back and as unscrupulous as ever. Instead of mortgages, this time a bubble has formed around auto loans, and reliably ruthless Uber is in the thick of it. Two "partners" in Uber's vehicle financing program are under federal investigation,… » 11/04/14 2:24pm 11/04/14 2:24pm

Can The Government Stop The Comcast/TWC Monstrosity? ​

The Anschluss of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is not over yet. We can still stop this thing! Well, the Department of Justice can still stop this thing. Clap if you believe antitrust laws still exist... » 2/13/14 1:35pm 2/13/14 1:35pm

Apple Fires Back at DOJ with New Terms for E-Book Sales

Apple is not happy with the Department of Justice and friends. On Friday afternoon, just a few hours after the DOJ and 33 state attorneys general proposed a series of remedies for Apple's anticompetitive behavior over e-book pricing, the company struck back with some proposals of its own. » 8/02/13 3:50pm 8/02/13 3:50pm

DOJ Wants to Force Apple to Let You Buy E-Books Directly from Amazon

After a U.S. District Court judged found Apple guilty of colluding with book publishers to fix the prices of e-books last month, it was unclear what the actual consequences would be for the iPad-maker. Well with little pomp or circumstance, the Department of Justice has just cleared that up, and it's not good for… » 8/02/13 11:52am 8/02/13 11:52am

Leaked DOJ Memo Justifies Drone Strikes on US Citizens

A leaked Justice Department white paper reveals a draft legal framework which describes in detail the targeting of American citizens by drones without due process or proof of specific intent to harm. That's terrifying. » 2/05/13 4:11am 2/05/13 4:11am

Department of Justice Launches HP-Autonomy Fraud Probe

HP has announced that the Department of Justice has opened a fraud investigation relating to Autonomy—the company that HP bought for $11 billion then ended up costing a further $9 billion. » 12/28/12 6:00am 12/28/12 6:00am

AT&T Is Filing Against the DOJ to Keep the T-Mobile Acquisition Alive

Well surprise... no surprise? AT&T has officially filed in court to counter the Department of Justice's suit to stop the AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Their contention is that the government just doesn't understand what real competition is. » 9/10/11 2:20pm 9/10/11 2:20pm

You Can Jam Sensitive FBI Conversations with This Toy Pager

A two-year study at the University of Pennsylvania showed the way federal law enforcement agencies communicate is decidedly not secure. How not secure? You can jam them with this ridiculous pink pager. It's like The Wire, only the exact opposite. » 8/10/11 7:40pm 8/10/11 7:40pm

American Online Poker Is Under Attack Again

Last Friday, the DOJ unveiled a 52-page (52? LOL.) indictment against three of the biggest online poker companies providing service for Americans—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker—and alleged that they were guilty of money laundering, along with wire and bank fraud. According to the DOJ attorney, the… » 4/21/11 6:50pm 4/21/11 6:50pm

Feds Accidentally Shut Down 84,000 Websites over Wrongful Kiddie Porn…

"Operation Protect Our Children" sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security's tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops! » 2/16/11 2:20pm 2/16/11 2:20pm

Department of Justice Subpoenas Twitter Records of WikiLeaks Volunteers

The Department of Justice has subpoenaed many people's Twitter accounts who were associated with WikiLeaks. The subpoena states that there is "reasonable ground to believe that the records or other information sought are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation." » 1/08/11 5:04am 1/08/11 5:04am

US Targets Apple In iAd Antitrust Probe

Word comes from the Financial Times today that US regulators are planning an antitrust investigation into Apple's iAd mobile advertising platform. At issue: the iAd terms and conditions that allow Apple to shut out Google entirely from its potent ecosystem. » 6/10/10 1:00pm 6/10/10 1:00pm

Apple Might Face Antitrust Inquiry

Section 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement is the one that truly, deeply bans Flash and other cross-platform compilers, so you must use Apple's development environment for iPhone apps. Well, it might have Apple in antitrust hot water. » 5/03/10 9:02am 5/03/10 9:02am

Department of Justice Scoping Out AT&T and Verizon's Anti-Competitive…

Think the ginormous bloodsuckers at AT&T, Verizon and other big telecoms are abusing their enormous power? So does someone at the Department of Justice. They've officially begun an initial review into their potential anti-competitive practices, though it's still super early in the process, so don't expect much out of… » 7/06/09 6:29pm 7/06/09 6:29pm