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

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

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

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

The Government Doesn't Need Telcos' Help To Spy On Your Cellphones,…

The Federal Government has used the cell tracking 'Triggerfish' gadget for years now, and sometimes with great success. That's because its an effective, invasive piece of hardware: by posing as a cell tower Triggerfish is able to quickly glean valuable identifying data from phones. Like phone taps, this had previously… » 11/17/08 7:16am 11/17/08 7:16am