The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 11:50am 3/19/15 11:50am

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

Where Are the FBI's Drone Privacy Reports?

The FBI is known to have flown unmanned aerial vehicles since at least 2005 and, like any other federal agency, it's supposed to conduct a privacy impact assessment prior to such activity. But according to Muckrock, the Beaurau can't track them down, and nor can the Justice Department office that's supposed to collate… » 2/13/15 4:30am 2/13/15 4:30am

Anonymous Attacks Department Of Justice Website and Threatens Worse…

Since Aaron Swartz's suicide two weeks ago—an incident largely blamed on the charges being levied against him—the 'net has been grieving. And Anonymous has been doing that in its own special way: tearing shit up. In the latest of several attacks, they took down the U.S. Justice Department's Sentencing Commission site » 1/26/13 2:58pm 1/26/13 2:58pm

Appeals Court Rules Computer Code Is Not "Property" and Can't Be Stolen

Sergey Aleynikov, an ex-Goldman-Sachs programmer, spent a year in prison for downloading source code of the firm's high-speed trading software before his sentence was overturned in February. Today, the court explained why—downloading computer code doesn't constitute stealing under the National Stolen Property Act. » 4/12/12 1:00am 4/12/12 1:00am

DOJ Says Apple, Google, Pixar and Intel Conspired to Not Poach Each…

In addition to shutting down Megaupload, the DOJ made another choice chunk of information public last night: evidence of multiple Silicon Valley companies conspiring to not poach each other's employees. On the surface, it may sound like tepid HR industry fodder, but it's something that affects all of us through the… » 1/20/12 2:39pm 1/20/12 2:39pm