The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ bad week continues. After losing the World Series to the Red Sox on Sunday, they’ve been implicated in a Department of Justice probe into possible corruption involving the recruitment of Cuban-born players with regards to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sports Illustrated reports. The Dodgers organization is reportedly all over documents handed over to the FBI by a whistleblower. Continue reading Dodgers Implicated in DOJ Probe Surrounding Illegal Recruitment of Cuban Players
You don’t need an elaborate crime ring (or a government agency) to write malware that spies on others — sometimes, just one person can be responsible. The US Department of Justice has charged Ohio resident Philip Durachinsky with 16 crimes for allegedly writing malware, nicknamed “Fruitfly,” that gave him unfettered access to the PCs of “thousands” of individuals and institutions between 2003 and January 2017. Reportedly, he not only stole sensitive data to use for fraud and blackmail (such as logins, embarrassing chats and medical records) but took screenshots, logged keystrokes and spied on people through their webcams.
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will no longer use private prisons, which is a decision that will be considered a victory by prison reform advocates who have long argued that private prisonsprovide inadequate care to inmates and that the for-profit prison model favors corporate gains over actual justice. The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department has decided to cease the use of private prisons after determining private prisons are less effective than government-run prisons.
Don McLean forever memorialized Feb. 3, 1959—the date of the plane crash killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson—as “the Day the Music Died” in his song “American Pie.” If you ask most songwriters or music creators, June 30, 2016—the date the Dept. of Justice ruled on music licensing consent decrees—may go down in history as “the day the music rolled over in its grave.”
You might never know if police or FBI agents are reading your emails or files stored in the cloud, because the DOJ frequently issues indefinite gag orders that block companies from telling you. Microsoft argues that this secrecy is unconstitutional—and now it’s suing the government to stop it.
FBI vs. Apple is over. At least round one, anyways. The government has confirmed that it was able to get the data off the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without Apple, and it is dropping the lawsuit compelling Apple to write security-weakening malware.
The Department of Justice has filed for a court order to compel Apple to assist it in unlocking the phone that belonged to one of the dead San Bernardino shooters. “Apple is not above the law,” it reads.