SCOTUS scrutinizes CFAA in case closely watched by hacker community

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a computer crimes case whose verdict could significantly broaden or narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a computer crimes case whose verdict could significantly broaden or narrow the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), including whether members of the ethical hacking community could face federal penalties.

The high court’s future ruling may ultimately hinge on whether the justices agree with the U.S.’s interpretation of the statute – particularly how it defines when a person has criminally

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Build your new PC with a Rosewill computer case and power supply for $125

Have you been stocking up on PC parts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday? We’ve seen a ton of great deals. You might be about ready to start your new build. If that’s the case, ‘then you’ll need a case. See what I did there? Right now you can grab the Rosewill ATX Mid Tower gaming PC computer case for $74.99 thanks to a $25 off on-page coupon. The case only recently dropped to $100 as it is and was selling for as much as $110 in October, so you’re saving quite a bunch with this deal.

If you also need a power supply, buy that case along with the Rosewill 700w modular power supply. You will get an extra $50 discounted during checkout for getting both items together. Along with the $25 off the case, that’s a total savings of $75. If the discount doesn’t work, make sure “Rosewill,

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Utah’s Mysterious Monolith Case May Have Been Solved Thanks To The Internet

Utah’s mysterious monolith case seems to have been solved thanks to the Internet. If you leave a mystery alone on the web for long enough, someone will crack it. (Just look at how fast Reddit communities around different properties routinely figure out season arcs and twists months in advance.) Well, it seems as though the monolith is actually a leftover set piece from Westworld filming. On Reddit, users isolated the site of the weird rectangle and figured out where it was using Google Earth. Then, using historical imaging data, they figured out that it appeared between August 2015 and October of 2016. So, the HBO show was filming nearby and that means there could have been a set that was simply neglected on the way out of Utah. So, the Bureau of Land Management in the state had to issue a statement. Things get weirder, because now the monolith is

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NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Computer Case Has Safety Issues – Fix Coming

Sales of the NZXT H1 Mini-ITX computer case has been halted globally over what appears to be fire concerns. It looks like it has been linked to 1 wrong screw being used and a repair kit has been developed to replace said screw. This alert was issued after one customer had sparks and flames shoot out of his case after building his PC. NZXT believes that screwgate is only affecting a small percentage of the H1 cases, but are being overly cautious to ensure the safety of their customers.

NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case

The H1 is NZXT’s first small form factor mini-ITX enclosure and it was released in February 2020 with an MSRP of $349.99. It comes with a 650W SFX-L 80Plus Gold fully modular power supply, a 140mm all-in-one liquid cooler, and a PCIe 16x Gen3 riser card.

Here is the statement about the H1 PC case released by NZXT:

NZXT has identified

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Computer programmer hacked more than 30 websites for bitcoins in drug case

The Bengaluru central crime branch police were reportedly stunned by the “hacking skills” employed by the 25-year-old computer programmer who was arrested last week.’

Joint police commissioner (Crime), Sandeep Patil said that the accused Srikrishna aka Shreeki has hacked nearly 30 websites which mainly deal with bit-coins.

“Our interrogation has revealed that he has hacked many websites and had sought the court’s permission to take him into our custody. The court has remanded his police custody on Thursday, we are investigating him further about his various roles,” he said.

The police added that Prasid Shetty and Suneesh Hegde – a real estate businessmen and resident of Sadashivanagar, had been ably assisting him in hacking. “We need to know their roles too,” the officer added

The CCB caught the programmer while they were interrogating eight persons including Congress Dalit leader’s son Darshan Lamani involved in procurement of drugs through the dark

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He and his young accomplices hunted women on social media. The ‘sextortion’ ring case roiling South Korea

Trolling behind the anonymity afforded by an encrypted chat app, the man who called himself “Baksa” pretended he was many things: a no-holds-barred loan shark, a private eye for hire and a fortysomething Korean with a prosthetic leg living outside the law’s reach in Cambodia.



a group of people around each other: Cho Ju-bin, center, the leader of South Korea's online sexual blackmail ring, is surrounded by journalists after his arrest in March 2020 for operating secretive chatrooms where he posted sexually abusive videos of blackmailed women in return for cryptocurrency payments. (Kim Hong-Ji / Pool Photo)


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Cho Ju-bin, center, the leader of South Korea’s online sexual blackmail ring, is surrounded by journalists after his arrest in March 2020 for operating secretive chatrooms where he posted sexually abusive videos of blackmailed women in return for cryptocurrency payments. (Kim Hong-Ji / Pool Photo)

In reality he was an out-of-work recent college grad who’d been bedridden for a year after a limb-lengthening surgery to overcome insecurities about his height.

From his bedroom, Cho Ju-bin, 25, spun illusions and masterminded one of the most notorious sex crime schemes to shake South Korea in years. He blackmailed dozens of

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3 Illuminating Case Studies of A.I Web Scraping at Work

With ingenious capacities to analyze vast amounts of data and deduce patterns, A.I is poised to disrupt one of the world’s data-hungriest industries. The shortfall of data recognition proficiency of traditional web scraping bots is one of its major drawbacks.

This shortfall is critical, especially when scraping a vast range of websites with unique layouts and content architectures. This problem becomes more pronounced when the websites used as data sources undergo upgrades that alter their layouts significantly.

To get around this problem, a business might need to limit its web scraping campaigns to websites with identical layouts. And even such a list gets pared down whenever any site undergoes layout changes.

Besides helping extract data from myriads of dynamic websites, A.I promises to revolutionize how developers execute each step of the web scraping process, from choosing the right data pipelines to cleaning the data, and then categorizing them.

With A.I

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Apple to AT&T Wary of Full Disclosure in Google Antitrust Case

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. and other technology companies said confidential material they provided for the U.S. government’s antitrust probe of Alphabet Inc.’s Google should not be shared with the search giant’s in-house lawyers because the information is too sensitive.



a close up of a laptop computer: The Google Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, July 19, 2019. Alphabet Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 25.


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The Google Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. laptop computer in this arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, July 19, 2019. Alphabet Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on July 25.

In a filing Friday in federal court in Washington, Apple said it gave the U.S. Justice Department “competitively sensitive” documents and that allowing lawyers inside Google to see the information would result in “material harm” to Apple. A similar joint filing was made by Amazon.com Inc., AT&T Inc., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Comcast Corp., Sonos Inc., Duck Duck Go Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc.

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Facebook’s purchases of WhatsApp, Instagram target of likely antitrust case

As the state and federal probes enter their final phases, investigators have explored how Instagram and WhatsApp changed in the years after Facebook purchased them, according to the three people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a law enforcement proceeding. Government antitrust watchdogs have weighed whether to contend in lawsuits that these transactions have left users with worse services — and fewer privacy protections — than they might have had if the companies had remained independent, the sources said.

With the text-messaging service WhatsApp, in particular, Facebook had promised users that it would preserve the messaging company’s independence and strong privacy protections when it was purchased in 2014. It made the same commitment to regulators, who then gave a greenlight to the deal. But Facebook reversed course years later and has sought to integrate its users’ data with the social networking site’s other

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Defense wants car’s computer evidence thrown out from deadly Bayshore crash case

TAMPA, Fla. — Attorneys for the two teens accused of drag racing on Bayshore Boulevard and killing a mother and daughter are trying to get key evidence thrown out.

The black Mustang, investigators say hit and killed Jessica Raubenolt and her 1-year-old daughter, has a computer system police took as evidence in 2018.

But an attorney for the teenage driver says police did not include that computer system in their warrant.

“The infotainment telematics system was taken out of the vehicle by the police, downloaded, data extracted — something they didn’t even ask to do,” said defense attorney John Fitzgibbons.

The system syncs up with the driver’s cell phone and could be key in showing where the car was and how fast it was going.

Raubenolt was pushing her daughter in a stroller across Bayshore when the Mustang, driven by Cameron Herrin, hit them.

Investigators say he was racing a

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