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Patent Trolls Take A Hard Hit From Recent Court Ruling

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Patent trolls were dealt a hard blow recently with a US court ruling that a company can only be sued for unlawful infringement on patent rights in the country where the business resides and is incorporated. For thirty odd years, patent trolls have been making a killing by trolling after enterprises that they deem guilty of the patent infringement sin. They're a special breed of entrepreneurs cum opportunists who thrive on suing alleged errant companies in order to earn hefty rewards.

For patent trolls, the days are gone when they can run after the big fish in the pond. The new challenge that the court just added meant chasing perceived Dirty Harries in their bailiwicks where they have full access to an unlimited legal arsenal. Unless the new law were repealed, patent trolls could soon become a dying breed.

Crime and Justice

WannaCry Virus Spreads To Asia

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As people logged in to their computers, the worldwide ransomware cyber attack known as the WannaCry virus spread to even more devices on Monday, bringing a halt to school operations, hospitals and businesses. Aside from this new expansion, no new significant outbreaks of the WannaCry virus have been reported thus far and British officials say that the second round of these infections they once feared have yet to come to fruition.

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt noted that the criminal activity that has occurred so far with the virus was not quite up to par with what they had once thought possible.

Britain's health service, among the higher profile victims, was targeted in the online extortion scheme that has taken over both local and worldwide news. To date, however, the new infections of the WannaCry virus have been mostly detained to portions of Asia.

Crime and JusticeSoftware Sensations

Have You Tried Uber Yet?

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There's another lawsuit underway for the folks over at Uber. Apparently started a program they named "Hell". This program allegedly used some black-ops Uber internal software and tracked Lyft drivers, providing information to Uber execs on various statistics about Lyft drivers. Some of these statistics included how many Lyft drivers were out and about at any given time in certain local areas and a gauge as to how much the drivers were charging for rides. The software also allegedly could determine whether drivers worked for both Lyft and Uber (at the same time).

The lawsuit comes from a man named Michael Gonzales, the plaintiff, who drove for Lyft during this period of the "Hell" software usage. He's seeking $5 million in a class action lawsuit, which was filed in Northern California's U.S. District Court. The lawsuit goes directly at Uber, charging them with invasion of privacy of Lyft drivers. The California Invasion of Privacy Act as well as the Federal Wiretap Act were both cited for references in the lawsuit.

Crime and JusticeInternet Today

Reddit CEO Drops A Bombshell

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Reddit CEO confesses that he changed comments made by supporters of Donald Trump

Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, has confessed that he edited comments made about him on the website from Donald Trump supporters.

Huffman claimed that he altered references to him in several of the comments inside the website's biggest forum for the next President, however not the comments themselves. Nonetheless, by doing this, he brings up previous worries that Reddit can not work with its' users.

"Yes. I changed the 'screw ups' remarks, editing them for roughly sixty minutes" wrote Huffman, who founded Reddit in 2005 with Alexis Ohanian.

Crime and JusticeInternet Today

The Clinton Foundation Denies Being Hacked

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A hacker with the screen handle Guccifer 2.0 has claimed to have hacked the Clinton Foundation's website and leaked various emails tied to the Democratic National Committee. A number of files that could be potentially damaging to Hillary Clinton's reputation have been uncovered. The Clinton Foundation has issued a statement of denial about this claim. The hacker has reportedly posted screenshots and copies of spreadsheets that he claims to have found on the DNC's servers.

The hacker was posted that the Clinton campaign hasn't even bothered to secure their information against intrusions, and breaking in was a relatively quick and easy process. There has also been media attention devoted to the political motivation behind the breach. The hacker even mentioned a shout-out to Julian Assange. The two of these hackers have been tied to the publication of condemning information about private citizens and about members of the DNC.

Crime and JusticeInternet Today

Yahoo Password Breach May Create Ripple Effect, Experts Warn

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Cyber-security investigators are continuing to assess the damage in the aftermath of the massive Yahoo password breach that occurred in 2014, in which scores of Yahoo users had their password data stolen. The concern of investigators now is that the data could potentially be used to hack other websites, such as banks and email accounts.

According to Shuman Ghosemajumder, Shape Security's chief technology officer in California, cybercriminals often use this data for "credential stuffing". This is a process in which they use stolen usernames and passwords on various websites to access confidential information. Today's software makes this process almost instantaneous for cybercriminals, although it is only successful approximately 2 percent or less of the time.

Crime and Justice

Finding The Best Election Coverage Sites

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The 2016 Presidential Elections are one of the most watched political events in throughout the world.  Both in the United States and abroad, people are wondering what the polls are saying, who is in the lead, and whether it will be a Trump or Clinton victory this November.  No matter whether you're interested in the economy or foreign relations, this election is sure to change the face of American politics.

Of course, for those who are truly interested in election coverage web sites, finding the best sites is a vital part of staying up to date.  The following is a list of the most comprehensive and interesting sites on the web:

-Politico.com is full of far more than just the latest news.  The site arranges massive amounts of data about the elections into easy to digest stories that will keep you reading.  One favorite feature is an interactive map that shows the results of the primary races.

-FactCheck.org is the best site for those who want to see just the facts, no bias involved.  The site is supported by those who visit it, so it isn't bought or paid for by either side.

-NY Times Polls is a feature of the New York Times that provides real-time election poll results.  With daily updates, it gives readers a real time feel for what voters are thinking.

- The Nation is one of the country's most renowned websites for political coverage.  With some of the best reporting and opinions from all sides of the political spectrum, it is sure to become a favorite.

Crime and Justice

Last.Fm Site Suffers Massive Breach

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A Leaked source reporter stated that a massive breach occurred on the Last.fm music website in March of 2012. Last.fm released a statement about its security about three months after the breach occurred. The statement showed great concern for site users.

Last.Fm officials urged their users to change their passwords immediately. They felt that such an action was necessary given all the recent reports about password breaches on other sites. It seems as if password hacking has become out hand lately.

No no one knew the exact number of passwords that were hacked or how severe the hack was until today. The site used the MD5 hashing method of encryption to store the passwords rather than the plaintext style. Just about all sites that store people's passwords use some type of encryption to do so. The problem is that some methods are much safer than other methods are.

Crime and JusticeHardware Innovations

The Self-Flying Security Guard

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The startup company known as Aptonomy has created a drone that acts as a self-flying security guard. This drone technology has the potential to drastically cut down on the numbers of prison escapes, home invasions, and bank robberies. The company's developers have built on the existing technology that film-makers frequently use. This has been added to the camera-carrying drone that has been dubbed the DJI S-1000+, and it's gotten a new flight-controlling mechanism added to this so-called skeleton drone.

The new security guard also has been equipped with loudspeakers, powerful lights, and a night-vision camera. What also sets this drone apart is the incorporation of artificial intelligence. Its AI navigation system can allow the drone to fly low while avoiding any detected obstacles. Human activity and faces are also automatically detected and recorded.

Crime and JusticeEntertainment

BeautifulPeople.com Accounts Hacked and Leaked Online

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The dating website BeautifulPeople.com has been hacked and over one million users data leaked online according to Forbes. The site that was exclusive for only beautiful people has become the victim of a serious hack. This follows the other unfortunate hack of the cheating website AshleyMadison.com.

Not only were names leaked but addresses, sexual preferences, mobile phone numbers, appearance information and income was also a part of the data stolen. The leaked data has been verified to be actual accounts on the site. Those users should not be embarrassed the way dating site hacked accounts in the past were, but having all that personal information out there, can be a concern.

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