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Activision goes to court to stop Call of Duty cheat software

Enlarge / A shot of the “3D radar” feature Activision is trying to stop with its lawsuit.

Activision has filed a federal lawsuit against German cheat makers EngineOwning and associated individuals for “trafficking in technologies that circumvent or evade anti-cheat technologies used by Activision to protect the integrity of [Call of Duty] games.”

EngineOwning charges 13 euros per month or more for subscription access to individualized suites of cheating tools designed for Call of Duty games—and also Battlefield, Titanfall 2, and Star Wars Battlefront. The software promises abilities like automated aimbots, auto-firing triggerbots, “2D radar” that

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Dubai leader hacks ex-wife and lawyers using Israeli software , UK court says

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum ordered the use of Israeli NSO’s Pegasus program in a hack of the phones of his ex-wife and her lawyers as part of a “sustained campaign of intimidation and threat” during the custody battle over their children, England’s High Court has ruled.

Mohammed used the sophisticated software, developed by the Israeli for states to counter national security risks, to hack the phones of Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, and some of those closely connected to her, according to the rulings.

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China Supreme Court Sides With Mining Operator in Battle Over 485,000 GPUs

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Anyone looking for a five-year-old GPU might be in luck soon. The Block reported that China’s Supreme Court has ordered the return of 485,681 AMD Radeon RX  470 8GB graphics cards to Genesis Mining, which calls itself the “largest cloud Bitcoin mining company,” following a legal dispute with its former hosting provider.

Genesis Mining filed its lawsuit in 2019 after the hosting provider, Chuangshiji Technology Limited, allegedly refused to return the graphics cards, as well as 60,580 AntMiner S9 mining rigs, after the companies had a payment-related spat in 2018.

Now the conflict has finally been resolved…

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IBM $265M software fraud case moved forward by DC appeals court

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Dave Nyczepir

A former senior sales representative for IBM, who says the company used a false audit to pressure the IRS into a $265 million software license agreement, may reargue his case in D.C. District Court, the Circuit Court decided Tuesday.

Paul Cimino appealed his False Claims Act (FCA) case against IBM to the higher court, which found the District Court was wrong to fully dismiss his complaint in October.

The FCA holds companies liable for fraud against the government and allows whistleblowers like Cimino to prosecute that fraud on the government’s behalf,

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Supreme Court significantly limits the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In its first substantive ruling on the 35-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Supreme Court held yesterday that a person does not “exceed authorized access” to a “protected computer” under the CFAA when using information obtained from accessing that computer for an unauthorized purpose. The decision in Van Buren v. United States resolves a deep circuit split on the issue and will severely limit both criminal and civil liability under the CFAA. Most notably, the decision will largely gut the CFAA as a tool for addressing insider data theft.

Enacted in its relevant form in 1986, Title 18,

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Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split on Access Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act | Seyfarth Shaw LLP

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split about whether an individual with access to a computer system violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) by accessing information for an improper purpose. By a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Barrett, the Court held that an individual does not “exceed authorized access” within the meaning of the CFAA by misusing access to obtain information that is otherwise available to that person. While the case heard by the high court was a criminal case involving a former law enforcement officer’s criminal conviction, the decision nonetheless has broad

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Supreme Court hands down very good news for everyone who uses a computer

A case that the Supreme Court handed down on Thursday, Van Buren v. United States, centers on the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) — a law so old it’s practically antediluvian by the standards of the tech industry.

Enacted in 1986, the law is intended to prevent individuals from accessing computer systems or individual files that they are not permitted to see — think of it as an anti-hacking law. But the law was also enacted more than three decades ago, long before the internet shifted much of human society to the virtual world. As such, many

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Barrett, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh side with liberal Supreme Court justices in computer fraud case

Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch sided with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan Thursday to endorse a narrow approach on how to apply a 1986 law against computer hacking. 

The justices overturned the conviction of a police officer, Nathan Van Buren, who was paid to run a license plate search in violation of the police department’s policy and, according to the federal government, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

But Barrett, writing for the majority, said the officer technically did not access information he wasn’t entitled to. Instead, he simply

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