Former Congresswoman Katie Hill’s Revenge Porn Complaint Against Daily Mail, RedState.com Dismissed Under California Anti-SLAPP Law

In November 2018, Democrat Katie Hill won a Congressional seat representing a northern Los Angeles exurb that had been held by Republicans since 1993. Once in Washington, she was a rising star in the party and one of two freshman Representatives chosen for the Democratic Caucus. On October 18, 2019, RedState, a conservative political blog…

Photo of Judge Joseph F. Bataillon with logos of Spamhaus and DatabaseUSA over wheat field.

DatabaseUSA.com Wins Injunction Against Spamhaus

The Spamhaus Project suffered a rare legal setback last month in Nebraska federal court where the court in DatabaseUSA.com LLC vs. The Spamhaus Project, No. 8:19-CV-423 (D. Neb. July 27, 2020) found that the plaintiff had been wrongfully listed on its Domain Block List (DBL). The DBL lists domains that Spamhaus determines “are used in…

Floppy disk containing the source code for the Morris Worm held at the Computer History Museum and Robert Morris on the right.

The Morris Worm, the First Indictment under the CFAA and Wake Up Call of a New Age

On November 2, 1988, Robert Tappan Morris, the son of a famous Bell Labs cryptographer, released and graduate student at Cornell University, released what became known as the “Morris worm” through Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Morris stated that his intent was “to demonstrate the inadequacies of current security measures on computer networks by exploiting…

Photo of hacker and Tweet from Barack Obama.

Twitter Hacking Incidents Has Law Enforcement, Washington on Alert

On Wednesday, a hacker accessed 130 prominent Twitter accounts including that of Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and the most followed Twitter account on the planet – Barack Obama – to promote a bitcoin scam.  This force Twitter to shut down verified Twitter users’ accounts for…

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Rand Issues Report on Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join ten other stellar participants that included other attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, academics and civil society representatives for a two-day brainstorming session sponsored by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (working with RTI International and the RAND Corporation) on combating Technologically Facilitated Abuse…