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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…

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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…

Internet Traffic Kings Episode 9 with Neil Patel

Internet Traffic Kings #8-9 with Oliver Kenyon and Neil Patel

Episodes 8 and 9 for Internet Traffic Kings have dropped. Episode 8 features Oliver Kenyon who built the world’s largest affiliate community online and now runs LandingPageGuys.com. He shares his Top 5 Tips for New Marketers and uncovers his coveted internal blueprint. The ultimate checklist of conversions principles! You do NOT want to miss this…

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California’s Next Privacy Battle

With the regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA) still yet to be finalized, a new sweeping amendment is likely to be on the November ballot. Mactaggart Returns In 2017, San Francisco Bay area housing developer Alastair Mactaggart launched Californians for Consumer Privacy and qualified the CaCPA for the November 2018 ballot.  As drafted,…

Attorney General AB5 Lawsuit Summary

Cal. AG Files Enforcement Action Against Uber and Lyft under AB-5

In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision redefined the definition of employee v. independent contractor through an “ABC test” followed by many states.  Last September, California Governor Newsom signed AB-5 which codified the Dynamex decision and went into effect on January 1, 2020. The titans of the “Gig Economy” have fought AB-5 throughout the process and have…

Internet Traffic Kings

Internet Traffic Kings #5-6

Episodes 5 and 6 for Internet Traffic Kings have dropped. Episode 5 features industry veteran Ian Fernando.  In this episode, I discuss COVID scams. Episode 6 features Peter Day of Peter Day Marketing Agency.   Rick Bennick, President of Brand Ventures, and Brandedoffers.com a leading online brand incubator.  In this episode, I discuss the controversy surrounding…