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French judge issues arrest warrant for cyclist Floyd Landis in alleged hacking incident – latimes.com

February 16, 2010

French judge issues arrest warrant for cyclist Floyd Landis in alleged hacking incident – latimes.com: ”

The French national anti-doping lab says its computers were compromised. Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a drug test, dismisses the idea that he was involved.”

(Via .)

French court says ‘oui’ on workplace smut

January 8, 2010

French court says ‘oui’ on workplace smut: “

Dirty downloader comes out clean

In a surprise ruling last month, France’s highest court – la Cour de Cassation – ruled that an employee was wrongly dismissed for downloading smut to their work PC.…

Case Study: WhatsUp keeps Legoland turnstyles ringing

(Via The Register.)

Heartland To Pay American Express $3.6 Million For Breach

December 22, 2009

Heartland To Pay American Express $3.6 Million For Breach: “Last week, PC World reported: ‘Heartland Payment Systems will pay American Express US$3.6 million to settle charges relating to the 2008 hacking of its payment system network. This is the first settlement Heartland has reached with a card brand since disclosing the incident in January of this year.’ Heartland processes…

(Via I’ve Been Mugged.)

Fergie’s Tech Blog: SCADA Watch: PG&E Lawsuit Spreads Down Smart Grid Supply Chain

November 18, 2009

Fergie’s Tech Blog: SCADA Watch: PG&E Lawsuit Spreads Down Smart Grid Supply Chain: ”
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SCADA Watch: PG&E Lawsuit Spreads Down Smart Grid Supply Chain
Camille Ricketts writes on VentureBeat:

Last week, [it was] reported [about] the lawsuit being filed against Pacific Gas & Electric for price hikes seemingly caused by installation of smart meters in the Bakersfield area of California. Now the plaintiff’s attorneys say that PG&E’s suppliers should also be sued — a who’s who of Smart Grid companies including General Electric, meter maker Landis+Gyr and communications provider Silver Spring Networks.

The original plaintiff, Bakersfield resident Pete Flores, filed the suit after his electric bill tripled fro $200 to $600 a month — right after having a new smart meter installed in his home. Objecting that PG&E described the meter as a money-saving device, he decided to sue for fraudulent advertising, negligence and unjust enrichment.

Wrapping up Landis+Gyr in a lawsuit — considering it’s one of the biggest and most respected me”

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National Data Breach Law Steps Closer To Reality – HITRUST

November 13, 2009

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National Data Breach Law Steps Closer To Reality
Ever since California’s data breach disclosure law went into effect in July 2003, proponents of breach notification laws have called for similar national laws. Their wish came a step close to reality this week as two data breach bills exited the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The two bills include:

S.149, or the Data Breach Notification Act, would mandate companies and federal agencies that due busin”

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In re. Ameritrade Accountholder Litigation: Court Rejects Class Settlement He Viewed as Providing Members of Plaintiff Class with No Real Benefits :: Digital Media Lawyer Blog

November 11, 2009

In re. Ameritrade Accountholder Litigation: Court Rejects Class Settlement He Viewed as Providing Members of Plaintiff Class with No Real Benefits :: Digital Media Lawyer Blog: “Digital Media Lawyer Blog
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Posted On: November 10, 2009 by David Johnson
In re. Ameritrade Accountholder Litigation: Court Rejects Class Settlement He Viewed as Providing Members of Plaintiff Class with No Real Benefits
On October 23, 2009, Judge Vaughn Walker did something that doesn’t happen very often. He rejected final approval of a class action settlement that was opposed by less than .001% of the members of the plaintiffs’ class. The reason: he had come to believe that while the settlement would cost Ameritrade millions, and pay $1.87 million to the plaintiffs’ counsel, it ultimately provided the plaintiffs themselves with no real benefits.
The case is the In re TD Ameritrade “

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Court Allows Woman to Sue Bank for Lax Security After $26,000 Stolen by Hacker | Threat Level | Wired.com

September 30, 2009

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Court Allows Woman to Sue Bank for Lax Security After $26,000 Stolen by Hacker
By Kim Zetter September 4, 2009  |  2:58 pm  |  Categories: Cybersecurity, The Courts
An Illinois district court has allowed a couple to sue their bank on the novel grounds that it may have failed to sufficiently secure their account, after an unidentified hacker obtained a $26,500 loan on the account using the customers’ user name and password.

As initially reported by legal blogger, David Johnson, Marsha and Michael Shames-Yeakel sued Citizens Financial Bank in 2007 in the northern district of Illinois on several grounds, including a claim that the bank failed to provide state-of-the-art security measures to protect their account.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer refused last week to grant a summary judgment in favor of Citizens Financial, stating in her ruling (.pdf) that ‘assuming that Citizens employed inadequate security meas”

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