Apple CEO Tim Cook: Nation Needs To Decide How Much Power Government Has Over Data, Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Nation Needs To Decide How Much Power Government Has Over Data, Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook used today’s press event for the new iPhone to once again make his case against court orders trying compel Apple to aid law enforcement in unlocking iPhones belonging to criminal suspects. [More]

Ed Uthman

Apple Engineers Might Resist Court Order To Weaken iPhone Encryption

A federal court in California is currently weighing whether or not Apple could be compelled to aid the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists behind the Dec. 2, 2015 shootings in San Bernardino, CA. But even if the court rules that Apple must assist the government in opening the device, some engineers at the company are reportedly considering resistance. [More]

Scammer Must Repay $7.75M For Running Bogus Prayer Center & Consumer Complaint Service

Scammer Must Repay $7.75M For Running Bogus Prayer Center & Consumer Complaint Service

When facing times of trouble, some people choose to believe in the power of prayer. Others put more trust in their ability to file an official complaint. A Seattle-based scam artist apparently figured he would cover all his bases, operating a trio of bogus companies covering everything from religion to consumer gripes. [More]

Driver Ticketed After Police See Facebook Video Of Him Ignoring A Stop Sign

CBS Denver

A man in Colorado recently received a traffic ticket for blowing through a Stop sign — not because a police officer witnessed the violation in person, but because the driver posted video of the incident on Facebook. [More]

Justice Department Advises Against Throwing Poor People In Jail For Not Paying Fines

Rick Drew

While debtor prisons have long been outlawed, failure to pay a court-ordered fine or fee can get you locked up. But in a letter sent yesterday to state court administrators, the Department of Justice advises against using the penal system as a way to collect debts. [More]

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

The federal government’s courtroom war with Apple over iPhone encryption may be grabbing all the headlines, but a number of tech companies offer devices, apps, and messaging services with privacy settings that frustrate police investigations. And according to a new report, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instant messaging app could be the next to face a legal challenge from the feds. [More]

Adam Fagen

Apple Accuses DOJ Of “Smear” Campaign In Fight Over Unlocking Shooter’s iPhone

The legal tug-of-war over whether or not Apple can be forced to unlock a secure iPhone continued last night, with the U.S. Justice Department filing a sharp rebuke to Apple’s claims that it can’t legally be compelled to rewrite its software, and with Apple responding by accusing federal prosecutors of operating a “smear” campaign through the court system. [More]

Horrible Taco Bell Customer Tosses Drink In Employee’s Face; Doesn’t Realize Drive-Thru Has Cameras

Milltown PD

What sort of childhood trauma brings one to the point of deciding to throw a drink in the face of a fast food worker? More importantly, what sort of person does this today and doesn’t think they will be photographed from multiple angles? [More]

Dozens Of Tech Experts Ask Court To Not Force Apple To Unlock iPhone

Dozens Of Tech Experts Ask Court To Not Force Apple To Unlock iPhone

The day after Apple filed its formal objection to a Feb. 16 court order compelling the company to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists who killed 14 people last December in California, a group of nearly four dozen tech industry experts have asked the court to rethink its decision. [More]

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Apple “Formally Objects” To Court Order To Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Hours after Apple and the FBI faced off before a Congressional panel on the matters of encryption, privacy, and law enforcement, the company officially filed its objection to a court order directing it to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA, on Dec. 2, 2015. [More]

Wallet Thief Sends Note To Victim: “Shop Less… Enjoy More”

CBS Los Angeles

A wallet thief in California had the courtesy to return their victim’s credit cards and driver’s license, but they also decided this incident should be some sort of teachable moment. [More]

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

While Apple and federal law enforcement officials argue over whether or not the company should aid in the hacking of a terrorist’s locked iPhone, the company has reportedly begun work on a version of the device that even its creators would not be able to unlock. [More]

The teenager opened up a clinic in this building in West Palm Beach, FL.

Teen Arrested For Passing Himself Off As A Doctor, Opening Clinic

In a combination of Doogie Howser, MD and Catch Me If You Can, a Florida teenager has been arrested for not merely posing as a medical doctor, but for going so far as to open up his own clinic, complete with a website. [More]

6 Walmart Trucks Shot At On Oklahoma Highway Since Sunday

6 Walmart Trucks Shot At On Oklahoma Highway Since Sunday

A number of Walmart trucks have arrived at their destination this week, only to find out that they had been used as target practice while driving along a stretch of highway in Oklahoma. [More]

ID Thieves Attack IRS Website Using 460,000 Stolen Social Security Numbers

ID Thieves Attack IRS Website Using 460,000 Stolen Social Security Numbers

One of the worst things an identity thief can do with a stolen Social Security number is use it to then claim that person’s tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service has revealed that ID thieves recently tried to attack IRS.gov in an effort to cash in on 460,000 stolen SSNs. [More]

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Perhaps you’d like to think that your shrink-wrapped ready-to-eat cheese was made in something resembling a science-fiction movie — stark white walls, spotless machines, a few doctor-like employees supervising the sterile process behind surgical masks. You certainly don’t imagine the conditions that got one Delaware cheese company shut down. [More]

Fired St. Louis Cardinals Exec To Plead Guilty To Hacking Houston Astros Front Office

Fired St. Louis Cardinals Exec To Plead Guilty To Hacking Houston Astros Front Office

Sports-related chicanery often ends in suspensions and the occasional expulsion, but rarely does it rise to the level of actual crime. Then again, it’s not every day that one team illegally breaches the private network of another. [More]

U.S. Marshals Raid CES Booth To Seize Alleged Knockoff Scooters

On the left is the alleged knockoff from Changzhou, which currently sells for $550 on Alibaba, about 1/3 the price of the $1,499 Future Motion Onewheel on the right.

We’ve seen lots of odd things at CES International over the years — live kangaroos, stormtroopers, boxing matches, Seth Rogen — but one thing we’ve never seen before is U.S. marshals seizing knockoff products for alleged patent infringement. [More]