Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hacker of medical devices mysteriously dies before Black Hat

An elite hacker who was due to demonstrate how heart implants could be hacked has died unexpectedly in San Francisco. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23467411  Barnaby Jack died on Thursday, the city’s medical examiner’s office told Reuters, but did not give more details.  He had been due to give a presentation into medical device vulnerabilities at the Black Hat […]

Chief Justice Roberts assigned judges to subvert Fourth Amendment

In making assignments to the court, Chief Justice Roberts, more than his predecessors, has chosen judges with conservative and executive branch backgrounds that critics say make the court more likely to defer to government arguments that domestic spying programs are necessary. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/us/politics/robertss-picks-reshaping-secret-surveillance-court.html?hp Ten of the court’s 11 judges — all assigned by Chief Justice Roberts […]

US state agrees to pay victims in forced sterilization suit

The US state of North Carolina has adopted a budget that includes $10m (£6.5m) to compensate victims of forced sterilisation. About 7,600 people were sterilised in North Carolina from 1929 to 1974. Many were poor black women.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23460719 Those sterilised were picked out for such reasons as being deemed promiscuous, or because they were unpopular […]

Cohen escapes indictment, while SAC “edge” sacrafices little

SAC “a veritable magnet of market cheaters,” the firm and its units permitted a “systematic” insider trading scheme to unfold from 1999 to 2010, activity that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in profit for the firm, owned by its founder, the billionaire stock picker Steven A. Cohen. The indictment cites SAC’s inner workings, citing […]

Halliburton pleads guilty and receives slap on the wrist

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/business/halliburton-pleads-guilty-to-destroying-evidence-after-gulf-spill.html?hp  Halliburton , BP and Transocean, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon […]

Christie foreshadows false flag attack in New Jersey

Invoking 9/11, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday heatedly denounced the growing libertarian drift on national security in the Republican Party that is favored by Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, and others in the party. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/us/politics/christie-cites-9-11-in-assailing-libertarian-trend-in-gop.html?hp Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday heatedly said “The next attack that comes, that […]

Some lawmakers vow to fight on after NSA limit vote

Obama administration got a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden’s security breaches last month. Conservative Republicans leery of what they see as Obama administration abuses of power teamed up with liberal Democrats long opposed to intrusive intelligence programs. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/politics/house-defeats-effort-to-rein-in-nsa-data-gathering.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130725  The Obama administration made common cause […]