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Threats on 'Anonymous' Messaging App Result in FBI Arrest

"Asalam alaikum, brother," the suspected terrorist messaged.

He had talked about "jihad and shooting all the people all the time," but the time had come to act. Using an anonymous phone app, he revealed his plan to attack. "I cannot speak of anything," he said. "Say your dua, sleep, and watch the news tomorrow."

Within hours, law enforcement agents were outside his apparent. He tried furiously to encrypt his computer files, but it was too late.

The FBI arrested Garrett Grimsely and seized an assault weapon, along with about 340 rounds of ammunition. He is facing up to five years in prison for "transmitting a threat in interstate commerce to injure the person of another."

Lawsuit Claims Prison Recorded Attorney-Client Meetings and Phone Calls

At the same time a class-action alleges Kansas prison officials recorded attorney-client phone calls, a court-appointed special master is reporting the prison also videotaped at least 700 attorney-client meetings.

Special master David Cohen made the report after reviewing videotapes of 30 attorney visits at the federal prison in Leavenworth. Cohen, who was appointed in a criminal case to examine the prison's video set-up, concluded that more than 700 lawyer-client meetings had been videotaped during a 12-week period.

"It appears all of these attorney-inmate meetings were recorded," Cohen said.

Although the video-recordings did not include sound, Cohen also investigated attorney-client phone calls that were recorded.

Canadians Fear Privacy Violations at U.S. Border

While President Trump looks for another way to ban immigrants from Muslim countries and proceeds to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a less visible border battle is playing out with Canada.

Border Patrol agents have been stopping Canadians, questioning them about their religion and national origin, and then demanding access to their phones. As part of the president's ban against immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, agents have been screening Muslims at the borders between Canada and the United States.

Last weekend, a Muslim woman from Quebec reported that she was interrogated at the Vermont border and forced to hand over her phone and unlock it. Agents then refused to let her into the country. An Iranian-born journalist was detained last month at Chicago's O'Hare airport, where agents forced him to unlock his phone and then inspected his Twitter account.

You can use bots to grab the first open reservation at a hard-to-book restaurant. Bots will post your thoughts to Twitter. These relatively simple, automated programs can even pretend to be your girlfriend.

Now, some public-minded techies want to use bots to ensure public accountability, by tracking nearly everything legislators say or do when crafting laws.

Espionage Charges Leveled at Former NSA Contractor for Stealing Hacking Tools

Harold T. Martin III has been facing up to 10 years in prison for allegedly stealing classified government information, but he may soon face another 30 years as prosecutors plan to file espionage charges against him.

In any case, the former contractor for the National Security Agency is not going anywhere for a long time. Unlike Eric Snowden who fled the country after he leaked classified information, Martin is in jail.

Video Game Company Wins in Biometric Face-Scanning Dispute

"In your face!"

Often shouted by sports enthusiasts when they score on an opponent, the expression took on new meaning in a recent court decision. The case involved a video game, NBA 2K, that enables users to scan their faces into a computer to create their own avatars in a virtual basketball game.

The end result is that you -- or at least a digital rendering of you -- can slam dunk a basketball and exclaim: "In your face!"

But two players sued, alleging that the gaming company's use of gamers' biometric data violated the law. Unfortunately for two plaintiffs, the litigation game did not end so well. A federal court judge said they had no case against the software company for keeping the biometric data used to create their faces on avatars.

Last July, the Second Circuit ruled that the federal government could not force Microsoft to turn over emails stored on a foreign server in Ireland. Two weeks ago, a divided Second Circuit declined to reconsider that ruling en banc, allowing the landmark decision to stand.

But the Second Circuit's logic doesn't seem to have convinced U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter. On Friday, Rueter ruled that Google must turn over foreign-stored electronic data to the FBI, pursuant to two search warrants issued under the Stored Communications Act, the same act the Second Circuit found did not have extraterritorial reach.

Target's Data Breach Settlement Delayed

For Target, the $10 million settlement would have closed the door on one of the biggest data-breach cases of the time.

The company had already agreed to pay banks with MasterCard $39 million and Visa $67 million. Even the consumer class action -- representing up to 110 million Target customers -- had been approved. But then this happened.

One person objected, and an appeals court agreed with him. The settlement, based on the data-breach of 2013, will be on hold for now.

When disaster strikes, can your firm recover and ensure that you're still able to serve clients, practice law, and meet your duties? Do you have a plan in place for emergencies, like earthquakes, hurricanes, or the loss of your internet?

Yep, with practice management systems, webmail, legal research, and records databases increasingly integrated with "the cloud," something as simple as a WiFi outage could disrupt your practice just as much as a flood. Here's why and how to prepare.

Airport Internet: What Lawyers Need to Know

President Trump fires his attorney general for refusing to defend his immigration ban; a lawyer is jailed for peacefully protesting at the inauguration; and hundreds of lawyers are in the cross-hairs for assisting immigrants at the nation's airports.

Unless you work for the president, you might be feeling a little paranoid about what could happen to you if you cross the line. Oh wait, that's right. He fired his top attorney.

In any case, there is a real security threat to any attorney who does legal work at the airport. Everyone from a hacker to to an immigration official can access your communications on the internet.

Airports, like many public places, offer wi-fi services to anyone . But it's a bad idea for lawyers to use public Wi-Fi networks because they are not secure. For phishers, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.