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Judge Suggests Mute Button for Trump Twitter Lawsuit

In the Trump Twitter-Blocking case, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald was hoping the President would settle by muting unfriendly users rather than blocking them.

The plaintiffs sued the president last year after he blocked them from commenting on his Twitter page. They claim Trump violated their free speech rights on a public forum.

The president's lawyers argue it is not a public forum, and that he has the right to associate with people as he chooses. The judge is pushing the pause button while they consider her mute proposal, but wait, haven't we seen this movie?

An Iowa man, from the city of Sibley, has just sued Sibley over their efforts to silence him on the internet.

Although the city may be understandably upset over what its own resident was saying, using governmental authority to restrict speech on the internet, even if that speech claims that you're a smelly city, just isn't right. The First Amendment lawsuit was filed by the ACLU of Iowa and has all the hallmarks of a fishy story.

Biggest Cyberthreats to Lawyers

According to a new survey, more than one-fourth of law firms last year say the were hacked and the number is increasing.

If your law firm hasn't been attacked, chances are it's just a matter of time. It may have already happened; you just don't know it.

In any case, cyberthreats are getting bigger, so you need to do more to fight them off. Like the sheriff said in Jaws, you're going to need a bigger boat.

Hackers 'Cryptojack' Tesla Cloud

Just when you thought you had a grasp of cybersecurity, criminals have found another way to hack your computers: cryptojacking.

Tesla recently discovered the problem on its cloud system. The company quickly reported that it did not affect customer privacy or vehicle security.

But the breach illustrates another reason to double-down on cybersecurity measures. It's no time to risk some hacker taking over your computers.

Can Crowdsourcing Accurately Predict Supreme Court Decisions?

Someday, anybody will be able to be part of the process at the highest court in America.

Oh wait, that's today. At least there is a website that lets anybody join in forecasting decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

By the time you read this blog, there will also be a discussion at Stanford about how such crowdsourcing predicts Supreme Court decisions. So are we there yet?

FedEx Customer Data Exposed

Remember when you weren't supposed to throw sensitive information in the trash because nosey people could get it?

Well, in case you didn't know, you shouldn't leave that information on old servers either. That includes abandoned Amazon accounts.

FedEx is learning that lesson the hard way. A security company says FedEx forgot 119,000 documents with customer information online -- "a blunder that left the information available to identity thieves and other malicious actors."

930,000 Law Firms Passwords Exposed

When Yahoo disclosed last year that 1.5 billion accounts were hacked, it may not have troubled law firms that had their own email accounts.

The problem is that one hack leads to another, and now 1.16 million law firm email addresses have been compromised on the dark web. What's worse, 80 percent of them included their passwords.

It is a major cybersecurity issue for the 500 law firms affected in London, but what does that mean to American lawyers? It means it is likely only a matter of time before your email is hacked, too.

US Busts $530 Million Cybercrime Ring

'In Fraud We Trust' was their slogan.

What were they thinking? Apparently not that much because U.S. attorneys have filed charges against them in one of the biggest online frauds ever prosecuted by the government.

Infraud Organization, an Amazon of people selling stolen credit cards, social security numbers and other personal information, boasted 11,000 members. Well, they did before the arrests.

If you have Comcast internet service, you might want to take a closer look at your bill. If there's a charge for a Service Protection Plan, or SPP, you may want to start digging to find out how that got there. If the numbers from Washington's AG are right, there's over a 50 percent chance you were lied to by Comcast.

The Service Protection Plan (SPP) charge apparently covers quite a bit that the company already provides standard with their service. It claims that the fee is to cover things like service calls to your home, however, as noted by Ars Technica, one of the most common service call related items isn't even covered. Perhaps, most disturbingly, many of the Comcast customers filing complaints assert that the SPP charge appeared on their bill without their consent or them ever even signing up for plan.

Lawsuit: Sex Toy Company Spies on Customers

People work remotely through computers, so why not use sex toys remotely?

It may surprise you to know that there is an app for that. A Hong Kong-based company makes vibrators that can be controlled remotely through cell phones.

But it came as a big surprise to one user that the company was collecting data about her sexual behavior through the app. Of course she sued anonymously -- maybe.