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Facebook Revenge Porn and 'Sextortion' -- Too Many Cases to Handle

'Sextortion' is what is sounds like, and you shouldn't have to see it to know it.

Likewise, 'revenge porn' is descriptive enough that you probably know what's wrong with that picture. In a time when pornography has reached virtually every corner of the internet, perhaps it is no surprise that sextortion and revenge porn are big problems for the family-friendly Facebook.

But 54,000 cases in a month on the website! Are you Facebook-kidding me?!

Why Hackers Should Be Defended in Court

James Donovan, portrayed by Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies, was a real-life insurance attorney who volunteered to defend a Russian spy in the 1950s.

His true story is stranger than the fictional account, but the message of the movie is just as true for lawyers today. "Everyone deserves a defense," Donovan said. "Every person matters."

It's a surprising truth for some, especially when a high-profile defendant seems really guilty. Matthew Keys, who is in prison for hacking, is one of those defendants. Mark Jaffe, who learned that sometimes it pays to work for free, is one of his lawyers,

Trump Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

If last week's global ransomware attack last week is any indication, then President Trump's executive order on cybersecurity is just about on time.

Fortunately, the ransomware attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers from Taiwan to the United Kingdom missed most of the United States. And while a president's order may not stop all cybersecurity breaches, it is a good sign that the president, whose main form of communication seems to be Twitter, is trying to do his part for the security of that and other online platforms. Trump's Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said the order is designed to fulfill the president's promise to "keep America safe, including cyberspace."

How Google Shut Down Phishing Scam

Fending off hackers can be like fixing a leaky roof -- as soon as you patch one, another spot springs a leak.

Google managed to recover from a big one last year, then quickly sealed off another last week. The company says it shut down the Google Doc phishing scam in less than an hour.

"Fewer than 0.1 percent of our users were affected by this attack, and we have taken steps to re-secure affected accounts," said Mark Risher, director of counter-abuse technology for the company.

With about 1 billion Gmail users, that's about 1 million people whose accounts were compromised. A far cry from the 1.5 billion Yahoo users who were hacked, but still ...

New Technology Copies Anyone's Voice in a Minute

If you have ever tried to train a parrot to talk, you know that it takes a long time and a lot of patience.

And once the bird has learned a phrase or two, it's not like it can carry on a conversation. It's basically an ornithological version of a tape recorder.

Well, a Canadian startup called Lyrebird has developed a parrot-like program that can mimic anyone's voice in about a minute. But then it does one better: the darn thing can actually talk.

It is also interesting, from a legal perspective, that the company knows its potential for abuse.

NSA to Stop Sifting Americans' Email

When Donald Trump tweets about the New York Times, that's one thing, but when Edward Snowden tweets about it, that's something else.

After the New York Times reported that the National Security Agency will stop collecting Americans' email and text messages, Snowden tweeted an "I told you so." The former CIA agent, who is on the lam for leaking intelligence secrets, said "the truth changed everything."

"Contrary to denials, NSA was in fact sifting through Americans' emails," he tweeted. "And now they've been forced to halt it."

Facebook and Google Hit in $100M Scam

If you thought email phishing scams only targeted consumers and athletes looking for things in all the wrong places, think again.

Online scammers look for money wherever they can find unsuspecting victims. That includes mega companies, like Facebook and Google.

According to a criminal indictment, a Lithuanian named Evaldas Rimasaukas swindled more than $100 million by using forged email addresses, invoices, and corporate stamps to impersonate a manufacturer and bill purchasers in the United States. Fortune, in an exclusive, learned that those buyers were Facebook and Google.

FTC Settles 'Supercookies' Case

In the sci-fi movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise has his eyes removed in a gross scene that you cannot unsee. So don't watch it just because of this movie reference.

But there is another part of the movie that you can't ignore. In the future, the movie shows how companies will be able to track us and push custom-tailored ads at us wherever we go. There is no escape from the Big Brother ad man.

Well, that movie was made 15 years ago and the future is now. "Supercookies" or "zombie cookies" are the villains in this tale.

We all work on the go these days, checking emails on the bus, typing up memos in a coffee shop, or drafting documents on a red-eye flight. But the freedom to work from anywhere also comes with some drawbacks.

When you're out of the office or on the go, you don't have your regular cybersecurity systems there to protect you, meaning you could be putting your own and your clients' information at risk. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself, taken from the FindLaw archives.

Facebook Can't Stop Search Warrants for User Information in Criminal Probe

It turns out what you don't know can hurt you, especially if you are on social media.

According to New York's highest court, Facebook could not even challenge search warrants it received for user information in a criminal investigation. The court said only the individuals, not the company, could challenge the warrants -- even though the Facebook users never even knew about them.

"Indeed, to hold otherwise would be to impermissibly and judicially create a right to appeal in a criminal matter that has not been authorized by our Legislature," Judge Leslie Stein wrote for the majority.

The ruling was bad news for online services and social media, including Twitter, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, who backed Facebook in the challenge. But it was really bad news for the individuals who were the subject of the search warrants; sixty of them have already been convicted in the Facebook sweep.