Four former Google engineers who say they were fired for attempting to organize have filed a suit against their former company with the National Labor Relations Board. The four, who according to Vox were given their pink slips shortly before Thanksgiving, dispute Google’s contention that they were terminated for violating corporate data security policies and codes of conduct. Instead, they allege that their termination was intended as exemplary retaliation to quash the growing tendency of employees to question management decisions on a range of workplace and social issues. (Alphabet might usefully review Rerum Novarum as a first cut at a guide to the natural rights of labor and the responsibilities of capital. We’re just sayin’.)
NSS Labs has dismissed, without prejudice, its anti-trust lawsuit against CrowdStrike, Symantec Corporation, ESET LLC, Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) and Does 1-50. In NSS Labs’ view, AMTSO has become more “fair and balanced in its structure, [and] vendors [like Crowdstrike, Symantec, and ESET] have shown progress in working with testing organizations.”
An international effort has taken down the Imminent Methods spyware black market, Naked Security reports. The Australian Federal Police led the international effort to shut down the sale of the market’s principal product, the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (also known as IM RAT). This spyware could be had for as little as $25, and more than fourteen-thousand buyers are said to have sampled Imminent Methods wares. In all police executed eighty-five warrants, seized more than four-hundred items in the gang’s possession, and arrested fourteen people.