The European Court of Justice has handed down its decision on the successor to Privacy Shield, Computing reports. The court found for Facebook, whose data transfer policies had been challenged by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems. Schrems alleged that Facebook's use of standard contractual clauses was effectively undermined by US law. The court upheld the use of standard contractual clauses, but did say that such clauses did not render data transfer practices immune from judicial or regulatory review.
Nathan Wyatt, a British subject accused of being part of the Dark Overlord cyber extortion gang, has been extradited to the US. He was arraigned yesterday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, charged with "aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer, and conspiring to commit those and other computer fraud offenses." Mr. Wyatt entered a plea of not guilty. The Justice Department describes his alleged offenses as “remotely accessing the computer networks of multiple U.S. companies without authorization, obtaining sensitive records and information from those companies, and then threatening to release the companies’ stolen data unless the companies paid a ransom in bitcoin.”
A contract employee of Siemens, working in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced for planting "logic bombs" in software he wrote for the company. Daryl Tinley took a guilty plea and received a prison term of six months followed by two years of supervised release and a fine of $7,500. He designed the software he'd been hired to write to fail in ways that would induce Siemens to call him in to fix it, and, of course, to pay him for doing so.
Huawei continues to pursue its suit against the US Federal Communications Commission, a suit it hopes will force the FCC to abandon the strictures it's placed on using Federal funds to buy Huawei gear, but few observers, Bloomberg Law thinks, believe the Chinese hardware manufacturer has much of a shot at winning.