Google has agreed to a settlement of consumer class action suits over data leaks associated with Mountain View's now defunct social media platform Google+. Bloomberg Law reports that the amount of the settlement is $7.5 million.
Travelex, which has "FINALLY," as Computing puts it, admitted that the attack it sustained was an infestation of Sodinokibi ransomware, is cooperating with a criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Cyber Crime Team. The London police unit is, of course, investigating the crime, and not necessarily the victim.
According to CNBC, Apple says that it's working with the FBI in the Bureau's investigation of the late Saudi officer, Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who's regarded as the gunman in the December 7th murders of three people at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company also says it intends to adhere to its policy of standing firm on encryption of data in Apple devices. Whatever assistance Cupertino may be rendering, Patently Apple notes that when law enforcement wants access to an Apple device, they usually turn to Cellebrite.
In an unusually repellent case, KBTX TV reports that McLennan County, Texas, Sheriff's deputies arrested one Andy Castillo in Lubbock in connection with stalking realtors online and threatening their children. With all due allowances for the fact that the legal system will properly treat Mr. Castillo as innocent until proven guilty, it's difficult to avoid quoting KBXT's account of the opinions of people in the McLennan Sheriff's office. "'This creep has been doing this in 10 different states and 20 different cities. The same thing so we're going to be reaching out to these other cities to see if realtors in that city have filed complaints and so forth,' said Sheriff Parnell McNamara, of McLennan County. 'I just think they are twisted sexual individuals and they're getting some sort of pleasure out of it,' said Detective Joseph Scaramucci of the McLennan County Sheriff's Office." Mr. Castillo is said to have been apprehended in the act of sending obscene messages to the objects of his attentions. He's currently being held without bond in a Lubbock jail, where the alleged twisted creep faces a charge of "criminal solicitation of aggravated sexual assault."
We've had occasion this week to comment on the laws of armed conflict and their relevance to the ongoing confrontation between the US and Iran. We'll add just one more point: while cyberspace remains widely regarded as lawless, that's far from true. Criminal and civil law, for example, function there, and, while the laws of armed conflict have yet to be fully worked out for the new domain, it's safe to assume that the same principles that govern kinetic warfare apply in cyberspace as well: self-defense as the underlying principle of jus ad bellum, proportionality and discrimination as the core principles of jus in bello.