US Department of Justice Posts

FBI shuts down Zeus botnet

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The United Stats government believes that it has shut down one of the largest botnets, which is run by Russian boating enthusiast Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev. The FBI and Justice Department on Monday announced that it successfully cracked a Trojan virus called Gameover Zeus (GOZ), which is responsible for creating a botnet out of several computers around the world. GOZ can spread by convincing users to visit malicious websites using phishing e-mails.

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Tech companies win the right to disclose NSA requests

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The Justice Department announced on Monday that companies will be allowed to publish the number of requests received under a program that forces them to reveal customer information under gag orders. This could potentially alleviate feuds between the government and tech companies that is happening in front of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

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Judge Denise Cote Says DOJ Cannot Regulate Apple Inc. (AAPL) App Store

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Judge Denise Cote, a federal judge, said that the Justice Department cannot regulate the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store.  The Justice Department has been working on controlling the App Store in their injunction against Apple.
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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Says DOJ E-Book Case Shows Bias Towards Amazon

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Apple Inc. said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has shown bias towards Apple in price-fixing case.  In a court filing that was filed on Monday, Apple said that the DOJ called the revised proposal is a “transparent attempt to attack the credibility of Apple and its counsel, and obtain an injunction wildly out of proportion to the issues and evidence in the case.”
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Justice Department Decides To Shorten Apple’s E-Books Injunction

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The U.S. Justice Department has suggested in a court filing that Apple’s punishment for conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices should be halved from 10 years to 5 years.  This injunction blocks Apple from entering deals with publishers in order to limit price competition.
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Justice Department Proposes Ceasing Of Apple E-Book Deals For 5 Years

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The Justice Department and 33 attorney generals gave Apple proposals on Friday to make up for e-book price fixing.  One of the most reasonable settlements was a five-year ban on making e-book distribution contracts with the five major publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster.
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Steve Jobs Was Skeptical About iBooks At First

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The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs needed to be convinced about entering the e-books market by Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple.  Cue described how he had to petition for iBookstore during the e-book testimony regarding price fixing this week, according to AllThingsD.
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Justice Department Closes Down Liberty Reserve Following $6 Billion Laundering Charge

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The U.S. Justice Department has shut down Liberty Reserve.  Liberty Reserve is one of the largest hubs used for anonymous online banking services.  Liberty Reserve was indicted under charges of running a $6 billion money-laundering scheme.  Earlier this week, the website was replaced by a notice that the domain was seized by the U.S. Global Illicit Financial Team.

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