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Espionage and Export Controls: The iPhone Hack Highlights The New World of Warfare

Last week, researchers at Citizen Lab uncovered sophisticated new spyware that allowed hackers to take complete control of anyone’s iPhone, turning the phone into a pocket-spy to intercept communications, track movements and...more

Chinese national hacker pleads guilty to sending U.S. military data to China

The FBI and DOJ continue their effort to bring cyber hackers to justice. Last week, Chinese national Su Bin pled guilty to stealing data related to Boeing’s C-17 military cargo plane and of trying to steal information...more

Back-Door Access to Encrypted Communications: Weakening Security to Improve Security?

Last month’s terror attacks in Paris have re-ignited the long-standing debate between national security and privacy advocates over whether technology companies should be required to provide the government special access to...more

Cyberattack Prevention, Assessment, And Response Is A Key Focus In Intelligence Authorization Bill Passed By The House

On December 1, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised Intelligence Authorization Act. The White House had threatened to veto a previous version of the bill, but proponents of the passed version say that...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

Feds continue to prosecute hackers

Sergey Vovnenko, a Ukrainian hacker, was charged in New Jersey federal court this week for wire fraud conspiracy, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hacking into networks of financial...more

Secretary Of Homeland Security Seeks Cooperation Between Public And Private Sectors In Fight Against Cybercriminals

On April 21, 2015, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the annual RSA Conference 2015. In his remarks, Johnson explained that, while the DHS was established primarily to focus on...more

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced...more

Red Notice Newsletter - August 2013

Introduction - Welcome to the July/August 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office files its first Bribery Act charges; a...more

Export Control Violations: Man on Trial for Taking His Laptop to China

Back in September 2011, Sixing Liu, a Chinese national-U.S. permanent resident, was charged by the U.S. Government for U.S. export control law violations. Liu allegedly took export-controlled technical data on military...more

Prison Time and Export Controls: University Professor's Case Illustrates Dangers of Ignoring Export Compliance

On Monday, October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of retired University of Tennessee professor John Reece Roth. In July 2009, Roth received a four year prison sentence for illegally exporting military...more

US Withdrawal from Iraq Raises Questions about Future of Biometric Database

President Obama's address on the end of the combat mission in Iraq has left open the question of what will happen to the massive biometric databases on Iraqis, assembled by the United States, during the course of the...more

In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: McMurray v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al.,)

Motion to Dismiss of Telecommunications Carrier DefendantsCalifornia

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: McMurray v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al.,)

Motion of Specially Appearing Defendants AT&T Inc. and Bellsouth Corporation to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint for Lack of Personal...California

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: McMurray v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al.,)

Government Defendants' Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint in 09-CV-0131-VRWCalifornia

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: McMurray v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al.,)

Order Denying Governments' Administrative Motion to DismissCalifornia

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: McMurray v. Verizon Communications, Inc., et al.,)

United States' Administrative Motion to Treat Recently Transferred McMurray Action As Subject to Pending Dispositive MotionCalifornia

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

In re NSA Telecommunications Records Litigation (McMurray v. Verizon)

Stipulation and Order Re: New Case and Notice of Dismissal of Defendant Cellco PartnershipCalifornia

This category (of wireless wiretapping cases) includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few...more

Hepting, et al., v. AT&T CORP., et al., and United States of America

Opposition of Plaintiffs-Appellees to the Government's Motion to Hold Appeals in Abeyance and Plaintiffs-Appellees' Cross-Motion...Not Applicable

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

Hepting, et al., v. AT&T CORP., et al., and United States of America

Government's Motion to Hold Appeals in Abeyance Pending Its Submission in the District Court Pursuant to the New FISA AmendmentsNot Applicable

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, 2006, accusing the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National...more

In Re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (this document relates solely to: Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc. et al. v. Bush, et al.)

Answer to Amicus Curiae Brief of Telecommunications CarriersCalifornia

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (this document relates solely to: Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc. et al. v. Bush, et al.)

Defendants' Reply in Support of Second Motion to Dismiss or, in the alternative, for Summary JudgmentCalifornia

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc. et al. v Bush et al)

Amici Curiae Memorandum of MDL Plaintiffs Addressing The Application of the Protocol of Section 1806(f), Title 50 U.S.C., to Civil...California

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re: National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (This document relates to: Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc. et al. v Bush et al)

Amicus Curiae Brief of Telecommunications Carrier Defendants Regarding Whether The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Preempts...California

This case alleges targeting of the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers by the admitted, targeted warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. It is based on a document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by...more

In Re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation (this order pertains to all actions against the MCI & Verizon defendants in the Master MCI & Verizon Consolidated Complaint)

Order directing clerk to terminate the submitted motions at docket #'s 253, 270, 273, 295 and 347 of the Master DocketCalifornia

This category includes a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also includes a few cases against Verizon entities...more

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