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by faces a class action lawsuit (below) over cyber theft of personal account data from more than 24 million customers that did business with the company’s unit.

A Kentucky law firm filed the lawsuit against just one day after the footwear e-tailer’s servers storing customer account information were hacked.

According to CEO Tony Hsieh, customers’ names, e-mail addresses, the last 4 digits of their credit card numbers, birthdays, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, and cryptographically scrambled passwords were stolen.


A federal indictment unsealed today alleges that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by a Connecticut resident who “was affiliated with Anonymous” brought down KISS band member Gene Simmons’ web site last year.

The felony charges allege that Poe and other unnamed co-conspirators used an open source software program to send large amounts of packets and requests to overwhelm servers and bring the musician’s e-commerce site down.

But why did the attacks target the outspoken KISS co-founder?


A juror who tweeted during a murder trial, and while he and his fellow jurors deliberated, led the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse the conviction of a 26-year-old death row inmate.

While there were other factors that led the court to send the case back for a new trial, the tweets played a key role in its decision.

We’re not talking about a one time tweet either. The juror was a consistent, repeat offender who ignored the trial judge’s jury instructions even before opening statements about the case. He just couldn’t shake the Twitter bird off his back.


A Brooklyn jury acquitted a man accused of gun possession charges after his criminal defense lawyers discovered a treasure trove of derogatory, racist digital evidence on a Facebook group created by NYPD officers.

According to the New York Times, police officers who did not want to work at New York City’s annual West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn created a Facebook group to share their displeasure, complete with vulgar, intolerant epithets directed at members of New York City’s Caribbean community celebrating the event.


A 21-year-old man from Idaho, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, faces federal charges for attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama.

Under 18 U.S.C. § 1751(c), Ortega-Hernandez could be sentenced for a term of up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

According to the FBI affidavit attached to the criminal charges (below) and reports, gunshots were heard in the vicinity of the White House last Friday night.

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