On The Wire

Russian Cybersecurity Expert Convicted in Hack-to-Trade Conspiracy

On February 14, 2023, a federal jury in Boston, Massachusetts, convicted Russian businessman, Vladislav Klyushin, of participating in an elaborate hack-to-trade conspiracy that netted millions through securities trades based on nonpublic information stolen from U.S. computer networks. Mr. Klyushin, whose company boasted of ties to the Kremlin, was arrested two ...
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The King of Crypto and the FTX Collapse

On December 12, 2022, billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested at his apartment complex in Nassau, Bahamas, after criminal charges were filed in New York. It was a dramatic fall for the founder and CEO of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange that saw his $32 billion company plunge into bankruptcy. The day ...
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Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Mandatory Jail for Gun Offence

The phrase illegal and cruel punishments was first used by the United Kingdom Parliament in the Bill of Rights 1689 and later adopted in the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States 1791 as cruel and unusual punishments. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 ...
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Plea Bargaining: An Alberta Trilogy

Plea bargaining is not only commonplace but essential to the administration of the Canadian criminal justice system. In the modern practice of criminal law the bargain is called a joint submission when the prosecutor and defence counsel agree on a guilty plea and also agree to recommend a particular sentence ...
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The Limits of Motor Vehicle Inventory Searches

On December 23, 2018, Luke Myers was a passenger in a truck stopped by the police in Truro, Nova Scotia, for motor vehicle infractions. The truck was uninsured and the investigating police officer arranged for it to be towed to a third party lot. The driver and Mr. Myers were ...
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The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Case

On August 5, 2022, a search warrant was issued by federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida that authorized the search of Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former president Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, Florida. On August 8, 2022, the FBI executed ...
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El Faro Journalists Sue Developer of Pegasus Spyware

Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli technology company, NSO Group, can access stored data on a target's mobile phone by a zero click exploit and activate the device's microphone and camera converting it into a listening and surveillance tool. American journalist, Roman Gressier, who broke a series of stories for media ...
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Russian-Canadian National Charged in LockBit Conspiracy

The United States Department of Justice has unsealed a criminal complaint charging a Russian-Canadian national as a co-conspirator in the LockBit ransomware campaign. The alleged LockBit conspiracy has globally emerged as one of the most active ransomware variants. The complaint filed in the United States District Court, District of New ...
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Splinternets: Human Rights and Internet Fragmentation

Cyberspace has been described as an unregulated mess where ransomware hawkers and data brokers peddle their wares alongside nation states, spy agencies, corporations, journalists and activists. Who governs who is up for grabs in the digital universe while some states are building their own internet in a fragmentation called the ...
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Personal Autonomy and the War on Cash

In a cashless society financial transactions are conducted with digital information by the use of credit and debit cards, mobile payments and digital currencies. The trend toward digital transactions has increased in the early twenty-first century with the development of electronic banking, intermediaries such as PayPal and digital wallet systems ...
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