ATM heist: Thieves took over $45 million from automated teller machines in a massive heist over a seven-month period ending last month, The Washington Post reported.
The money was taken from ATMs in Manhattan and more than 20 other locations around the world, the report said. Eight men have been accused of helping to orchestrate the attack, which officials have described as a “21st-century bank heist.”
Banks, not ATM users, were the target of the thefts, but officials told The Post that this kind of attack could have implications for individual consumers down the line.
State Dept. demands 3D gun plans be taken off the Web: Defense Distributed has removed posted design plans for a 3D-printed gun that has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, after being contacted by the federal government.
As The Washington Post reported, Defense Distributed said that it had removed the guns plans from public access “until further notice” at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Controls. The State Department confirmed that it had been in communication with the company, but would not provide further details.
Data caps: Rep Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has asked the Government Accountability Office for a study on usage caps for broadband networks, saying that she has many “questions about how consumers and innovation may be impacted” after reading a report on the topic from the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. Eshoo asked specifically for information on how companies impose data caps and how price and data limits vary based on changes in the market.
Bill allowing cellphone unlocking has wider DMCA implications: The bill introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to permanently legalize cellphone unlocking could have wider implications for other communities who take issue with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The bill would make it legal for consumers to bypass digital rights management measures and unlock their phones — allowing them to switch to different carriers -- as long as they do not do so with the intent to infringe on copyrighted material.
“Legal uses of copyrighted works shouldn't become illegal through a technicality,” said Public Knowledge vice president of legal affairs Sherwin Siy. “Fixing this flaw in the law prevents manufacturers from locking consumers into particular products and service plans, as well as giving people the freedom to use their own media and devices in commonsense ways.”