Articles by Quandary Peak Research

Department of Justice Arrests Members of FIN7 Hacking Group

The US Department of Justice announced on August 1 that it had filed charges against “three high-ranking members of a sophisticated international cybercrime group operating out of Eastern Europe,” called FIN7. Dmytro Federov, Fedir Hladyr, and Andrii Kolpakov have been charged with 26 felony counts each, including conspiracy, wire fraud, computer hacking,…

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The End of Apple and Samsung’s Patent Wars

Samsung and Apple Inc.’s seven-year legal battle over smartphone patents has finally reached a resolution. The companies agreed to an undisclosed settlement at the end of June, resolving the most prominent of several lawsuits, in which Apple alleged that Samsung had “slavishly” copied the design of Apple’s vaunted iPhone. The cases played…

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California’s Sweeping New Privacy Laws

California state legislators passed a sweeping digital privacy law at the end of June, giving consumers increased control over their online data. The legislation also gives internet users in the state greater insight into how their information is collected and spread by technology companies. The bill, which evolved from draft into law…

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Europe’s New Privacy Laws Mean Field Day for Lawyers and Activists

The European Union’s new data-protection rules are officially in effect. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the world’s most stringent set of regulations to protect internet users’ online data, and its effects are reverberating far beyond Europe. In this post we examine the details of the GDPR, the circumstances that led…

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Europe’s Regulator Extraordinaire: Margrethe Vestager

Data is currency for the biggest tech companies in the world. Apple, Facebook, Google, and other giants have predicated extremely successful business models around harvesting and leveraging data from their users. But recent scandals involving misuse of data have caught the public’s attention, leading to questions about how user information is collected…

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ICOs, Securities, and the Threat of Fraud

Cryptocurrency is having a powerful moment. Once a niche concern, digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are now known quantities even among casual investors and news readers. Skyrocketing values, the hallmark of 2017’s crypto boom, made for great headlines as pundits declared that digital currencies were here to stay. But mainstream recognition…

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Russian LinkedIn Hacker Faces Charges in the U.S.

A Russian man accused of hacking numerous American companies was extradited from the Czech Republic to the United States in March 2018. Yevgeniy Nikulin, who allegedly hacked LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring in 2012, used employee credentials for improper activity and also conspired to illegally sell the obtained data. Mr. Nikulin is facing…

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Shaping the Future of Antitrust Law: Time Warner and AT&T

The US Justice Department and AT&T’s legal battle over the intended acquisition of Time Warner entered court in late March 2018. The trial is being presided over by Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and it has drawn interest from a myriad of experts from…

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Huawei and the Fight Over 5G

Mobile phones, and the accompanying internet access they provide, have changed the nature of communication and how we transact in the global economy. The initial evolutionary waves in mobile came from the West, where Western countries owned the patents and developed the global standards of operation. Now, Chinese telecom giant Huawei wants…

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