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Cyber Beat Daily: Edward Snowden's Father Isn't Happy with Wikileaks + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day's top stories in social media and technology for 7/2: Edward Snowden's Father Isn't Happy With Wikileaks; House members push for FISA court to turn over rulings; boredom drives social media trolls; when labor unions and cable mix; state trooper accused of using database to snoop; spoofing trouble in MD; hacking suspect extradited from Paraguay; Prosecution Presents ‘Aiding the Enemy’ Evidence in Bradley Manning Trial; AT&T Hacker Weev Appeals Conviction; Ubisoft server hacked.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

"We are obviously concerned. If Julian Assange can talk to Edward directly, why can’t his dad?” said Fein, who criticized what he called the “circus” of Snowden’s efforts to find asylum abroad, which WikiLeaks has apparently been coordinating."
Snowden’s father signals frustration with WikiLeaks, issues broad defense of son


Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

"A bipartisan group of 16 members of the House of Representatives continued to pressure the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court today, urging it to turn over rulings that helped lead to the recent NSA surveillance controversy."
House members call for the release of court decisions behind NSA surveillance

Perhaps having a bad personality has a little something to do with it, too...
Boredom drives trolling and cyberbullying on Facebook, Twitter: Study

When labor unions and cable mix...
Supreme Court Denies Cablevision's Petition to Review Labor Dispute

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

A state trooper is accused of using a police database to look up acquaintances and then selling or distributing the information.
Va. Beach trooper accused of using database to snoop

Was getting up to 40 voicemails in one day from people claiming to have received a call from her number, but it remains a mystery what the spoofer was looking to gain.
'Spoofing' prank causes headache for Md. woman

"When authorities stumbled on the elusive Shadowcrew in 2004, they discovered a worldwide cybercrime ring responsible for racking up millions in unauthorized bank charges using hacked credit and bank card numbers hawked over the internet."
A decade after cybercrime ring was brought down, hacking suspect extradited from Paraguay

Law and Order.

Wikileaks Most Wanted Leaks list admitted as evidence; prosecution also presented statements from Al-Qaeda terrorists referencing leaks posted at Wikileaks.
Prosecution Presents ‘Aiding the Enemy’ Evidence in Bradley Manning Trial

Auernheimer was found guilty and sentenced to 41 months in prison in March for his role in breaching an AT&T server and obtaining 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners - he was convicted of identity theft and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  His appeal contends that he didn't violate the CFAA because the server was public.
Hacker Weev Appeals AT&T Security Breach Conviction


"Email addresses and encrypted passwords accessed in Ubisoft server exploit, says publisher, but no payment information, phone numbers, or physical address information was taken."
Ubisoft advises users change password after server hack


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