Feds apparently reveal charges against Assange in accidental filing

Julian Assange, at center. (credit: acidpolly) Federal prosecutors have accidentally revealed that criminal charges have been filed against “Assange”—an apparent reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The feds filed the revealing document back in August, but the slip-up wasn’t noticed until it was flagged in a Thursday evening tweet. The filing was in an unrelated […]

Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete data

Enlarge / An international air traveler is cleared by a US Customs and Border Protection Officer (L) and is approved to enter the United States inside the US Customs and Immigration area at Dulles International Airport (IAD) , December 21, 2011 in Sterling, Virgina, near Washington, DC. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) An American Muslim […]

The Feds Just Hit Notorious Swatter Tyler Barriss With 46 New Charges. He Intends to Plead Guilty

Prosecutors in California have filed 46 new counts against Tyler Barriss for bomb threats, fraud, and swatting incidents nationwide. He’s angling to get the case transferred to Kansas and intends to plead guilty. https://media.wired.com/photos/5bd1f096dc9f582b9e25a8eb/master/pass/Back-Channel_Tyler-Barriss_2.jpg

Feds shut down self-driving school bus pilot in Florida

Enlarge (credit: Transdev) The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to regulating self-driving cars, but on Friday federal regulators decided that one self-driving car project had gone too far. In a sharply-worded statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has ordered the French transportation company Transdev to stop transporting schoolchildren in a […]

Feds to judge: We still think we can put GPS trackers on cars entering US

Enlarge / Aerial view of vehicles lining up to cross to the United States at San Ysidro Port of Entry as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on August 10, 2018. (credit: GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP / Getty Images) A top Homeland Security Investigations official has told a federal court that it remains the […]

Automakers, feds, even retired generals hash out fuel economy goals

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Filed under: Government/Legal,Green,Emissions,Fuel Efficiency Compromise to Trump freeze would raise standards 2 percent annually. Continue reading Automakers, feds, even retired generals hash out fuel economy goals Automakers, feds, even retired generals hash out fuel economy goals originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:30:00 EDT. Please see our […]

A Bugatti Veyron, a Gulfstream private jet, and a $330,000 diamond ring: Feds charge 3 men for alleged $364 million Ponzi scheme to fund lavish lifestyle

Federal prosecutors have charged three men in connection with an alleged $ 364 million Ponzi scheme that could have more than 400 victims nationwide.  The men were indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering. The indictment alleges that the three men took $ 73 million of investors’ funds “to purchase […]

Judge to feds: No, you can’t warrantlessly put a GPS device on truck entering US

Enlarge / The border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan, as seen in 2015. (credit: Ken Lund / Flickr) At the end of August, a federal judge in Riverside, California made a potentially landmark decision for border privacy advocates—finding that it is unconstitutional for federal agents to warrantlessly install GPS tracking devices onto a truck entering […]

The feds are looking into bank transactions a GOP operative conducted during an independent search for Hillary Clinton’s emails

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Federal investigators are looking into bank transactions conducted by a GOP operative who launched an independent effort to find Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election. At the time, Peter W. Smith made clear that he wanted to uncover messages sent through Clinton’s private email server and expose them during what was […]

Feds to Big Auto: Spill It

The U.S. Commerce Department wants automakers to whisper in its ear. And by whisper, we mean fill out a 34-page questionnaire detailing all their secrets — the nitty gritty of product planning, suppliers, and finances not already disclosed in public filings — under threat of financial penalty or imprisonment. As one would assume, this latest chapter in the […]