Hacking Today is Child’s Play? Teen Hacks CIA Chief

When asked to picture a hacker, most people envision an overweight and unkempt 20 or 30-something slumped in front of the computer in a dimly lit room for hours on end. In reality, hackers come in all different sizes, shapes and ages. In fact, an 18 year-old from Britain recently hacked the CIA chief's computer. The teen, Kane Gamble, hacked into several computers of top-level United States government officials. Read More »

The Obama-Era Uranium Investigation by the CFIUS Unfolds: What We Know Now

As some of our readers are aware, among the high-profile investigations from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a probe of an Obama-era nuclear bribery case. This article tales a look at what we currently know in terms of cold, hard facts... Read More »

Increase in TCPA Litigation: What you Need to Know

In recent years, courts have started cracking down on illegal telemarketing, leading to a noticeable increase in litigation regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). For consumers, this action comes as a welcome protection of their privacy.  For businesses, though, the increase in TCPA litigation can lead to some troubling concerns; now, even an unsolicited text message can land a business in hot water. Read More »

Expats, Foreign Investors Await Changes to the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was passed by under the Obama administration, as part of the broader HIRE Act of 2010. It requires Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to inform the IRS that U.S. account holders are banking with them, and recruits the FFIs to withhold these clients' taxes for the IRS. FATCA has met criticism as a unilateral imposition of U.S. tax collection on other sovereign nations without consideration of their own privacy laws and obligations to their customers.   Read More »

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Week of November 20th

With Even Detectives Getting Scam Calls, Expect Consumer Protection Law to Tighten

Tax, Accounting, and Finance
High-volume calling technology now allows scammers to target potential victims en masse. No one is immune. Billions of illegal robocalls are made monthly, many from "spoof" numbers that appear on caller ID as though they're coming from within the neighborhood. They might claim to be from a loan company, or the government. Canadians, too, are targets of robotext messages pretending to come from a bank, agency—even the phone company. The issue is widespread, and worldwide. Read More »

Tesla’s Employee Class Action: Could HR Have Prevented This?

HR & Benefits
Tesla has produced some amazing inventions and technology jumps. However, the company has also managed to produce itself some unhappy workers who have banded together with lawyers. The lawsuit that seems to be brewing is a cocktail of labor violation allegations. Unsafe working conditions, racism and discrimination, harassment and an environment that promoted it, and a few other tomatoes for good cause. Read More »

ABA vs. Court Nominee Grasz: Bar Association Scrutinized for “Not Qualified” Rating

Legal
A former chief deputy attorney general in Nebraska, nominated in August for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is, according to a lawyers' association, too rude and biased for the role. At a recent hearing, L. Steven Grasz received the American Bar Association's "not qualified" rating. Read More »

Week of November 13th

The Rise of Social Media Crime: How to Stay Secure

Technology
The more digital platforms we rely on, the more avenues cybercriminals have to reach us. With social media continuing to play an increasingly prominent role in people's day-to-day lives, social media cybercrime has been on the upswing as well. Read More »

Tax Trouble in Paradise, Again

Tax, Accounting, and Finance
It happened again; dubbed the "Paradise Papers," reams of tax shelter documentation have been obtained and are in the process of being publicized similar to last year's disclosure of tax shelters and their holders in the Panama Papers. Read More »

Week of November 6th

Expats, Foreign Investors Await Changes to the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

Tax, Accounting, and Finance
FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was passed by under the Obama administration, as part of the broader HIRE Act of 2010. It requires Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to inform the IRS that U.S. account holders are banking with them, and recruits the FFIs to withhold these clients' taxes for the IRS. FATCA has met criticism as a unilateral imposition of U.S. tax collection on other sovereign nations without consideration of their own privacy laws and obligations to their customers.   Read More »

The Obama-Era Uranium Investigation by the CFIUS Unfolds: What We Know Now

Legal
As some of our readers are aware, among the high-profile investigations from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a probe of an Obama-era nuclear bribery case. This article tales a look at what we currently know in terms of cold, hard facts... Read More »

Week of October 30th

Increase in TCPA Litigation: What you Need to Know

Legal
In recent years, courts have started cracking down on illegal telemarketing, leading to a noticeable increase in litigation regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). For consumers, this action comes as a welcome protection of their privacy.  For businesses, though, the increase in TCPA litigation can lead to some troubling concerns; now, even an unsolicited text message can land a business in hot water. Read More »

Hacking Today is Child’s Play? Teen Hacks CIA Chief

Technology
When asked to picture a hacker, most people envision an overweight and unkempt 20 or 30-something slumped in front of the computer in a dimly lit room for hours on end. In reality, hackers come in all different sizes, shapes and ages. In fact, an 18 year-old from Britain recently hacked the CIA chief's computer. The teen, Kane Gamble, hacked into several computers of top-level United States government officials. Read More »

Week of October 23th

Turning Players into Payers? Machine Learning in Video Games

Technology
In recent years, one of the most popular models in the gaming industry has become the "freemium" model. In this model, most features of the game are free to access while some more premium features must be paid for. This model has proven incredibly popular for game developers, however.. Read More »
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