The TalkTalk data breach was allegedly masterminded by a 15-year-old schoolboy in County Antrim which caused a great deal of embarrassment and raised questions about TalkTalk’s encryption. Senior staff at TalkTalk believed the DDOS attack to be the work of a cyber-criminal gang or state-sponsored hack. Once the media had been told of the schoolboy’s arrest, various stories were published about his behavior and secluded lifestyle. Some outlets even published a picture of the young boy, with his face slightly covered.
Given the nature of these stories, the schoolboy believes he has a legal case against them in regards to privacy intrusion. He intends to sue three leading newspapers; The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun. Additionally, according to RTE News, the boy’s lawyers have commenced proceedings against Google and Twitter.
This is an interesting turn of events as there is a legal case when you consider the misuse of private information. However, it’s unknown if this is allowed due to the free press reporting on a serious news issue. The legal proceedings will begin next month and rest assured, we will keep you up to date with all the latest information.
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Amazon has announced that it will be making the Washington Post newspaper available for free to Kindle Fire users.
The app will be bundled with with an update and will allow users of the tablet 6 months of free unlimited access usually reserved to subscribers of the newspaper. The news isn’t particularly surprising, as Jeff Bezos, the co-founder and CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post, after acquiring it last year. Users will receive a tablet-friendly app, similar to other newspaper-based apps. Two additions of the paper will be pushed to the app at 5.00am and 5.00pm US Eastern Time.
As The Next Web points out, it appears that Amazon has made efforts to avoid the controversy Apple encountered in September when they ‘forced’ a free U2 album upon everyone – the Washington Post app can be deleted if you don’t want it.
The New York Times is said to have published a full-page ad regarding medical marijuana for Leafly, the first ever cannabis company that lets users browse, rate and review medical suppliers in your area. This comes just a month after the newspaper stated it would support the marijuana legalization cause.
In addition, the New York Times’ editorial board is said to have endorsed federal legalization of marijuana, pointing out that its moderate use has no proven evidence of being more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. Even so, the newspaper stated that people under the age of 21 should be restricted from consuming it.
New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has signed the Compassionate Care Act a month ago, making medical marijuana legal starting from the 7th of July. The state appears to be the 24th in the hierarchy of states to legalize medical marijuana in the US, including Washington and Colorado.
Leafly’s ad, which features the slogan “Just Say Know”, is said to have taken 18 months to finish. This means that the company had started working on it before New York actually legalized medical marijuana, stating that patients and the general public “need a reliable, mainstream information portal about cannabis that is free of classic stoner stereotypes”.
“We want to help New York patients learn about cannabis and make responsible and informed consumer choices about the product best suited for their medical conditions,” Leafly wrote in a blog post
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