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California law targets abuse of power and sexual exploitation


Over the past several months, a loud national conversation has been taking place about sexual harassment and assault — in Hollywood, in business, the judiciary, and in the halls of Congress and state legislatures. The conduct revealed is not new and all stems from the same root cause — abuse of power.

For as long as we’ve documented history, people in power have chosen to abuse it. These abuses are perpetrated in many forms, but abusing power for sexual gratification is an age-old variety. The current national conversation, the #MeToo movement, and all of the women (and men) coming forward will change nothing without meaningful channels to report and respond to these abuses of power and sexual exploitation.

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed

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California law targets abuse of power and sexual exploitation – San …

For as long as we’ve documented history, people in power have chosen to abuse it. These abuses are perpetrated in many forms, but abusing power for sexual gratification is an age-old variety. The current national conversation, the #MeToo movement, and all of the women (and men) coming forward will change nothing without meaningful channels to report and respond to these abuses of power and sexual exploitation.


In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB500 into law. By adding just a few words to California’s extortion statute, this law will protect Californians from “sextortion” by providing a clear path to report this abuse to law enforcement and a tool for prosecutors to seek accountability from offenders. Sextortion is where the currency demanded is not money but sex or sexual images. It is, at its

Read more at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/California-law-targets-abuse-of-power-and-sexual-12472042.php

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Experts weigh in on cyber threats, security breach litigation, risk mitigation, and cyber insurance.

December 2017

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Ian Ballon

Ian Ballon defends data privacy, security breach, and TCPA class action suits. He authored the four-volume legal treatise, ‘E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d edition’ (West), and books on security breach notification laws and the CAN-SPAM Act. A Chambers-recognized lawyer, Mr. Ballon was recognized by The Daily Journal both as one of the Top 75 IP litigators in California (2009 through 2017) and as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California.

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Jonathan Blavin

Jonathan Blavin is a litigation partner with Munger, Tolles Olson. Mr. Blavin has substantial experience in Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Section 230 of the

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‘Sextortion’ — blackmail often targeting teens — will be a crime in California

SACRAMENTO — The FBI has called it the single-largest growing threat to children on the internet, but until recently sexual extortion — in which predators use sexually explicit images as blackmail and demand sex or more images instead of money — was not a standalone crime anywhere in the country.

But this week California became the fifth state to make it a felony to blackmail people with the threat of distributing explicit images of them. Only adults will be prosecuted under Sen. Connie Leyva’s Senate Bill 500, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday. Utah, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas passed similar laws this year. California’s law takes effect in January.

“We are just saying once again to women, ‘We stand with you and we will protect you,’” Leyva said in an interview Friday.

`Sextortion’ — blackmail often targeting teens — will be a crime in California

SACRAMENTO — The FBI has called it the single-largest growing threat to children on the internet, but until recently sexual extortion — in which predators use sexually explicit images as blackmail and demand sex or more images instead of money — was not a standalone crime anywhere in the country.

But this week California became the fifth state to make it a felony to blackmail people with the threat of distributing explicit images of them. Only adults will be prosecuted under Sen. Connie Leyva’s Senate Bill 500, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday. Utah, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas passed similar laws this year. California’s law takes effect in January.

“We are just saying once again to women, ‘We stand with you and we will protect you,’” Leyva said in an interview Friday.

Sexual extortion will be considered a criminal act in California

Sexual extortion will be considered a criminal act in California under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

SB 500, by Sen. Connie Levya (D-Chino), will add coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images — known as “sextortion” — to the state’s extortion laws. 

“The Governor’s signature of SB 500 tells sextortion victims that they matter and that they absolutely deserve to be able to receive justice in a court of law,” Leyva said in a statement. 

Perpetrators of sextortion obtain private images by hacking into victims’ computers or smartphones to demand sex or more images, she said. 

About 78% of sextortion victims are girls with an average age of 15, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. 

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-sexual-extortion-will-be-considered-a-1507243574-htmlstory.html

California legislates against ransomware

The US state of California has introduced anti-ransomware legislation in an attempt to crack down on cyber attackers who use malware to lock up critical data and demand a ransom for its release.

Infecting computers with malware designed for this purpose is now illegal in the state, in an attempt to make it easier to prosecute offenders for the crime, reports Ars Technica.

Ransomware was one of the fastest-growing forms of cyber criminal activity in 2016, and security industry commentators expect the trend to continue.

“In 2017, we expect to see a continued evolution in ransomware,” said Aaron Shelmire, senior threat researcher at Anomali Labs.

“The Mirai malware has already demonstrated the ease with which IoT [internet of things] compromises can be automated. It is only a matter of time before some enterprising ransomware authors decide that the hordes of non-managed, non-backed-up webcams, routers

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450410402/California-legislates-against-ransomware

California kidnap victim wrongly dubbed ‘Gone Girl’ copycat reveals …

  • Denise Huskins was wrongly accused of making up her own kidnapping 
  • The Vallejo, California police department said it was an ‘orchestrated event’
  • However Matthew Muller later pleaded guilty to the March 2015 kidnapping – he will be sentenced on January 19 and could face life in prison
  • Miss Huskins reveals still gets cruel messages from strangers accusing her of making up the whole incident 

Denise Huskins was dubbed a ‘Gone Girl’ copycat. But, she was forcibly taken from her home March 23, 2015, by kidnapper Matthew Muller.

Her boyfriend Aaron Quinn, was also at their home, said he was drugged and his eyes were covered by her kidnapper.

Quinn was told that if he went to

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4083046/Kidnapping-victim-wrongly-dubbed-Gone-Girl-copycat-cops-finally-speaks-year-later-reveal-horror-cyber-bullying-receives-daily-accused-boyfriend-dating.html

California kidnap victim wrongly dubbed ‘Gone Girl’ copycat reveals daily cyber-bullying

  • Denise Huskins was wrongly accused of making up her own kidnapping 
  • The Vallejo, California police department said it was an ‘orchestrated event’
  • However Matthew Muller later pleaded guilty to the March 2015 kidnapping – he will be sentenced on January 19 and could face life in prison
  • Miss Huskins reveals still gets cruel messages from strangers accusing her of making up the whole incident 

Kaileen Gaul For Dailymail.com