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Does Spencer Elden, the ‘Nevermind’ baby suing Nirvana for alleged child pornography, have a case? Legal experts weigh in

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album, 1991. (Photo: DGC/Geffen)

Lyndsey Parker·Editor in Chief, Yahoo Music
August 25, 2021

Nirvana fans could be forgiven for thinking they were reading The Onion this week when the news broke that Spencer Elden, who as an infant was photographed naked in a swimming pool for Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album cover, is suing the band, claiming that the famous image constitutes child pornography.

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Computer Tips From UCI’s Cybersecurity Institute

UCI’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, one of the campus sites where the university’s CPRI cybersecurity institute has space and facilities Photo credit: Steve Zylius

By Kevin Costelloe
August 23, 2021

Working from home has become the norm for many firms over the past year and a half; it’s also provided a wealth of opportunities for hackers and other criminals to carry out ransomware, corporate espionage, and other forms of havoc on employees and employers who aren’t on top of their virtual security game.

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TikTok insiders say social media company is tightly controlled by Chinese parent ByteDance

ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app is displayed in the App Store on a smartphone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
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by Salvador Rodriguez

One cybersecurity expert said it could expose users to information requests by the Chinese government. “If the legal authorities in China or their parent company demands the data, users have already given them the legal right to turn it over,” said Bryan Cunningham, executive director of the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine.

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Fighting Insider Abuse After Van Buren

By Bryan CunninghamJohn GrantChris Jay Hoofnagle 
Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:53 PM

US Supreme Court, Washington DC (dog97209,; CC BY 2.0,

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Van Buren v. United States on June 3 was a significant victory for civil liberties groups, researchers, the defense bar and others troubled by the broad reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) urged by the government. Writing for the majority, Justice Amy Coney Barrett correctly, in our view, struck down the “broad” view of the CFAA in a 6-3 vote. The majority rejected the government’s expansive interpretation of the statute that would have empowered private companies, simply by the way they drafted employee policies or terms of service, to criminalize “a breathtaking amount of commonplace computer activity.” The Van Buren decision established that, going forward, to violate the CFAA, a user must access data from part of a device or network to which the user is not permitted access. This is a far steeper bar than the government’s preferred reading of the CFAA, which would have criminalized “misuse” of data—to which the user had authorized access—under policies dictated by the data owner.


CNN Newsroom With Pamela Brown: Cyber Attack Threat with Bryan Cunningham

Biden weighs direct action against Russian targets following cyberattacks
by Leandra Bernstein
Thursday, June 3rd 2021

President Joe Biden talks to employees at FEMA headquarters, Monday, May 24, 2021, in Washington. Biden will hold a summit with Vladimir Putin next month in Geneva, a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders that comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia in the first months of the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Between the massive SolarWinds hack that targeted U.S. government agencies and the debilitating ransomware attack that shut down Colonial Pipeline last month, the targeting of the global meatpacking giant JBS, marked the third major cyberattack the administration has laid at the feet of the Russian government in less than two months.


UCI advances to national cyber defense competition following “historic” regionals win

UCI News 
April 6, 2021

Having won the Western Regional Cyber Defense Competition, members of UCI’s cybersecurity club are now preparing for the national competition April 23-25. The team includes, top row, left to right: Qi Alfred Chen (advisor), Jordan Whiting (captain), Reggie Dequit; middle row, left to right: Sam Hansen, Brandon Nguyen, Jacob Bokor; bottom row, left to right: Alan Nguyen, Ryan Blanchard.

A team of undergraduate students from the cybersecurity club in UCI’s Department of Computer Science is moving on to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition following their recent first-place finish in the Western Regionals against several formidable opponents. Only the winners out of the nine regionals across the nation can directly advance to the national competition.


UCI Cybersecurity Group To Help Counter Threats

CPRI preparing an expanded cyber test range, conference facility in UCI’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building

By Kevin Costelloe
January 18, 2021

With cybersecurity taking on even greater prominence, the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine will be undertaking several initiatives to analyze and help counter increasingly dangerous computer threats.

“The UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute will continue our research and scholarship efforts in 2021 to meet the many cybersecurity-related challenges facing Orange County, the United States, and the world,” said CPRI Executive Director Bryan Cunningham.

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