Extortionists reportedly got several million euros out of Nokia around 2007-2008, according to a report from Finnish TV station MTV. Reuters has also got confirmation from Finnish police that a blackmail investigation is ongoing. It seems the criminals had acquired encryption code for parts of Nokia’s Symbian operating system, which was the global smartphone market leader at the time. They were threatening to release this code, potentially allowing others to insert malware into Symbian phones. Nokia reportedly left money in a parking lot, and the criminals made away with it while also evading police capture.
The government and the media are taking an increasingly dim view of patent trolls. The biggest of the trolls is responding with new lobbying efforts.
The operator of revenge porn site UGotPosted, who also operated a second “change your reputation” site, was arrested and charged by California officials.
Neither public shaming nor calls for reform from the highest level of government has dissuaded Intellectual Ventures from its massive patent lawsuit campaign against businesses large and small.
Yelp was yesterday slammed with a prospective class action lawsuit over unfair business practices. To that I say, it’s about time! There have been rumblings and bitchings and stories for years about Yelp salespeople pressuring local businesses to pay to remove negative user reviews.