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Daily Dashboard | Computer programmer sentenced for creating program to advance hackers Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Dec. 14, 2018

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Ruslan Bondars, a Latvian computer programmer, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for designing a program to help hackers improve malware and circumnavigate antivirus programs, The Washington Post reports. The program, Scan4You, helped hackers get past antivirus programs. While Bondars argued there are legal uses for the program, prosecutors countered it is common and legal to hold software developers liable for creating products that can be used to support nefarious activity. During the trial, a co-conspirator revealed the pair had worked with Russian law enforcement. Meanwhile, Chinese police arrested 21 suspects connected with a data breach at Cainiao Network, an Alibaba Group Holding’s logistic affiliate. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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