Legal Category: Legal

Police find illegal Bitcoin farm at Ukrainian state institute

Ukraine’s National Police have arrested several suspects who were illegally producing bitcoins at a recreation center of a Ukrainian state institute, according to newly released court documents.

Police found that 200 computers had been set up in an unused swimming pool at the Paton Electric Welding Institute’s recreation center to generate bitcoins, the world’s most popular digital money.

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Yandex’s Ukrainian offices searched by security service

Two weeks after the Ukrainian authorities banned leading Russian Internet sites as part of sanctions affecting 468 Russian legal entities, Yandex announced that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) conducted searches at the company’s offices in Kiev and Odessa.

Yandex.Ukraine management and employees are accused of having gathered personal data of Ukrainian users and transmitted them to Russian security services.

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Ukrainian hacker sentenced by US court for “the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme”

Yesterday Ukrainian hacker Vadym Iermolovych, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the US court after he was charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and aggravated identity theft” last year.

In addition to the prison term, Iermolovych was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of some $3 million.

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Why Ukraine said ‘Nyet’ to Russian social networks

When Ukrainian government took the decision to ban the use of Russian internet services such as the Yandex search engine and the social network Vkontakte, it looked like another example of the country’s propensity to ape Russia’s own worst practices even while it talks about joining the European fold.

But the ban is part of a broader debate in the West about whether such platforms are media companies or impartial middlemen, writes Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg.

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Ukraine bans leading Russian Internet sites

Confirming that the relations between Ukraine and Russia are currently at their lowest, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday signed a decree applying sanctions to 468 legal entities and 1,228 individuals from Russia.

Among the targeted organizations are the two leading Russian Internet groups — Yandex and Mail.Ru Group — the services of which will be made inaccessible from Ukraine.

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Trump’s decree could affect Ukrainian IT specialists

Last week US President Donald Trump signed a decree “Buy American, employ American workers,” which strengthens the protection of certain goods produced in America and calls for a revision of the H-1B visa program.

This program promotes the work of highly qualified foreign specialists in the US in order to reform this program.

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Six years and counting: Ukraine still waiting for mobile number portability

If Ukrainian mobile phone users are tired of their tariff plans or fed up with poor service, they face a tough choice: either they stay with their current provider and suffer on, or change networks and be forced to change their number as well.

Such a dilemma doesn’t exist in the more than 70 countries where mobile number portability is available. Portability allows customers to move freely among networks, taking their number with them wherever they go.

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Ukrainian social media users get five years in prison for ‘supporting separatism’

A Ukrainian court sentenced two men to five years in prison for “supporting separatism” on the social media website VKontakte on February 6.

The men, both residents of Sloviansk, were arrested by Ukraine’s Security Services in April 2015. They were convicted by a Sloviansk city court under an article of Ukraine’s penal code, “Infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine,” which carries with it a penalty of three to five years in prison.

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Amazon Prime Video acquires rights for Ukrainian movie

Amazon Prime Video has acquired rights to Ukrainian comedy #Selfieparty produced by the Sonce (“the Sun” in Ukrainian) channel. The news was reported by Sonce on its Facebook page earlier this month.

The acquisition took place a month after US tech giant made its video offer available in Ukraine along with other 200 countries and territories around the globe.

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Ukraine sues Booking.com for operating in Crimea

The Crimea prosecution office, whose role is to apply Ukrainian law in a territory which has been under Russian control since March 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Booking.com.

The company, which is incorporated in the Netherlands, is accused of “violating Ukrainian and international law, as well as sanctions, not only by cooperating with bandit self-constituted authorities, but also by advertising and letting book accommodation in Crimean hotels which were stolen from Ukraine.”

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