Law360 Guest Article: Kim Dotcom May Be Shooting Himself In The Foot


Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom recently claimed via Twitter that he is the inventor and patent-holder of a two-step authentication method employed by social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Two-step authentication is a security system that enables websites to prevent unwanted access to their users’ accounts. These systems detect a user’s attempts to log in from an unrecognized source and, in response, supply the user, through a secure source, with an authorization code that may be used to verify the user’s identity.

In an apparently novel move that appears to be more out of desperation than hostility or greed, Dotcom threatened to sue these major social media companies, along with dozens of other supposedly infringing companies, if they do not agree to help alleviate his mounting legal fees resulting from his impending criminal case on unrelated grounds.

Excerpted from Law360, July 3, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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