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  • Hacker suspect tells court his PC was hijacked

    Posted October 10, 2003 - 2:20 pm

    A U.K. teenager accused of malicious hacking claims that he himself was a victim of hackers who used his compromised machines to attack others. The case illustrates the difficulties of tracking down the true identity of online villains.
  • SEC busts hacker for securities fraud, ID theft

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 1:55 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against a Pennsylvania man for computer hacking and identity theft in a scheme last July to dump worthless options for Cisco Systems Inc. stock.
  • CA execs asked to resign over accounting flap

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 9:27 am

    Three senior executives at Computer Associates International Inc., including its chief financial officer, have been asked to leave the company in an ongoing investigation over past accounting practices, CA announced Wednesday.
  • Microsoft wins patent for IM feature

    Posted October 8, 2003 - 9:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. has been awarded a patent for a feature in IM (instant messaging) that alerts a user when the person they are communicating with is inputting a message. The feature is present in IM services from both Yahoo Inc. and America Online Inc. (AOL).
  • VeriSign rebuts IAB complaints about Site Finder

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 1:16 pm

    VeriSign Inc. went on the offensive against critics of its Site Finder service Tuesday, issuing a lengthy rebuttal to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) complaints about the new service, designed to direct users who mistype an Internet domain name towards a legitimate Web site.
  • Court rejects FCC stance on cable Internet

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 9:45 am

    A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stance that cable-based Internet services are an information service rather than a telecommunication service.
  • Microsoft to make changes to IE after patent verdict

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:29 am

    Microsoft Corp. said Monday that it is making "minor changes" to its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser that will affect how Web page authors embed and automatically start certain interactive programs. The move comes after a verdict came down against the software company in a patent suit filed by Eolas Technologies Inc.
  • Supreme Court won't hear Rambus-Infineon case

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:19 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday boosted Rambus Inc.'s almost four-year battle to collect royalties from makers of memory chips that the company says use patented Rambus high-speed memory interface technology in their products.
  • VeriSign defends Site Finder service

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:06 am

    Domain registrar VeriSign Inc. defended its now-suspended Site Finder search tool Monday, saying concerns about its effect on the stability of the Internet and on the amount of spam are overblown.
  • Revealing corporate spying via e-mail

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:30 am

    Do you know when you might be engaging in illegal corporate spying? This article offers a cautionary tale, making clear that you need to know the law when corresponding electronically with a competitor's employee.
  • Economic industrial espionage

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:27 am

    Spy vs. spy is now as likely to take place on the corporate level as the governmental level. This article includes an overview of the current state of affairs, as well as some detailed information on week points in any computer system.
  • Competitive intelligence and spying can overlap

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:10 am

    The perpetrators call it 'competitive intelligence.' The victims call it spying. And with the amount of free-floating information available online, the boundaries are beginning to blur. This article gives you the big picture.
  • Spy games: International espionage is hitting the high-tech world

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:07 am

    The recent arrest of two men accused of trying to steal chip secrets from Transmeta, with the apparent intention of setting up a rival chipmaker in China, revealed a seedy underworld of mingled political and corporate spying in Silicon Valley. This article discusses the problem - and ponders solutions.
  • InstallShield accuses Wise of corporate espionage

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:03 am

    Think that corporate espionage cloak-and-dagger scenarios only happen in the movies? Well, two leading systems administration software vendors are currently engaged in an ugly court squabble over alleged spying for profit. Read on to find out what happened - and if it's just the tip of the iceberg. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • VeriSign shuts down Site Finder

    Posted October 6, 2003 - 9:44 am

    VeriSign, the directory provider for .com and .net domain names, said it would temporarily turn off its controversial Site Finder service mere hours after ICANN threatened legal action.
  • SGI compares Linux, Unix source code

    Posted October 6, 2003 - 9:14 am

    An open letter to the Linux community published by Silicon Graphics Inc. indicates that SGI has conducted a comprehensive comparison of the Linux kernel and the Unix System V source code owned by The SCO Group Inc. The letter also disputed SCO's claims that SGI inappropriately contributed its XFS (eXtensible File System) code to the Linux operating system.
  • Microsoft could face security failure liability

    Posted October 3, 2003 - 11:39 am

    Last month, Steven Adler, senior security strategist for Microsoft Corp. in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), stood up before a crowd of company executives and IT professionals and apologized for the damage and losses caused by the recent onslaught of computer viruses that have attacked his company's software. Adler's apology raises the question of just how liable the world's largest software provider is for security vulnerabilities affecting its customers.
  • Microsoft faces class action on security

    Posted October 2, 2003 - 5:40 pm

    Microsoft's security problems just moved into the legal sector. A class action suit has been proposed against the software giant in California, charging damages as a result of its products' poor security measures.
  • SCO threatens to revoke SGI's Unix license

    Posted October 2, 2003 - 9:32 am

    Silicon Graphics Inc. is the latest technology company to be dragged into The SCO Group Inc.'s dispute over the Linux operating system. In a letter released to the media Wednesday, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride claims that SGI's contributions to Linux put it in breach of its 1986 Unix licensing agreement.
  • ICANN seeks views on VeriSign's Site Finder

    Posted October 1, 2003 - 9:52 am

    VeriSign Inc.'s Site Finder has come under further scrutiny from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). A committee of the Internet governing body is investigating whether the service hurts the Internet's stability.
  • What's the big deal about spam?

    Posted September 30, 2003 - 12:16 pm

    Here's what you can do to stem the tide of spam received by your organization, and manage your email in the most efficient and compliant manner.
  • Security and Sarbanes-Oxley

    Posted September 29, 2003 - 11:00 am

    The Act requires that CEOs and CFOs attest that their companies' have proper 'internal controls' to ensure system security. What exactly does this mean, and how do you know if your own internal controls meet the criteria?
  • Juvenile arrested for creating Blaster variant

    Posted September 29, 2003 - 9:03 am

    Another person has been arrested in relation to the Blaster worm that infected computers worldwide last month. This time the individual is a juvenile, prosecutors in Seattle said Friday.
  • SCO infringed copyright, IBM alleges in new claim

    Posted September 26, 2003 - 3:52 pm

    IBM Corp. has escalated its legal counterattack on The SCO Group Inc., filing new claims on Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Utah alleging that SCO has infringed IBM's copyright.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley to affect security pros

    Posted September 26, 2003 - 7:09 am

    What does a recently passed law passed to restore the public's confidence in corporate governance have to do with IT security professionals? Plenty: the law makes top corporate officers personally responsible for accounting issues, which means that those managers will have a particular interest in the security of the machines that keep the books balanced. (Free registration required to access site.)
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