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  • Spam Summit: Laws flawed from outset - but still a step in the right direction?

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:07 am

    This summer, the UK government launched its first major offensive on the problem of unsolicited email with the All Party Internet Group's first Spam Summit. However, Steve Linford from Spamhaus raised concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation believing that many hard-core spammers will be unmoved by any changes in legislation. "These people are convicted criminals, with criminal records as long as your arm and they have no intention of stopping regardless of what changes are made in the law."
  • Overview of the "Can-Spam Act"

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 8:49 am

    The "Can-Spam Act" would let federal regulators and Internet service providers sue spammers who use forged e-mail headers, who do not let recipients unsubscribe, or who send bulk messages to e-mail addresses obtained through crawling the Web. See an overview of the proposed legislation.
  • Overview of the Criminal Spam Act

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 11:24 pm

    Recently introduced, the Criminal Spam Act (CSA) would punish repeat spammers with up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $25,000 a day. See an overview of the legislation.
  • PeopleSoft expands Oracle lawsuit

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 9:07 am

    Continuing its efforts to block Oracle Corp.'s hostile takeover bid, PeopleSoft Inc. has added more allegations to its lawsuit against the database software maker, PeopleSoft announced Tuesday.
  • SCO signs up first IP Compliance licensee

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 8:06 am

    An unnamed U.S.-based Fortune 500 company has become the first major licensee of The SCO Group Inc.'s Intellectual Property Compliance License for SCO Unix, according to the Lindon, Utah, Unix vendor.
  • Microsoft ordered to pay $521M in patent dispute

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 7:54 am

    A jury in Chicago on Monday ordered Microsoft Corp. to pay $520.6 million in damages to a technology company and the University of California after finding that Microsoft's Web browser infringed on a patent.
  • Maryland orders e-voting review

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 6:33 pm

    In the wake of a recent study by Johns Hopkins University revealing serious flaws in electronic voting machines from Diebold Election Systems, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich has ordered an independent review of the machines, which were intended to be in place in most of the state's precincts by 2004. Will paper ballots prove to be more secure in the end?
  • SCO war of attrition descends to farce

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 4:49 pm

    Source Wars, Episode 7. The intellectual property battle over who really owns what lies inside the Linux source code is primed to develop into a full-scale legal orgy, as Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. filed suit in Delaware last week alleging The SCO Group Inc. is conducting an "unfair, untrue and deceptive campaign
  • Two universities win battle against RIAA subpoenas

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 9:15 am

    The U.S. recording industry received a setback in its nationwide campaign to quash music piracy on the Internet Friday when a federal judge ruled that two universities did not have to comply with subpoenas requesting that they hand over the identities of students who could be illegally sharing music online.
  • All aboard the new federal security rules' super train: Part 2

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 10:36 pm

    Outlines four sound practices for IT security.
  • Provident Bank mines check images for Gold

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 5:36 pm

    Provident is using MindReader, from Orbograph, for its check imaging project. The goal goes beyond cutting costs
  • Privacy gets a public airing

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 5:13 pm

    The legislation making its way through Congress known as the Check 21 Act has been slowed by worries about consumer privacy. Several legislators voiced concern that banks would use the information gathered during the check truncation process for data mining.
  • E-mail and IM compliance

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 4:38 pm

    LiveOffice Corp. has announced that its AdvisorMail has been integrated with its proprietary message monitoring and storage system. The new feature meets NASD guidelines for instant messaging control and record-keeping.
  • Security spotlight shines on SANs

    Posted August 8, 2003 - 7:22 pm

    Federal regulatory requirements and the proliferation of networked storage has forced new emphasis on the relative security of data on a peer-to-peer network. Keeping in mind traditional networking security and implementation you can achieve SAN security.
  • Merrill Lynch boots outside ISPs

    Posted August 8, 2003 - 7:16 pm

    The company cites special requirements resulting from current regulations of the financial services industry as the reason for the ban. Outside e-mail services from AOL, Yahoo and the like are now banned from the company.
  • Broadcom to pay out $60M in Intel lawsuit settlement

    Posted August 8, 2003 - 11:42 am

    Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp. have agreed to put their legal differences aside, but the settlement of the lawsuit filed by Intel three years ago will cost Broadcom $60 million this year, the companies announced Friday.
  • Computer voting viewed skeptically

    Posted August 7, 2003 - 1:35 pm

    A national conference of computer security specialists recently added their voices to the growing chorus questioning the security of computer voting systems. So why are so many U.S. counties plowing ahead with plans to use them in elections?
  • IBM files counter lawsuit against SCO

    Posted August 7, 2003 - 10:37 am

    IBM Corp. has fired back at The SCO Group Inc. with a lawsuit filed late Wednesday asserting that SCO is in violation of the license that governs contributions to the Linux operating system, and that SCO has infringed upon IBM patents, an IBM spokesman said Thursday.
  • IBM exec: SCO lawsuit a bump in the road

    Posted August 7, 2003 - 9:50 am

    The man who helped engineer IBM Corp.'s Linux strategy shared his thoughts on the impact of The SCO Group Inc.'s $3 billion lawsuit against his company during a keynote address at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo Wednesday.
  • Bankruptcy court approves MCI settlement with SEC

    Posted August 7, 2003 - 9:30 am

    MCI on Wednesday won approval for its settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from the court overseeing its bankruptcy case, the company said.
  • EC threatens to fine Microsoft

    Posted August 6, 2003 - 4:57 pm

    The European Commission (EC) could fine Microsoft Corp. up to 10 percent of its global annual sales for monopoly offenses, it said Wednesday.
  • NTP wins injunction against RIM

    Posted August 6, 2003 - 10:58 am

    A U.S. federal court weighing the prolonged patent infringement case between NTP Inc. and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), issued an injunction Tuesday enjoining RIM from selling its BlackBerry wireless e-mail handhelds, software and services in the U.S. and then stayed the injunction pending appeal.
  • Pacific Bell sues, senator questions RIAA

    Posted August 6, 2003 - 9:47 am

    Requests by the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) for Internet service providers to give up hundreds of names of customers allegedly downloading music files has run into backlash, with a U.S. senator questioning the practice and a second major ISP filing a lawsuit.
  • EU accuses Microsoft of "ongoing abuses"

    Posted August 6, 2003 - 9:26 am

    The European Commission (EC) said Wednesday that it is giving Microsoft Corp. a final opportunity to comment before it makes a ruling in its four-year antitrust probe of the software maker, and added that it believes Microsoft's abuses "are still ongoing."
  • SCO unveils Linux licensing scheme

    Posted August 5, 2003 - 12:47 pm

    One day after being sued by Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. for "unfair and deceptive actions" relating to its claims about intellectual property violations in the Linux source code, The SCO Group Inc. Tuesday will tell Unix users exactly what it would cost to bring their systems out of the sights of SCO's lawyers.
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