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Malware Writers Target P2P Networks with Phatbot and Polybot Variants

Some malware that packs an unusual assortment of tools for mischief and has infected thousands of computers on the Internet is being watched closely by security experts. Although the "Phatbot" or "Polybot" program currently poses a low risk to online systems, its potential for devilry prompted the U...

State Prosecutors May Be Mulling P2P Crackdown

State attorneys general meeting in Washington, D.C., this week may be weighing a move to crack down on makers of Internet file-sharing software. A document obtained by TechNewsWorld titled "Draft Attorneys General Letter to Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Software Manufacturers and Distributors (Californi...

New European Parliament Directive Targets Digital Pirates

A measure aimed at countering product piracy of all sorts -- from digital music to ladies' handbags -- has produced a sour aftermath following its approval by the European Parliament this week. Supporters as well as opponents had something critical to say about the compromise measure that appears to...

First CAN-SPAM Lawsuit Could Open Floodgates

BobVila.com has long been recognized as a magnet for homeowners starting home improvement projects, but it also may become a milestone for attorneys searching for ways to crank up their cash flow. Last Friday, the first lawsuit filed under the federal CAN-SPAM law targeted the home-improvement Web p...

Kazaa Loses Round One in Australia

An attempt to exclude evidence from a music piracy case seized in sweeping raids by the Australian recording industry has been rejected by a federal court judge. The evidence was gathered February 5th by Music Industry Privacy Investigations (MIPI), the enforcement agent of Australia's recording ind...

IETF Conference Debates Antispam Proposals

The recent rush to adopt technologies for countering e-mail abuses like spam and phishing could pose a dangerous threat to freedom on the Internet. "These proposals are extremely dangerous," Eric Johansson, a networking consultant for the TriArche Research Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told Tec...

Plan Unveiled To Quell Music Industry-P2P Hostilities

In what could be a blueprint for the future of sharing commercial music on the Internet, the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Wednesday released a white paper outlining a scheme to squelch squabbles between the music industry and online peer-to-peer networks over music file-s...

Xerox PARC Veterans Picked for Prestigious Draper Prize

In what's been called the "Academy Awards for Engineers," four distinguished figures in personal computer history will be awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize tonight at a dinner in Washington, D.C. Sharing the $500,000 prize will be Robert W. Taylor, Alan C. Kay, Butler W. Lampson and Charles P. ...

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Phishing Scams Jump 52 Percent in One Month

The amount of Internet fraud perpetrated using a practice known as "phishing" increased 52 percent from December to January, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). In January, there were 176 new, unique attack types reported to the group, compared with 116 in December, the organization...

First Vulnerability from Stolen Code Revealed

The first vulnerability stemming from the Windows source code apparently leaked last week by one of Microsoft's developers has been posted on the Internet. "It appears that it could be used to attack ordinary users, but according to the person posting it, it does not affect newer versions of Interne...

After Aussie Assault, Sharman Squeezes Back

Sharman Networks has moved to nullify a court order that allowed agents of Australia's music industry to raid the company's offices in Sydney last week in search of evidence for a copyright infringement case against the owner and distributor of Kazaa, a popular Internet file-sharing program. The act...

Activists Seek Damages from Diebold over Copyright Abuse

Diebold Systems, a $2 billion company that makes most of its money by manufacturing ATM machines but most of its headlines by producing electronic voting devices, found itself in court Monday for alleged abuse of copyright protections created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The lawsu...

Morpheus Crosses P2P Boundaries, Blubster Boosts Privacy

As the entertainment industry attempted this week to overturn a court ruling protecting the operation of file-sharing services on the Internet, peer-to-peer outfits rolled out new products that could cause more hand-wringing among movie and music execs. StreamCast Networks released a new version of ...

Landmark P2P Case Back in Court Today

Big Music and Big Movies will square off once again with Internet file-sharing services Grokster and Morpheus today in a California courtroom over what the "bigs" say is rampant copyright infringement taking place on those networks. A lower court dismissed contentions that the owners of the services...

Europe Readies Decision in Microsoft Antitrust Case

The five-year antitrust probe of Microsoft in Europe appears to be drawing to a close, and there are indications that punitive action will be recommended against the Redmond, Washington-based software colossus. Although many unnamed sources have been talking freely to the press about a draft of a de...

Microsoft Files for XML Patents

News of Microsoft's move to file XML-related patents in Europe and New Zealand is being seen in some quarters as an attempt by the Redmond, Washington-based software company to erect barriers to competitors seeking greater compatibility with the company's market-dominating office suite. "When Micros...

Cell Phones Top List of Necessary Evils

Do you hate your cell phone but can't live without it? You're not alone. Nearly one in three adult Americans told researchers in a study released Wednesday that the cell phone was the invention they hated most but couldn't live without. Thirty percent of the adults in the researchers' sample put the...

Video Game Violence Leads to Florida Law

A hornets' nest of fury over a video game that urges its players to "kill the Haitians" has prompted a South Florida city to approve -- at least initially -- a sweeping ordinance to regulate games sold or rented to minors. The law, proposed by North Miami's Joe Celestin, a Haitian-American, imposes ...

Secret Trojan Network Could Produce Superworm

An established, clandestine network of compromised computers could become the launching pad for a superworm that would have a massive impact on the Internet. The malware network was created by an unpublicized Trojan -- a malicious program that poses as a benign one -- called Sinit, which has already...

‘Replay Five’ Case Could Chill DVR Designs That Skip Commercials

Digital video recorders (DVRs) that allow consumers to skip commercials in television programs they record might be more difficult to find in the future due to the "chilling effect" of a court case ended by a federal judge last Friday. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper dismissed a lawsuit filed against 28...

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