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Monday, May 30, 2005
  No consensus on key definition for software patents in UK
While software that makes a "technical contribution" may be patentable, it seems that nobody can agree on what that means. Of 200 definitions put to the UK Patent Office, not one of them eliminated ambiguity and closely matched the status quo.

Fraud Bill tidies English law and targets phishing
English fraud laws are to be updated to simplify the existing patchwork of statutory fraud offences and to take account of new methods of committing fraud, such as phishing, in terms of a new Fraud Bill published by the Government yesterday.

China in drive to register all Internet sites
Chinese-run websites have until the end of May to register their sites or face being shut down as part of a new government campaign to police the Internet, a leading portal announced on Saturday.

Friday, May 27, 2005
  T-shirt company has the last laugh
T-shirt maker Laugh It Off has won its fight against South African Breweries over its right to mock the Carling Black Label brand

Thursday, May 26, 2005
  Scientist Blames Web Security Issues on Repeated Mistakes
Clearly, the Internet is heading for a catastrophic failure. However, that doesn't have to happen, Zatko believes. To prevent an Internet catastrophe, people have to wise up and fix what is wrong with it, he maintains. "Hackers don't really want the Internet to fail. It's their livelihood," Zatko said. He does see signs that industry is realizing this.

Is Your Boss Monitoring Your BlackBerry?
Common belief has mistakenly held that messages sent from one BlackBerry to another using PIN numbers, rather than using normal e-mail addresses, will bypass a company's computers, thus making these communications completely private since the messages are being sent directly from one device to another.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
  Canadian court deals setback to record labels
A Canadian appeals court has rebuffed an attempt by the recording industry to unmask 29 people accused of unlawfully sharing thousands of music files.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
  Now hackers can hold your files hostage...
Computer users already anxious about viruses and identity theft have a new reason to worry: hackers have found a way to lock up the electronic documents on your computer and then demand $200 (about R1 200) over the Internet to get them back.

New online search engine for SA
With the launch of the new search engine,, South African internet users will be able to get faster, more accurate and more relevant results as the engine only indexes South African sites, the Funnel team announced last week.

Bank security breach may be biggest yet
Bank of America Corp. and Wachovia Corp. are among the big banks notifying more than 670,000 customers that account information was stolen in what may the biggest security breach to hit the banking industry.

High Court blocks web porn sales
Adult-only porn videos and DVDs cannot be sold in the UK by mail order, the web or phone, the High Court has ruled.

MCI The Latest to Lose Employee Data
According to reports out today, MCI may have lost 16,500 names and Social Security numbers belonging to current and former employees. The data loss, according to a Wall Street Journal report, occurred when an employee's laptop containing the data was stolen from inside a vehicle parked in a garage. MCI did not elaborate in the report on whether or not the data was encrypted, though a spokesperson told the paper that the laptop was password-protected.

Monday, May 23, 2005
  Software not asset managers' priority
South African asset management firms are not giving enough thought to software development and local graduates do not exhibit the required software discipline, says Tim Gebbie, head of quantitative equity research at Futuregrowth.

Toasted open source
The Shuttleworth Foundation has distributed Freedom Toasters around SA so that anyone can copy open source software. “Freedom Toasters are open source distribution points that allow anyone to come and burn, or toast, software to a CD legally and for free,” says Shuttleworth Foundation project manager Jason Hudson.

In-car DVD is legal
A car with a built-in DVD system can't be impounded, say KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) traffic authorities. However, the system should be installed in the driver's seat headrest, for safety reasons. This follows a recent article in a Durban newspaper, stating that motorists face a risk of having their cars impounded if they have in-car DVD systems.

Jury awards creator of prepaid cell phone technology $128 million
A jury on Friday ordered a prepaid cellular phone service company and four wireless carriers to pay $128 million in damages to a firm that patented technology and systems to provide prepaid service.

Alleged phishing runner detained
A man is being questioned by the Scorpions in connection with last week's e-mail fraud attack against several local banks. This comes after members of a Russian phishing syndicate targeted Standard Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank clients. The phishers sent out an e-mail calling on bank clients to update their details.

The cyber mafia is at your fingertips...
It was a week of cyber-chaos in South Africa as computer users were hit by a debilitating spam-generating virus, and then some of the major banks fell prey to an information-poaching scam.

Friday, May 20, 2005
  Opportunity lost with Convergence Bill
The latest draft of the Convergence Bill ignores public submissions to the first draft and is a lost opportunity in terms of promoting the country's culture, says a UCT law professor. Julien Hofman made these comments to ITWeb in a discussion at the University of Cape Town about the proposed Convergence Bill, for which public hearings are due to start on 24 May.

Actor Freeman warns film industry of piracy threat
With high-speed Internet connections on the upswing, piracy could hit the movie industry as hard as it did the music business, Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman warned. Freeman is telling movie makers that they must wise up quickly to stay ahead of illegal downloaders and file sharers who are using new software and high-speed broadband connections.

Is your boss monitoring your e-mail?
If you're working for a U.S. company, there's a good chance you're being watched--and you may get fired for how you use your computer or office phone. That's the gist of a study on electronic monitoring and surveillance released Wednesday by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute.

’SA lacks capacity to protect copyright’
SA had the laws and enforcement systems in place to protect intellectual property, but faced capacity constraints, trade and industry department director MacDonald Netshitenzhe said yesterday.

Russians go phishing in SA
Standard Bank has shut down a site that tried to phish for its clients' banking details. However, security experts warn that South Africans haven't seen the last of the Eastern European phishers.

Legal Perspectives : Copyright explained for the South African music industry
Lawyers are often under-rated as entertainers and I for one would like to take this opportunity to afford the necessary appreciation to my species. When it comes to elaborate stagings of doomsday scenarios, we're there. We arrive early and bring our own props: copies of a multitude of laws, regulations, articles, opinions, case citations and the ever important schedule of fees. We are always in character, suits, ties and very concerned expressions.

Ignorance is ‘biggest security threat'
An annual study by the Computing Technology Association (CompTIA) has revealed that although IT security breaches due to human error remain high at 80%, organisations are doing little to educate staff to prevent future occurrences.

Patents ‘hold us back'
Mass-produced software means more money leaves the country, and costs are still prohibitively high in some areas.

Star Wars thieves 'will pay'
Hollywood's chief lobbyist warned on Thursday that pirates peddling bootlegged copies of the just-released Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will be tracked down and caught.

FTC wants to tweak CAN-SPAM Act
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is consulting on proposed changes to the CAN-SPAM Act. These clarify the steps by which a recipient can opt-out of receiving spam, and reduce the time limit for honouring an opt-out request

Employers fail to manage instant messaging, says survey
One in five people now use instant messaging (IM) at work, but 62% of companies are totally unprotected from the threats arising from misuse of the communications tool, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by solutions provider Akonix Systems.

Premier League threatens to sue internet pirates
The FA Premier League is threatening to take internet pirates to court over an emerging scheme to stream live football games over the internet, in breach of the League’s copyright in the footage, according to the BBC.

Committee to consider 256 changes to Patents Directive
The European Parliament’s influential legal affairs committee (JURI) is to consider a total of 256 proposed amendments to the draft Directive on computer-implemented inventions when it meets to discuss the draft on Monday.

Feds botch wireless security, says report
Federal agencies in the US are leaving their wireless networks open to attack by not implementing key security measures, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
  Study examines motives for office sabotage
Corporate insiders who sabotage computers so sensitive they risk endangering national security or the economy commonly are motivated by revenge against their bosses, according to a government study released Monday.

Messaging spreads office gossip
One in five people in the UK are using instant messaging at work but the majority of firms are failing to regulate its use. In an online survey commissioned by security firm Akonix, a quarter of users admitted they see IM as the perfect vehicle for office gossip.

SA could lead open source explosion
Software billionaire and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says SA is well placed to lead the open source software explosion. Delivering the keynote address at SA's first annual LinuxWorld conference in Sandton this morning, Shuttleworth said: “There is an opportunity for SA to lead the open source explosion, as we are a combination of first and third world, with various cultures, so we can understand and reach various markets.”

North Carolina banks notifying customers of security breach
Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. are notifying thousands of customers that their accounts may have been breached in a theft of financial records from four banks.

U.S., China Clash Again Over Tech
Beijing's proposed government procurement policies are threatening U.S. software sales in China, and Congress wants something done about it. Just exactly what, however, remains to be seen. Although China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, it is not a member of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement. In order to gain access to the worldwide government sales market, Beijing passed a government procurement law and began drafting regulations.

German spam invades SA
South African inboxes have been flooded by massive amounts of German e-mail, believed to be the result of a Sober variant outbreak. The variant is unlikely to cause any harm to a user's PC, but is causing headaches by consuming high levels of bandwidth, says Symantec Africa regional manager Patrick Evans.

Open-Source Software: Microsoft's Biggest Threat
In the case of this challenge by open-source software, Microsoft must adapt so that it can more boldly confront the open-source phenomenon and continue to flourish as the world's pre-eminent creator of computer software.

The cost of killing e-mail
Failure to retain valuable electronic information such as e-mail could result in court proceedings or heavy fines, warn industry experts. Addressing an e-mail management seminar at Microsoft's Bryanston offices yesterday, the experts focused on issues such as e-mail retention, legal obligations in the e-mail environment, as well as e-mail challenges and solutions.

Buys Inc attorney, Helaine Leggat, said there are three major reasons a company should retain e-mails: legal compliance, case use for evidence and operational requirements.

BCS calls for better IT professionalism
The British Computer Society (BCS) yesterday launched a new initiative that seeks to put the IT profession on a par with governed or regulated professions. As the industry body for IT professionals, the BCS wants to see a better standard of product and service in IT.

Cisco code theft trail leads to Sweden
Investigators looking into the theft and internet release of source code from internet networking giant Cisco have followed the trail back to a teenager in Sweden, according to reports.

Bank fined for confidentiality breach
The Financial Ombudsman Service has awarded a woman £3,000 in compensation after a bank’s clerical error led to the woman’s whereabouts being discovered by her violent former partner, who subsequently assaulted her.

On-line cannabis dealers sent to prison
Three men were sentenced to prison on Friday after pleading guilty to involvement in an internet drug dealing operation, smashed by Hertfordshire Constabulary and Sussex Police with help from the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU).

Survey: 43 percent of adults get 'phished'
Rebecca Tennille considered herself a savvy consumer, but when she got an e-mail that looked like it was from her bank, she followed its instructions to go to a Web site to verify some personal information.

Hacker infiltrated government computers
The FBI confirmed Tuesday the accuracy of a New York Times report that software on routers, computers that control the Internet, were compromised last year by a hacker who claimed that he had infiltrated systems serving U.S. military installations, research laboratories, and NASA.

Actor Morgan Freeman wins cybersquatting case
American actor Morgan Freeman, winner of this year's best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in "Million Dollar Baby," won a cybersquatting case in a ruling by an international arbitrator on Tuesday. Freeman was found to have common law rights to the contested Internet domain name, which had been registered by a Saint Kitts and Nevis-based web site operator.

Apple Make Amends with Eminem
A lawyer for the rapper confirmed Tuesday that he had reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the iPod purveying-company for illicitly using his lyrics to hawk the iTunes Music Store. MTV, which broadcast the commercial, and its parent company, Viacom, were also named in the lawsuit and were party to the settlement.

Senate Debating Data Privacy Changes
Unless Congress takes quick action against identity theft, Americans will soon find all their personally identifiable information up for sale or in the hands of ID thieves.
That's the sentiment of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). He and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) want data brokers such as ChoicePoint and LexisNexis to be regulated in the same manner as credit bureaus.

Boy band's attempt to trademark their name goes West
THE Irish boy band Westlife yesterday lost a European court battle to register their name as an EU trademark. Judges ruled that "Westlife" was too similar to the word "West", which has been trademarked by a German tobacco firm - and they said the fact that Germans say "vest" and not "west" would not lessen the possible confusion.

Boy band's attempt to trademark their name goes West
THE Irish boy band Westlife yesterday lost a European court battle to register their name as an EU trademark. Judges ruled that "Westlife" was too similar to the word "West", which has been trademarked by a German tobacco firm - and they said the fact that Germans say "vest" and not "west" would not lessen the possible confusion.

E-tailer predicts revenue jump
E-tail group Jump Shopping expects its revenue to soar by about 300% by the end of this year, boosted by several new partnerships that it has entered into – the first such partnerships the company has formed with established brands. The expansion adds between 200 and 300 products to Jump's retail range, and owner Jaco Roux is confident the group is set to reach its product-offering target of one million by the end of 2005.

Online readership surges 25%
Readership of the South African online publishing industry increased by 25% to a monthly combined local and overseas total of 4.38 million readers/unique browsers and 111.6 million page impressions, says the Online Publishers' Association (OPA).

Cars safe from computer viruses
A security firm has proved that today's cars cannot catch computer viruses.
After exhaustive testing Finnish security firm F-Secure has failed to make a virus leap from a mobile phone handset to a car's onboard communications system.

Watchdog targeting workplace porn
The UK's child porn watchdog has launched a campaign targeting people who download illegal images at work. Recent legislation makes it easier for technology managers to report incidents such as staff downloading child porn.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
  High Court Favors Online Wine Sales
In a decision loaded with implications for e-commerce, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that states cannot prohibit their citizens from buying wine from out-of-state vintners.

Thursday, May 12, 2005
  EU Clarifies "Fourth Way" for Foreign Data Transfers
Global companies trying to cope with Europe's data protection laws have traditionally had three options if they wanted to move personal information out of Europe. They could get the consent of everyone whose data would be moved. They could execute a web of agreements among the receiving and sending companies, essentially guaranteeing that European protections would follow European data. Or they could move the data only to the handful of countries whose data protection laws had been approved by European authorities.

Fighting the Patriot Act With Protectionism
As Congress gears up for the debate over renewing certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act), bitter privacy attacks on the Act are hitting an unusual target – US outsourcers. American businesses are increasingly at risk as other countries buy into the anti-Patriot Act sentiment expressed by US civil liberties interests.

Phishing attacks take a new twist
Phishers are increasingly using new methods to nab sensitive information from Internet users, according to data from Websense Security Labs.

High Court Refuses Digital Copyright Appeal
Michael Jay Rossi's legal challenge to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, rejected his appeal of the 2001 "wrongful shutdown" of his site by Hollywood.

Research: Spyware industry worth billions
Despite reductions in the number of computers infected by spyware applications, the troublesome software has created a billion-dollar industry that continues to plague both consumers and businesses, researchers said on Tuesday.

Australian state to stop employer e-mail spying
Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, moved on Wednesday to outlaw employers from snooping on workers' private e-mails as part of anti-spying legislation aimed at stopping bosses from covertly observing employees.

One in 20 'fall for online fraud'
One in 20 UK internet users say they have lost money through online scams, research into spam emails suggests. Almost half say they have received so-called phishing emails aimed at tricking them into revealing details like online banking passwords.

Japan beefs up cyber defence
Tokyo - In the face of a recent upsurge in cyber attacks believed linked to anti-Japanese sentiment in Asia, Japan's government has bolstered its defence of the country's computer systems, boosting staff and creating a new agency to coordinate efforts.

Mandela 'signed away copyright'
Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela probably unknowingly signed away his name, the copyright to all his work and his moral claims to ownership to Ismail Ayob, his legal representative of long standing.

Apple settles Eminem copyright dispute
Apple Computer, its MTV subsidiary Viacom, and an advertising agency have settled a copyright dispute with rap star Eminem’s publisher, Eight Mile Style, over the allegedly unauthorised use of an Eminem song in an Apple advert, according to reports.

IWF warns of child porn in the workplace
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has launched a campaign to highlight the problem of employees downloading and distributing indecent images of children in the workplace, fearing that employers do not know how to deal with the issue.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
  An open line to your phone bill
It's not just Big Brother who has your number. Until the Cape Argus stepped in, Telkom's automated account inquiries help line gave everyone access to everybody else's account balance - and their payment history, good or bad.

Trade mark non-use revocation procedures: new practice note
The UK Patent Office has published a revised practice note on proceedings to revoke a trade mark on the grounds of non use - covering technical, administrative and practical changes in the procedures.

Telewest e-mail addresses blacklisted
Anti-spam group the Spam Prevention Early Warning System (SPEWS) has blacklisted almost one million e-mail addresses belonging to Telewest, limiting its broadband customers' ability to send e-mail, according to reports.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
  Spyware scumbags make $2bn a year
Spyware invasive programs that generate pop-ups, hijack home pages, redirect searches and poison DNS files generates an estimated $2bn in revenue a year1, according to a study by anti-spyware firm Webroot. It estimates the surreptitious spyware and adware market "may be approaching 25 per cent" of the already-established market of online advertising.

Copy protection in digital TV: court says FCC went too far
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overstepped its authority when it imposed rules requiring future digital television tuners to include copyright protection mechanisms, a US Court of Appeals ruled on Friday.

Prison for DrinkorDie software pirates in the UK
Three British men accused of being part of an international piracy ring known as were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday for terms ranging between 18 months and two-and-a-half years.

Monday, May 09, 2005
  Japanese Data Privacy Law Now In Effect
Visitors to Akihabara, Japan's electronics district, know that the Japanese consumer electronics industry is a few years ahead of the US and Europe, offering local consumers the latest wireless phones, laptops, and gaming consoles before their western counterparts. And when it comes to comprehensive data privacy and security legislation, Japan has also beaten the US to the punch. Under a law that went into effect April 1, companies with offices in Japan and that handle the personal information of at least 5,000 individuals (including employees) must follow guidelines implementing the Personal Information Protection Act. The Act establishes privacy protections for the collection, handling, use, and disclosure of personal information, including taking measures to secure data from unauthorized disclosure or abuse.

Data Protectionism Comes to the US Congress
On April 14, Sen. Clinton and Rep. Markey introduced companion bills that, if enacted, would require American companies to notify customers when they send customers’ personal information to foreign affiliates or subcontractors. The Safeguarding Americans From Exporting Identification Data Act (SAFE ID Act) -- introduced concurrently as S. 810 and H.R. 1653, although the two bills are slightly different -- requires "business enterprises" to provide consumers with an opportunity to "opt out" of having their data sent outside the US for processing, and it gives consumers a private right of action to recover damages that result from any misuse of their information if it is transferred to another country in violation of the provisions of the Act. Sen. Clinton's S. 810 is a broadly written bill -- more so than Rep. Markey's H.R. 1653, but both manifestations of the SAFE ID Act would be more burdensome on companies than even the EU's strict data transfer laws.

Workplace: S exual harassment finding goes before SCA
The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear argument today in a s exual harassment case that could compel employers to rethink labour policies, procedures and practices in the workplace, says a report in The Mercury. It says Media24 and Gasant Samuels are to appeal against a s exual harassment judgment delivered in the Cape High Court on March 19 last year in favour of former production secretary Sonja Grobler. She sued Media24 and Samuels in the Cape High Court for compensation for various traumas suffered as a result of s exual harassment by Samuels. She contended that Samuels frequently and persistently tried to engage in a conversation of an intimate nature, made intimate suggestions to her and made comments with s exual overtones. Grobler argued that Media24 breached its duty in that its management wrongfully and negligently failed to prevent Samuels s exually harassing her. The trial court found that Samuels had s exually harassed Grobler and, because of this, she had suffered and developed emotional problems. The court also ruled that Media24, as Samuel’s employer, was indirectly responsible for Samuel’s behaviour.The Mercury report not available online

Friday, May 06, 2005
  Vulnerable web servers top the internet security risks
The SANS Institute has published a list of the top 20 internet securities vulnerabilities found in the first quarter of this year, warning that if these are not corrected, computer owners face an increased risk of handing control of their computers to hackers.

On-line cannabis dealers sent to prison
Three men were sentenced to prison on Friday after pleading guilty to involvement in an internet drug dealing operation, smashed by Hertfordshire Constabulary and Sussex Police with help from the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU).

EBay conman jailed for a year
A teenage internet conman was jailed on Wednesday after he admitted snatching £45,000 from would-be eBay purchasers by deception. Eighteen-year-old Phillip Shortman was sentenced to 12 months in a youth detention centre.

Internet piracy trio sent to jail
Three men who pirated computer software have received jail terms of between 18 months and two-and-a-half years.

Spam is no laughing matter, Sophos reports on apologetic joke trend
Experts at SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centres, are unsure whether to laugh or cry at a recent development in the spammers' arsenal: apologetic humour.

EMI signs up for 'authorised' online music sharing
The world's third-largest music company, EMI Group, has signed a deal with Snocap, a technology firm that is working to create a legal peer-to-peer music-sharing network.

US reveals intellectual property blacklist
The US has published a blacklist of those of its trading partners that are most ineffective when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs). The “Special 301” report from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) fingers the Ukraine as the worst offender.

Union complains about e-mail monitoring
The UK’s largest union, Amicus, has complained to the data protection watchdog over alleged incidents of unauthorised monitoring and interception of employees’ e-mails at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

Overseas trade mark protection: WIPO's Treaty update
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has made significant headway in its attempt to update an international Treaty that streamlines the administrative procedures for national and regional trade mark applications.

Thursday, May 05, 2005
  Security Experts Issue Update Of SANS Top 20 Most Critical Internet Vulnerabilities List
More than 600 new Internet security vulnerabilities were discovered during the first quarter of 2005, according to the SANS Institute and a team of experts from industry and government. This group has identified the most critical vulnerabilities disclosed in Q1 that pose critical risks that need to be addressed through patching and other defensive actions

Intellectual property: Law not dealing with counterfeit goods effectively
The Recording Industry of SA is concerned that counterfeiting and piracy have grown at an alarming rate, but is not receiving the desired attention from law enforcement agencies, according to a report in The Mercury. The industry’s general manager David du Plessis said this area of crime was ‘neglected and often considered frivolous since it affected entertainment products mostly. The reality is that piracy has a negative effect on medical products, aircraft and vehicle spare parts, clothing, music, CDs and computer software, all resulting in losses to these companies and a knock-on effect on our economy’.The Mercury report not available online

Wednesday, May 04, 2005
  Australian State Bans E-mail Snooping
NSW will be the first Australian state to outlawunauthorized spying of employees using technologiesincluding video cameras, e-mail, and tracking devices. Underthe Workplace Surveillance Bill 2005, employers that readworkers' private emails may soon risk criminal charges.

IP theft explodes
There were 279 known incidents of intellectual property (IP) theft worth R2.4 billion worldwide in the first quarter of 2005 – most of which involved entertainment and software – and the piracy rate is increasing. This is according to a report by Canada-based Gieschen Consultancy aimed at identifying the scope and depth of counterfeiting and piracy activity, which is based on global counterfeit enforcement activity as reported through the Document, Product and Intellectual Property Security Counterfeit Intelligence Report.

Microsoft Wants Everybody Talking

Piracy legislation under the spotlight
The Intellectual Property Action Group's educational programme to facilitate a better legal understanding of piracy laws will focus on national prosecutors in Cape Town and surrounding districts today.

New Sober virus floods mailboxes
A new variant of the Sober worm is mass-mailing itself across the world and has raced to the top of most virus charts.

New virus spread via World Cup ticket promise
Paris - Internet security firms on Tuesday issued a high-level alert to computer users about the spread of the "Worms-Sober.S" virus, which makes recipients believe they have won tickets to the 2006 football World Cup.

Diamonds are not only a girl's best friend
Sydney - Australian scientists believe they have developed an unbreakable information code to stop hackers, using a diamond, a kitchen microwave oven and an optical fibre.

Aussie Big Brother gets shuts down
Sydney - Employers in an Australian state will be banned from spying on their workers' emails under a new law to be introduced to the New South Wales parliament on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
  High Court Refuses Digital Copyright Appeal
Michael Jay Rossi's legal challenge to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, rejected his appeal of the 2001 "wrongful shutdown" of his site by Hollywood.

The Limits of IT Security
Continued reliance on network security alone will result in a false sense of security and a guarantee of successful attacks on your enterprise, writes CIO Update columnists Herbert Thompson and Jason Taylor of Security Innovation.

Gates demos 'more secure' Windows
Microsoft boss Bill Gates has demonstrated key features of the next Windows operating system, code-named Longhorn, at a developers' conference. The revamp is promised to be the biggest update to the operating system since Windows 95 launched in 1995.

Court asked to accept 'encrypted fax'
The prosecution in the Schabir Shaik fraud and corruption trial on Thursday called on the Durban High Court to accept the so-called encrypted fax as a credible source of evidence.The request was based on probabilities and contradictions in the defence's case and Shaik's lack of credibility as a witness.

Main Web Site Hackers Are Schoolboys, Watchdog Says
Attacks on company and government Internet sites spike during school holidays when the main culprits -- schoolboys -- spend time in front of their computers rather than in the classroom.

Thumbs up for Windows N
The European Commission and Microsoft have agreed on the name for a stripped-down version of its Windows software without the Media Player audio and video software, the US software giant said on Monday.

E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot'
Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.

Calif. Lawmakers Vote to Ban Internet-Based Hunting
California state senators approved a bill on Thursday that would ban hunters from killing animals over the Internet. Hunters may now stalk prey online at, a Web site linking firearms and cameras so customers can point, click and shoot antelope, sheep and wild hogs on a Texas ranch from thousands of miles away.

Dismissed for sending e-mail
Cape Town - Just about every person who has access to e-mail has received a joke of a racist or sexual nature. Employees tend to distribute these with gay abandon, within and outside the workplace, without pausing to consider how the recipient might feel about the matter.

Time Warner employee data missing
Time Warner Inc. said Monday that data on 600,000 current and former employees stored on computer backup tapes was lost by an outside storage company and that the Secret Service is now investigating.







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