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Thursday, December 21, 2006
  Banks warn of reverse PIN email 'hoax'
Keying in your personal identification number (PIN) backwards at an ATM will not summon the police.

FSA blames phishing for growth of online banking fraud
Online banking fraud has jumped by 8,000% in the past two years, according to UK regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA told a House of Lords committee that it was "very concerned" about the problem.

Entertainment Industry Debating YouTube's Copyright Issues
Now that Internet giant Google has purchased YouTube, experts expect that the rampant disregard of copyright law shown by early YouTube users, at least, is likely to get resolved -- but they caution that each successive new technology can put early users, in particular, on nebulous legal ground, especially if financial profit is involved. Still, those who watch videos at YouTube -- whether or not such content is copyrighted -- are unlikely to be pursued with the same fervor with which the music industry prosecuted those who downloaded music free of charge via the file-sharing website Napster, experts say.

Web of Confusion Over Regulation of Lawyers' Sites May Involve Fla. Supreme Court
To Google or not to Google is the dilemma plaguing The Florida Bar in its protracted debate over how to regulate law firm Internet sites.

Boeing employee fired after laptop stolen
Boeing announced last week it fired an employee who it said violated company policy by downloading sensitive information onto a laptop without using encryption technology. Boeing took the action after learning the laptop, which contained personal information about 382,000 Boeing employees and retirees, had been stolen from a car. The theft of the laptop put those whose information was on the machine at risk for identity theft.

Jailed ID thieves thwart cops with crypto
One of the accused ringleaders of the gang, Anton Dolgov--also known as Gelonkin--was sentenced to six years at London's Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday for his part in the theft of millions of dollars from victims in countries including the U.K. and the U.S.

Malware: Quality drops but quantity rises
They just don't make malware like they used to. Or at least like they did earlier this year. Even low-quality malware, however, is taxing the resources of security companies, since it is being detected in ever-higher numbers.

Cybercrooks hold PC data captive
In the latest online scam, cybercrooks are breaking into the PCs of small businesses and individuals, locking up data and demanding money in return for freeing it.

Universities vulnerable to ID thieves
Universities have become attractive targets for hackers who are taking advantage of the openness of the schools' networks, their decentralized security and the personal information they keep on millions of young adults.

Australian court rules against MP3 link site
The issue before a three-judge panel at the Federal Court of Australia was whether Stephen Cooper, a retired policeman who ran the now-defunct site, was legally allowed to post links to mostly copyright MP3 files hosted on other servers. Cooper does not appear to have hosted any copyright music on

Skaap offers free calls to the UK - SA first
The cheap Telkom alternative for overseas calling has once again thrown down the gauntlet by announcing free calls to the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and USA landlines for the period 23 December 2006 to 2 January 2007.

Court to hear broadcast indecency case
A federal appeals court in New York will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the government's decisions on what constitutes indecent speech violates the First Amendment rights of broadcasters.

KWV's heels still dug in on EU trademark deal
KWV had told the department of trade and industry from the outset that it would not negotiate away any of its existing trademarks to the EU, Willem Barnard, the chief executive of the wine and brandy producer, said last week.

The 2007 telecoms pack of cards
2007 will be a year of wildcards in the telecommunications sector, meaning those who think laterally will position themselves well for a profitable future.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
  Telkom denies blocking MyADSL
Recent posts received on the MyADSL forum suggested that Telkom started blocking the website to its employees. Telkom denies these allegations.

Forum coordinates govt ICT initiatives
Government has set up a structure that will be responsible for the implementation of national ICT policy and legislation in provinces, and align all its ICT activities across its departments and at national, provincial and local levels.

Consequences of sloppy digital records storage
Many companies make backups of their electronic information and store operational data in electronic archives. However, many don't do this correctly or thoroughly and they are unaware of the resultant legal ramifications.

Online gambling closer to legalisation
Cabinet's approval last week of the Draft Gambling Amendment Bill brings legal online and cellphone gambling one step closer.

Warning on bogus spyware alerts
BOGUS anti-spyware makers are a growing source of public concern in IT powerhouse South Korea, a online security firm has said.

RIM sues Samsung over BlackJack name
Research In Motion is suing Samsung, claiming that the name of the company's new BlackJack smart phone is too similar to that of RIM's own BlackBerry devices.

StorageTek sued for copyright infringement
Sun and its StorageTek unit are being sued for copyright infringement and fraud by Californian company Netbula.

Solicitor sued over alleged illicit software
Two companies are being sued for allegedly using scores of unlicensed copies of software, predominantly Microsoft Office.

MySpace to block sex offenders
San Francisco - MySpace teamed with a background verification technology company to block convicted sex offenders from the popular teen-oriented website.

Former NIA chief granted R10 000 bail
The former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Billy Lesedi Masetlha, was on Monday granted bail of R10 000 after he surrendered himself to police.

Layman's legalese sends online libel case to court
Every element of a process designed to avoid expensive defamation trials must be followed otherwise it cannot take effect, the High Court has ruled. The ruling may result in a case of internet message board libel going to court.

Sites with message boards face strict US regulation
Social networking sites and message boards face the same regulatory burden as internet service providers (ISPs) in a new bill proposed by ex-US presidential candidate John McCain. McCain wants sites to report all child pornography to authorities.

Privacy rules extended to WAP messages
Senders of WAP messages to mobile phones can be prosecuted under anti-spam regulations, the Information Commissioner's Office has ruled. The ICO has extended rules to include the increasingly popular medium.

Piratebay takes on Allofmp3-blocking ISP
A world famous Swedish file sharing links site has begun a campaign against a major Swedish internet service provider (ISP) after it blocked access to controversial Russian site

Data theft conviction carries stiffest sentence yet
A UK man has been sentenced to 18 months of community service for pretexting, the same activity for which US computer firm Hewlett Packard has just paid out $16.5 million in a settlement with the Californian Attorney General.

NBC Gets "Horny" Domain to Avoid Legal Woes
In a pre-emptive strike inspired as much by the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission as by the laws of comedy, NBC bought the license to, for $159, after the taping of a Dec. 4 "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" show but before it was broadcast. At the end of a skit, in a line Mr. O'Brien insists was ad-libbed, he mentioned that a voyeur was watching There was only one problem: as of the taping of that show, which concluded at 6:30 p.m., no such site existed.

Microsoft Issues Patches for Three "Critical" Problems
Microsoft Corp. put out three software patches that fix problems carrying a "critical" rating, the company's highest threat level. All three could let an attacker remotely run code on a victim's computer.

German States Plan to Ban Internet Gambling
Germany's federal states plan to ban Internet gambling, according to draft documents to be discussed by the country's state premiers, a newspaper reported. Despite pressure from the European Commission to open up Europe's gambling market to competition, ministers from most states want to sign off on new rules aimed at protecting their lucrative monopoly as lottery operators, said Handelsblatt.

China Tightens Controls on Online Game Contents
China is tightening controls on its booming online game industry, requiring distributors to closely monitor game contents after some were found that included forbidden religious or political material, a state news agency said. The announcement adds to government efforts to tighten controls over Chinese newspapers, television and other media.

China Unblocks Access to Wikipedia, Activists Say
China's year-long block on the US-based online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has been lifted, activists say. The press freedom group Reporters without Borders praised the bosses of Wikipedia, who they said had "always refused to go in for self-censorship."

UCLA Database Breach Exposes Data on 800,000 People
In one of the largest known security breaches at a university, the database at the University of California, Los Angeles has been broken into, exposing the private information of about 800,000 people. Administrators discovered November 21 that the database had been compromised, according to a letter that was posted to the university's Web site.

Sunday, December 10, 2006
  Papers battle online news sites
"All the news that's fit to print" was once the newspaper man's slogan. Now, with news-junkies turning increasingly to the net for their daily fix of world events, papers are beginning to feel the pinch.

Can Your Firm Be Sued for a Data Breach?
In July 2003, California Senate Bill 1386 went into effect, becoming the first state law providing for mandatory notification in the event of a breach. Some 30 states have enacted similar legislation. Although these laws do not provide for a private cause of action, they could still contribute to increased litigation because more consumers will know about data breaches.

Children 'swap music via phones'
Children are increasingly swapping music via mobile phones, often without realising they can be breaking the law.

YouTube 'should check copyright'
Video website YouTube should proactively check if videos infringe copyright, a group representing Japanese rights holders has said.

Gifts for the video game elite
I've always taken great pride in finding just the right holiday gift for people, but it's proving to be a challenge with those darn video game executives I've got on my list. I mean, these are the people who are in charge of the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. They know from good gifts!

Hottest Video Games for Holiday Giving, Part 1
"This brute third-person shooter for Xbox 360 delivers spooky settings, rough-and-tumble action and gore that mimics filmdom's top splatterfests," Libe Goad, managing editor at AOL's GameDaily, told the E-Commerce Times. "For anyone who owns an Xbox 360, [Gears of War] is the game you want someone to buy you -- or vice versa -- this year."

An Online Shopping Guide Without the Hype
The first thing to know about online shopping is that it is safe, as long as you're not -- what's the word? -- "reckless" about it. Surveys suggest credit card fear is the big thing holding folks back, but at reputable Web sites, you're fine. They don't want to pass on your number; they just want to process it, book the sale and justify their inflated stock valuation.

HP to pay $14.5M to settle spying lawsuit
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) said Thursday that it would pay $14.5 million and bolster its corporate governance to settle a civil case brought by California's attorney general over a boardroom spying scandal that engulfed HP this year.

Poll: 'IM-ing' divides teens, adults
Teenager Michelle Rome can't imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn't care that it even exists. They're part of an "instant messaging gap" between teens and adults. And the division is wide, says an AP-AOL survey on how Americans use or snub those Internet bursts of gossip, happy date-making and teen tragedies that young people exchange by the hour while supposedly doing homework.

Microsoft warns of security hole in Word program
A newly disclosed flaw in Microsoft Word could let malicious hackers take control of victims' computers by sending them e-mail with a Word document attached.

How Not to Distribute Security Patches
Over the weekend MySpace was hit by a password-stealing computer worm that took advantage of a weakness in Apple's QuickTime media player to spread rapidly among the online community's users. On Tuesday, MySpace administrators sent around a memo urging millions of users to download and install a new Apple patch to prevent future copycat attacks.

Time to Update Your Adobe Reader
Adobe Systemss is urging users who run the company's Adobe Reader software on Microsoft Windows computers to update to a new version of the popular PDF document viewer, after the company was alerted to several flaws that criminals could exploit to break into computers running the software.

Microsoft opens book search service
Microsoft is taking on Google, and book publishers worldwide, by introducing its own book search engine.

Friday, December 08, 2006
  Illegal domain name parking rampant in SA
Because of an impasse in the law, so-called domain name parking is rampant in South Africa leaving many local companies powerless to acquire their rightful domains.

iBurst in domain name squabble
A squabble for a domain name has ensued between iBurst and one of its resellers.

Local Porn Website deadline looming
The Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) deadline of 31 December 2006 for local pornographic websites to discontinue the distribution of adult material on the internet is looming, but unhappiness regarding this decision remains.

Date set for Anti-Telkom campaign
The Telecoms Action Group, which raised in excess of R 50 000-00 from disgruntled telecoms consumers for a campaign to highlight problems in this arena, has set a date for their campaign to hit newspapers.

ASA says iBurst is not broadband
An Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) ruling that iBurst may not advertise its product as broadband drew sharp criticism from iBurst and some consumers.

More turn to the internet for news
THE number of people reading the news online is continuing to rise month by month, with traditional media titles steadily pushing up their online readership.

Online bankers urged to safeguard transactions
In an effort to curb Internet banking fraud, users have been urged to adopt measures to safeguard transactions.

New Litigation Rule Changes E-mail Storage Requirements
U.S. companies will need to know more about where they store e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees in the event they are sued, thanks to changes in federal rules, legal experts say. The changes, approved by the Supreme Court's administrative arm in April after a five-year review, require companies and other parties involved in federal litigation to produce "electronically stored information" as part of discovery, the process by which both sides share evidence before a trial.

Website Named in Indictment for Child Pornography
Two Florida men and a Web site corporation are facing multiple federal charges of conspiring to use a child-modeling site as a front for posing minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment claims a photographer produced visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conductwith the images ultimately being posted to individual Web sites.

Riding the Frontier Between European Principles and the Internet
The last few weeks have seen a number of important developments in the European debate over revision of the “Television without Frontiers” (TVWF) Directive (89/552) for the Internet era. At a meeting on November 13, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a compromise draft of a new TVWF Directive. The draft preserves the distinction between "linear" audiovisual services (i.e., those transmitted on a defined schedule) and "non-linear" audiovisual service (i.e., "on-demand" services that are transmitted at a time chosen by the consumer, like the vast majority of Internet services). The proposed restrictions applicable to non-linear services are much more limited than those applicable to linear services, but the regulation of non-linear proposed by the Council is far from inconsequential. On the same day that the Council adopted its proposed draft, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament adopted a lengthy report addressing many of the same issues. The inevitable effect of a TVWF Directive bearing more than a passing resemblance to the draft now being debated will be at least a moderately complex set of new regulatory requirements for online service providers in Europe. European companies are already hard to find among the leading global providers of Internet-based services (with the notable exception of Skype, now owned by eBay), and by making it even more difficult for European players, the TVWF Directive may actually have the reverse of its intended goal of promoting European culture online.

Court Erects Another Hurdle for Unmasking Anonymous Online Posters
Some courts have begun to require plaintiffs to pass a relatively strict test in order to serve subpoenas on Internet service providers and others to reveal the identity of someone who has posted allegedly defamatory material online. The same standard could apply to other forms of anonymous speech, such as leaks of company proprietary information. As we've previously reported, courts in two recent cases (Doe v. Cahill and Best Western International, Inc. v. John Doe) have held that plaintiffs must pass the "summary judgment" standard, making out a prima facie case of defamation before being permitted to subpoena ISPs for information identifying a John Doe defendant. In McMann v. John Doe, a federal court in Massachusetts set another obstacle in the path of defamation plaintiffs, holding that federal courts lack diversity jurisdiction where the sole defendant is anonymous. Moreover, although the court went on to criticize the summary judgment standard as too strict, it acknowledged the need to screen subpoena requests in John Doe cases in order to protect the free speech rights of anonymous speakers. This ruling thus bolsters the trend of courts' making it more difficult for companies and individuals to identify online posters of damaging content.

Who Will Secure the Security Professionals?
This modern-day take on Roman satirist Juvenal's old saw ("Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" or "Who will watch the watchmen?") has a modern-day answer: the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC announced on November 16 that data breach response specialist Guidance Software Inc. had settled charges that it had failed to provide "reasonable and appropriate security" for personal information stored on its corporate network, in violation of the "deceptive acts or practices" provision of the FTC Act. Although Guidance admitted no wrongdoing, it agreed to cease misrepresenting its security policies, implement a comprehensive information security program, and submit to 10 years of FTC oversight. The settlement should again remind companies that, in the opinion of the Commission, the broad language of the FTC Act provides ample basis for regulating corporate data security.

Court Allows U.S. to Proceed in Suit Against Realtors
A Chicago district court cleared the way for the Department of Justice to proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors. The DoJ contends the NAR is engaging in anti-competitive behavior against online home brokers.

Cingular Gets $1.1 Million Award in Case Against Hackers
In a victory over data miners who used fraud, computer hacking and "social engineering" to collect the private cell phone numbers and calling histories of its customers, Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless has been awarded $1,135,000 in federal court. Following up on an earlier default judgment, on Nov. 9, Judge Clarence Cooper of Atlanta's U.S. District Court ordered that Tamarac, Fla.-based 1st Source Information Specialists Inc. and company principals Kenneth W. Gorman and Steven Schwartz disgorge all profits and pay Cingular compensatory and punitive damages and attorney fees.

Phishing Flaw Found in Google's Search Appliances
A security flaw in Google's search appliances could expose websites that use the products to information-stealing phishing attacks, experts warned. The Google Search Appliance and Google Mini are used by organizations including banks and universities to add search features to websites.

Up to 80% of E-mail in Europe is Spam, EU Says
Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80% of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said. EU Media Commissioner Viviane Reding called on EU governments to step up their fight against spam, spyware and other illegal online activities and implement EU rules to improve Internet safety.

Universal's CEO Expects Settlement with
Doug Morris, chief executive officer of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said he expects to reach a settlement with MySpace, which the company sued for copyright infringement. "I think it will settle. It would be a horrible case for them to lose," Morris said at the Reuters Media Summit in New York.

Cyber plan gives justice some byte
Durban court puts dockets and charge sheets online so they can’t ‘go missing’

New rules to settle .za disputes
New regulations for settling disputes over internet domain names that fall under the .za domain were published for public comment on Wednesday.

Big Brother laws threaten World Cup
A slew of laws already in effect or pending in Parliament have the potential to scuttle SA's aspirations to top this year's German Soccer World Cup on the ICT front, said ICT lawyer Michael Silber.

Community hub spearheads 2010 strategy
The development of a wireless community hub, giving individuals and small businesses in Johannesburg ubiquitous wireless access, is one of the city's core IT projects as the nation builds up to the 2010 World Cup.

Linkin Park, national security mash-up
A woman is accused of using a computer at a national laboratory to hack into a cell phone company's Web site to get a number for Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rock group Linkin Park.

Women alerted to ID theft risk
More than 7,500 Hoosier women are at risk of identity theft after two computers containing protected health information collected for the state were stolen earlier this month.

Copyright protected files could mask viruses
Digital rights management could prevent anti-virus applications from stopping virus outbreaks according to an anti-virus researcher.

Why Comprehensive Malware Protection Is Superior to Anti-Virus Signatures for Protecting Your Organization
This white paper discusses the evolving nature of malware, and why enterprises continue to be highly vulnerable to targeted malware attacks despite deployment of common security solutions like anti-virus software (signatures) and traditional firewalls. Accordingly, the paper describes new solutions designed to be much more proactive and effective in protecting inbound and outbound traffic from malware.

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White Paper: The Top 5 On-Line Identity Theft Attacks
When digital thieves impersonate authorized users, everyone loses. On-line identity theft by insiders and outsiders can cost millions in fraud, fines, lawsuits, and customer attrition. Unfortunately, even sophisticated solutions, such as two-factor authorization, can be fooled by digital identity theft attacks. The good news is there are 5 commonly used methods for on-line identity theft. Defend against these, and you will have greatly increased the security of your on-line web application.

Phishing attacks now using phone calls
And consumers thought they were safe by not clicking on links in unsolicited e-mails.

Federal Rules May Not Fully Secure Online Banking Sites
Financial institutions that truly want to bolster their online security need to look beyond the federal guidelines on end-user authentication that go into effect Jan. 1, IT managers and analysts said last week.

Google Sued in France Over Video Download
Google is facing a lawsuit from a French company that says the search engine did more than just help users find an online copy of its film. Flach Film says some 43,000 users accessed its film, "The World According to Bush," during the short time it was available on the Google Video France Web site.

Free Program Promises Uncensored Web Access
A tool has been created capable of circumventing government censorship of the web, according to researchers. The free program has been constructed to let citizens of countries with restricted web access retrieve and display web pages from anywhere.

China Makes Progress on Piracy, But Criticism Continues
China is beginning to make some progress on containing the epidemic of piracy and counterfeiting that foreign businesses have long complained robs them of sales in a crucial market. But some of its trading partners, seeking faster action, are calling for a harsher approach.

Italy Warns Google About Video of Harassment
Italian prosecutors put two Google Italy representatives under investigation as part of an inquiry into how a video of teenagers harassing an autistic classmate surfaced on its video site, a judicial source said. The two are accused of failing to check on the content of the video posted on the Internet search engine's Web site.

Canadian ISPs Agree to Block Child Porn Sites
Canada's biggest Internet service providers have agreed to block hundreds of offending websites in an effort to stamp out child pornography. Telecom companies such as Bell Canada, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron and MTS Allstream are partnering with to launch "Project Cleanfeed Canada" that will block between 500 and 800 offending websites.

Criminal Gangs in Britan Blamed for Spam Surge
Criminal gangs using hijacked computers are behind a surge in unwanted e-mails peddling sex, drugs and stock tips in Britain. The number of spam messages has tripled since June and now accounts for as many as 9 out of 10 e-mails sent worldwide, according to U.S. e-mail security company Postini.

Court Grants Website Publishers Immunity from Defamation
People who republish defamatory content online cannot be held liable for defamation even if they were warned about it, the California Supreme Court ruled, 7-0. The decision marked a victory for Internet free speech advocates, who said it reaffirmed the proper interpretation of Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, which grants Internet users and service providers immunity from defamation claims.

Google Settles Copyright Dispute with Belgian Journalists
Google, the world's most-used Internet search engine, reached a settlement with Belgian photographers and journalists in a copyright dispute over how Google's news service links to newspaper content. The agreement was made with the Belgian copyright groups Sofam, representing about 3,700 photographers, and Scam, on behalf of journalists.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006
  Illegal software patenting stifles innovation
Pria Chetty, attorney at Buys Incorporated, believes an urgent review of the patent office's practices is required.
“SA's reputation for the granting of software patents under the disguise of software inventions impacts negatively on the attractiveness of the country as a location for software research and development,” she says.

Illegal domain name parking rampant in SA
Because of an impasse in the law, so-called domain name parking is rampant in South Africa leaving many local companies powerless to acquire their rightful domains.

Local Porn Website deadline looming
The Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) deadline of 31 December 2006 for local pornographic websites to discontinue the distribution of adult material on the internet is looming, but unhappiness regarding this decision remains.

Telkom missed out on settlement
Since last month's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling against Telkom, in a long-running software contract dispute with the US-based company Telcordia, it has emerged Telkom missed the opportunity to walk away with an out-of-court settlement.

iBurst in domain name squabble
A squabble for a domain name has ensued between iBurst and one of its resellers.

Monday, December 04, 2006
  China emerges as phishing super power
China is emerging as the new super power for cyber-criminality, according to security companies.
Spam specialist Marshal claims the People's Republic has become the number one source of phishing email in the past week, rising ten places.
The sudden surge in phishing out of China has pushed levels to their highest since July, claims the company, a threefold increase over the average for the past six months.

Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses
A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.
Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry.

E-Discovery May Target Unexpected Sources
On Friday, the long-discussed and much-awaited amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) went into effect. Among the elements of these amendments are changes to how electronic evidence is treated in discovery.

Cingular Wins $1.1M Victory Over Data Miners
In a victory over data miners who used fraud, computer hacking and "social engineering" to collect the private cell phone numbers and calling histories of its customers, Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless has been awarded $1,135,000 in federal court.

New E-Discovery Rules Benefit Some Firms
The new rules, which took effect Friday, require U.S. companies to keep better track of their employees' e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents in the event the companies are sued, legal experts say. They are part of amendments to federal rules governing civil litigation and were approved by the Supreme Court's administrative arm in April after a five-year review.
Companies and other parties involved in federal litigation must now produce "electronically stored information" as part of discovery, the process by which both sides share evidence before a trial.

Child-Modeling Site Owners Indicted
Two Florida men and a Web site corporation are facing multiple federal charges of conspiring to use a child-modeling site as a front for posing minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The 80-count indictment, unsealed Tuesday, charges Marc Evan Greenberg, 42; Jeffrey Robert Libman, 39; and Webe Web Corp., all of the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., area.

Another suspected NASA hacker indicted
A Romanian man was indicted Thursday for allegedly breaking into more than 150 U.S. government computers.
The indictment charges Victor Faur, 26, of Arad, Romania, with leading a hacking group called the "WhiteHat Team," according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. The group allegedly hacked into the government systems because of their reputation as some of the most secure in the world.

The case against copyright creep
Earlier this week, a leak from the Treasury's much-anticipated Gowers Review of Intellectual Property suggested the former Financial Times editor will recommend the government not extend the copyright term granted to sound recordings.
The record industry had lobbied for the current 50 years' protection from the date the recording was made to be increased to 95 years, the same as in the United States.

Week in review: Tell it to the judge
Software and hardware makers have long complained that a glut of so-called junk patents threatens to disrupt the way they do business. In their third major patent case this year, Supreme Court justices appeared to take issue with the current legal standard for granting patents, which many high-tech firms claim is ineffective at weeding out inventions that should be obvious.

Musical copyright terms 'to stay'
Sir Cliff Richard appears set to lose a battle to extend the number of years that musicians can receive royalties for their records, the BBC has learned.







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