Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Is Your Firm Ready for Virtual Servers?
Every new legal IT project seems to require new data server hardware. Of course, things can get a little messy as more servers are added to meet demand. Many firms face serious usage issues, and spend too much money on wasted server space. As a result, firms can suffer due to associated hardware support issues, increased security vulnerabilities, unnecessary office space consumed and higher data center operating overhead, including increased electrical bills for powering and cooling these large server environments.
Improve Your Practice With Technology
Attorneys often recommend that their clients make business decisions that may cost significant amounts of money, yet those same attorneys are often reluctant to make the decision to invest even small amounts in the technology necessary to improve their practices.
Technology Management Is Not for Lawyers
It is astounding how many business lawyers still handle their firms' computer and networking resources. Instead of leaving technology to the experts, some business lawyers manage it themselves, wasting valuable time and losing opportunities to drive growth and profitability.
Seattle Law Firm Sees Promise in Avvo
Law is known to be a conservative field, in the traditional sense of the word, meaning slow to change. Lawyers do adopt new technologies when they feel confident they will improve their practices, but have adapted to new marketing technologies somewhat more slowly. Thus, many law firms have published Web pages, but many others have not yet harnessed the power of the Internet to pursue new marketing opportunities, and still continue to rely on legal directories like Martindale Hubbell.
A New Breed of Attorney Enters the Fray
In an article entitled 'E-Discovery Attorneys: Hot or Not?' published at Law.com, a recruiter named Seth Davis contended that the recent technology boom has produced great demand on the part of corporations and law firms for a new kind of attorney -- the e-discovery counsel. This article attempts to define the concept of e-discovery counsel by explaining the type of positions held by e-discovery counsel, and the responsibilities and skills required of them.
Legal Technology - Subpoenas Seeking E-Mails Meet Resistance
Civil litigants are increasingly trying to get their hands on e-mails to prove their cases, but Internet service providers are starting to challenge their subpoenas -- and courts are starting to rule in their favor.
Friday, June 13, 2008
World's biggest websites
The world's most popular website in May this year was, unsurprisingly, Google. The search engine giant attracted just short of 122 million unique visitors during the month, a good 8 million more than rival Yahoo! at just over 114 million.
2007 Top Ten Free and Open Source Legal Issues
The year 2007 has been the most active year for legal developments in the history of free and open source (“FOSS”). In fact, you would have been hard pressed in past years to enumerate even five important legal developments. However 2007 permits the creation of a traditional “top ten” list. My list of the top ten FOSS legal developments in 2007 follows...
Hoax e-mails shocker
The hoax e-mails trial took a new direction yesterday when a state witness told the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court how he failed to find the author of the alleged messages.
Brazen thief steals judge’s laptop
A brazen thief entered the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning, walked into the Judges’ chambers on the second floor and made off with a computer belonging to acting Judge Trevor Gorven.
Reporters under threat by new bill
Journalists who use classified documents as the basis for news reports will face up to five years in prison unless a suggested public interest defence is included in the Protection of Information Bill before it is approved by Parliament.
Global trend tests time-worn rules
BY BEING part of the Eversheds group, local law firm Routledge Modise will rank 34th among the world’s top 100 law firms and boost its international presence.
A compelling case for merger mania?
A FLURRY of recent deals in SA’s legal profession suggests more mergers could be in the pipeline, and although firms’ enthusiasm for mergers is nothing new, few legal analysts predict there will be further big deals this year.
Cliffe Dekker and Hofmeyr to join forces
Cliffe Dekker and Hofmeyr Herbstein & Gihwala, two of the top law firms in South Africa, today announced their intention to merge.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Cotton Trader website breach described as "serious" - Computeractive
Apacs has called the recent hacking attack on the Cotton Traders website a “serious” breach, saying the hackers could use the stolen card details for fraud.
Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use the search engine giant's advertising technology. Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use the search engine giant's advertising technology.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Yahoo goes back to its roots
For millions of people worldwide Yahoo remains synonymous with the internet itself, but after Microsoft walked away from buying the firm what does the future hold? For millions of people worldwide Yahoo remains synonymous with the internet itself, but after Microsoft walked away from buying the firm what does the future hold?
Microsoft and Yahoo Walk, Cyber-Terror Risk Sticks Around, China Plays Dumb
Yahoo and Microsoft walked away from merger talks, and Yahoo followed up by announcing a completed advertising deal with Google. ... A security firm found a flaw in software that remotely manages critical systems, and the software maker waited five months to fix it.
House of Lords debuts videos on YouTube - USATODAY.com
It may not challenge the new Indiana Jones or Sex and the City movies, but Britain's House of Lords is debuting five new YouTube videos Friday in hopes of updating its image as a sleepy haven for elderly, affluent gentlemen.
Data Loss: The Ultimate Cluestick - Security Fix
One of the most clueful and well-informed reports on how hackers are stealing company data these days was published this week by Verizon, which examined more than 500 data breaches that they investigated over the past few years.
Microsoft-Yahoo soap opera enters a new phase - vnunet.com
This week's twist in the Microsoft-Yahoo soap opera has seen special guest Google entering the scene again after an absence of a few months.
ISO process slammed
SA, Venezuela, India and Brazil have successfully stalled the publication of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
Internet sex photos halts obscenity trial
A long-awaited obscenity trial opened on Wednesday and was promptly put on hold, after revelations that the top federal judge hearing the case had posted sexually explicit material on the Internet.
Online advertising changes looming
For the past few years, online advertising has been touted as the Holy Grail for advertisers. However, there is often little solid proof that this advertising spend is being put to good use.
Piracy crackdown continues
Microsoft’s global crackdown on counterfeit and illegal software shows no sign of slowing, with the software maker this week announcing the filing of 21 lawsuits in 14 states in the US against resellers allegedly engaging in the sale of pirated software, including some alleged repeat offenders.
Federal Bureau of Investigation - San Diego Field Division - Press Release
United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that Jon Paul Oson was sentenced today to serve more than five years’ imprisonment on federal computer hacking charges. Mr. Oson was convicted following a jury trial in August 2007 of two counts of intentionally damaging protected computers. The 63-month sentence imposed by the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan, United States District Judge, represents one of the longest sentences imposed for computer hacking in the United States. In addition to the custodial sentence, Oson was ordered to pay $144,358.83 in restitution to the Council of Community Health Clinics (“CCC”) and $264,979.00 in restitution to the North County Health Services Clinic.
Rubbermaid bot master sentenced to 41 months [printer-friendly] | The Register
A US-based hacker has been sentenced to 41 months in jail for breaking into corporate computers in Europe and making them part of a money-generating botnet.
U.S. Congressmen Accuse China of Hacking Their Computers - NYTimes.com
Two U.S. Congressmen on Wednesday accused China of hacking their office computers, possibly compromising information on Chinese dissidents, the Congressmen and news reports said.
Google backs US-wide privacy laws | OUT-LAW.COM
Google has given its backing to the idea of a national privacy law in the US, accordng to reports. The search giant, whose own privacy policies are often controversial, told a senior politician that it supported the idea.
Software houses must declare patents in standard setting process, says Commission | OUT-LAW.COM
Software companies involved in setting technical standards should be forced to declare their intellectual property in the area and fix maximum fees for the standard's use of it before the standard is set, according to the European Commission.
Trade mark holders cannot stop honest comparative advertising, rules ECJ | OUT-LAW.COM
Mobile phone firm O2 looks likely to fail to stop competing mobile firm 3 from using its name and trade-marked bubble motifs in its adverts. The competing company had used graphics similar to O2's in ads comparing the two companies' prices.
Man Pleads Guilty to Hacking Anti-Phishing Website
A Fairfield, California, hacker has pleaded guilty to launching a Valentine's Day 2007 computer attack that nearly knocked an anti-phishing Web site offline. Gregory King, 21, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of 'transmitting code to cause damage to a protected computer,' for launching distributed denial of service attacks against the Castlecops anti-phishing Web site and Killanet , an online forum for gamers and graphic designers.
Judge Kozinski Admits Sex Photos on Personal Website
One of the highest-ranking federal judges in the United States, who is currently presiding over an obscenity trial in Los Angeles, has maintained his own publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos. Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, acknowledged that he had posted the materials, which included a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal.
Red Hat Settles Two Linux Patent Infringement Lawsuits
Linux software provider Red Hat Inc. said it settled two patent lawsuits brought against it by Firestar Software Inc. and DataTern Inc. Red Hat was sued for patent infringement by Firestar in 2006 in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas, for allegedly violating a patent covering a method for interfacing a software application with a related database to facilitate access to that database.
Hacker Gets 41 Months in Jail for Creating Botnet
A hacker who hijacked hundreds of PCs to create a botnet has been sentenced to 41 months in jail by a U.S. court. Robert Matthew Bentley of Panama City, Florida, also faces $65,000in fines and will be under supervision for three years on his release.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Poison Ivy’s exit will be a relief
There is unfortunately no war crimes tribunal for ministerial incompetence.
Is your email address for sale?
Millions of South African email addresses are for sale to spammers on a Chinese-based website. The www.3sent.info website, which claims to take pride in 'staying on the leading edge of innovative marketing' is selling the more than 9 million South African email addresses for just $100.
Virgin clamps down on illegal downloaders
The age of illegal music downloads could soon be over. The UK's largest provider of home broadband is to warn Internet users building up vast libraries of music that they could be prosecuted, reports The Independent.
Knott-Craig eyes ICASA job
Outgoing Vodacom group CEO Alan Knott-Craig says he will take top spot at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) if the position becomes available.
ConnectU Wants Out of Settlement with Facebook
Facebook, owner of the social-networking Web site valued last year at $15 billion, is struggling to enforce a settlement of a copyright lawsuit accusing founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing computer code. Founders of ConnectU in February settled claims that Zuckerberg took their business idea in 2003 while they were students at Harvard University.
British Groups to Educate Consumer About File-Sharing
Virgin Media and the British Polyphonic Industry will work together to 'educate' broadband customers on avoiding legal action while downloading music with peer-to-peer software, the organizations said. A joint release posted on the British Polyphonic Industry Web site said Virgin Media broadband customers using their accounts to illegally share music will receive letters from Virgin Media and the BPI.
University Paper Faults Music Industry's Tactics
A new study from the University of Washington suggests that media industry trade groups are using flawed tactics in their investigations of users who violate copyrights on peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The paper finds that there is a serious flaw in how these trade groups finger reported file-sharers.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wired for wealth
South Korea is one-tenth the size of SA, far removed from the largest markets and, until a couple of decades ago, was ensconced in an agricultural economy.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Bank Says Sensitive Data on 4 Million Exposed
The Bank of New York Mellon says sensitive data of more than 4 million people owning shares in public companies was exposed after a box of back-up data storage tapes went missing in February. The data included names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.
EFF Seeks to Stop Unmasking of Political Impostor
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is waging a constitutional challenge against an Illinois politician seeking to unmask an anonymous MySpace user accused of creating impostor profiles and posting defamatory material on them. Cicero, Illinois, Town President Larry Dominick filed a discovery petition after finding two profiles on the social networking site that claimed to belong to him.
Software Company Sues Howard Stern Productions
A software company filed a copyright infringement lawsuit over technology used on Howard Stern's Web site that enables characters to pop up and begin talking to the viewer. Live Face on Web LLC, an Internet-based service in Southampton, filed the suit in federal court against Howard Stern Productions Inc. and others.
Lawyer Tells Appeals Court Spam Law Unconstitutional
A lawyer for a man once considered one of the world's most prolific e-mail spammers urged the Virginia Supreme Court on to strike down a state anti-spam law, arguing it violates free speech protections under the First Amendment. Lawyer Thomas M. Wolf said the state law that makes bulk e-mailing a felony is unconstitutional because it fails to distinguish between commercial messages, which are not covered by the First Amendment, and protected political and religious speech.
Police did not breach rights when photographing protester | OUT-LAW.COM
Police-ordered photography of an anti-arms trade protester did not breach the protester's privacy rights, the High Court has ruled. It is one of the few times that such alleged intrusion by the state rather than the media has been the subject of a UK ruling.
Hong Kong Domains Top List of Most Dangerous
McAfee released a study that indicates the domains that tend to be the most dangerous or malware-prone on the Web, and at the top of the list is the Hong Kong (.hk) domain. The McAfee Mal Web report, which serves as a safety guidebook to risky online neighborhoods, reveals that 19.2 percent of all Web sites ending with the .hk domain pose a security threat to Web users, followed by China (.cn), the Philippines (.ph), Romania (.ro) and Russia (.ru).
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Report identifies dangerous web domains
When surfing the Internet for safe websites, not all domains are equal. Companies that assign addresses for websites appear to be cutting corners on security more when they assign names in certain domains than in others, according to a report to be released on Wednesday by antivirus software vendor McAfee.
Ubuntu announces ultra-portable Remix
We previously wrote about plans for a customised version of Ubuntu designed for the new wave of ultra-portable, flash-based 'netbook' computers.
Comp Commission to regulate ICT sector
The Electronic Communications (EC) Act will be amended to allow the Competition Commission to have the final say on competition matters within the ICT sector.
Worm hits several SA sites
Many South African Web sites hit by a SQL worm last month are still not safe to visit.
Interest in MWEB
NASPERS’ share price rose again yesterday after the announcement a day earlier of the group’s plans to auction its local internet service provider (ISP) subsidiary MWEB.
Media24 to take on Google?
Industry speculation suggests that Media24 has been garnishing support for a project which could see it going head-to-head with Google South Africa.
Telkom sale makes sense
TELKOM’s privatisation five years ago is the subject of regret in certain parts of the government.
Phony Online Profiles Triggering Lawsuits
Phony profiles on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are triggering lawsuits by school officials and public figures who claim that their reputations are being damaged online. Specifically, plaintiffs are suing individuals who are creating fake profiles of them, replete with derogatory comments, obscenities, unflattering photographs and, in some cases, sexually offensive information.
Google puts SA on cyber map
THIS week will be a big one in the country’s cyber life: a South Africa layer is to be added to the core software of the global satellite tool Google Earth.
Proofpoint Releases 2008 Email and Data Loss Prevention Survey: 41% of Large U.S. Corporations Employ Staff to Read Employee Email; 26% Terminated Employees for Email Policy Violations in the Past Year
Proofpoint Releases 2008 Email and Data Loss Prevention Survey: 41% of Large U.S. Corporations Employ Staff to Read Employee Email; 26% Terminated Employees for Email Policy Violations in the Past Year.
E-Mail Contracts: A New 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered'
Contracts, it is generally assumed, have to be 'signed, sealed and delivered' to be deemed effective. The explosive growth of the Internet and the increasing use and prevalence of e-mail, however, has radically altered how those formalities can be fulfilled. As a number of recent decisions in New York and elsewhere make absolutely clear, for good or for ill, parties now can conclude a contract, or amend an existing contract, via e-mail.
The power of play on the internet
Game design and social networks are merging into one of the most persuasive forces on the net.Game design and social networks are merging into one of the most persuasive forces on the net.
Who will write tomorrow's code?
Built by a team led by Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams at Manchester University, Baby showed that storing the instructions for a computer in the same memory as the data it was working on was both feasible and effective. Built by a team led by Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams at Manchester University, Baby showed that storing the instructions for a computer in the same memory as the data it was working on was both feasible and effective.
Silicon electronics are a staple of the computing industry, but researchers are now exploring other techniques to deliver powerful computers. Silicon electronics are a staple of the computing industry, but researchers are now exploring other techniques to deliver powerful computers.
Beware of Error Messages At Bank Sites - Security Fix
If you own or work at a small to mid-sized business, and are presented with an error message about data synchronization or site maintenance when trying to access your company's bank account online, you might want to give the bank a call: A criminal group that specializes in deploying malicious software to steal banking data is presenting victims with fake maintenance pages and error messages as a means of getting around anti-fraud safeguards erected by many banks. If you own or work at a small to mid-sized business, and are presented with an error message about data synchronization or site maintenance when trying to access your company's bank account online, you might want to give the bank a call: A criminal group that specializes in deploying malicious software to steal banking data is presenting victims with fake maintenance pages and error messages as a means of getting around anti-fraud safeguards erected by many banks.
Making bad law from good intentions?
Hard cases make bad law, especially online, argues Bill Thompson Hard cases make bad law, especially online, argues Bill Thompson.
Internet key to Obama victories
With Barack Obama moving close to victory in the Democratic presidential primary campaign, the internet has proved one of the key tools to his success. And it may well give the Democrats a big advantage during the Presidential race itself. With Barack Obama moving close to victory in the Democratic presidential primary campaign, the internet has proved one of the key tools to his success. And it may well give the Democrats a big advantage during the Presidential race itself.
Computer generated abuse 'banned'
Drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal under proposals announced by Justice Minister Maria Eagle. Drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal under proposals announced by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.
Google accused over privacy law
MTN guilty of ‘ambushing' Vodacom
Following a hearing on 23 May, the Advertising Standards Authority Sponsorships Appeals Committee has found MTN guilty of ambush marketing, imitation and creating confusion as to who officially sponsors Bafana Bafana. The company was ordered by the body to pay Vodacom's cost of appeal.
Information bill makes new rules for state documents
All state documents classified before May 10 1994 will automatically be declassified if they do not conform with the principles of proposed new legislation, tabled in Parliament on Friday.
Egypt blogger freed after 'weeks of torture'
Blogger released after weeks behind bars over deadly protests at Egypt's biggest textile plant for higher pay and controls on prices said on Monday he and his fellow detainees suffered weeks of 'torture'.
MWEB up for grabs
Multinational media company Naspers (NPN) announced on Monday that, following approaches for the sale of its internet service provider (ISP) business MWEB, it is initiating an auction process.
IS addresses monitoring concerns
Recent speculation suggested that the Business Software Alliance (BSA) was actively monitoring Internet Solutions’ (IS) backbone for illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) software downloads. The BSA is a body responsible for addressing software piracy.
West Coast Cable ready by May 2010
In her budget vote speech today the Minister of Communications, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, said that South Africa is still facing challenges to increase the uptake and usage of communications technologies and reduce the cost of access to these technologies.
Ivy to step down
Matsepe-Casaburri delivered her budget vote speech today and afterwards confirmed what many observers expected for some time – that she will step down as Communications Minister after the 2009 elections.
Panic attack brings down Russian nuke pages [printer-friendly] | The Register
Reports last week of a coordinated attack on websites that provide Russians with advance notice of nuclear accidents appear to be unfounded, a security researcher says. Instead, he says an outage of the emergency information system likely collapsed under a crush of visitors frantically trying to find out if they were in danger of a nuclear catastrophe.
Philly news anchor embroiled in e-mail hacking scandal -- Police Arrests, ESPN, Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) -- themorningcall.com
The FBI raided the home of an evening news anchor after his fired co-anchor complained that someone might be hacking into her private e-mails and leaking them to the media, lawyers involved said Monday.
Police find stolen computer device containing health records
New Glasgow police say they've recovered a computer memory stick containing the personal information of 150 people who used mental-health services in Pictou County.
New York Mellon Bank loses millions of customer records - News - heise Security UK
The US media have disclosed that the Bank of New York Mellon has lost unencrypted data tapes containing over 4.5 million customer records. The tapes, belonging to the bank's Shareowner Services division, went missing from a truck on April 29 while in transit between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the hands of a commercial carrier. The tapes contained scanned documents relating to transactions by institutional clients.
Walter Reed says patient data may be compromised - Inside Bay Area
Sensitive information on about 1,000 patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals was exposed in a security breach, sparking identity theft concerns and an investigation by the Army.
Privacy Complaint Filed Against Facebook - CSO Online - Security and Risk
A Canadian university law clinic has filed a privacy complaint against Facebook, alleging that the social-networking site's policies include 22 separate violations of a Canadian privacy law.
Hackers Change Link on Phoenix Mars Lander Site
The Web site for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission was hacked over the weekend with readers of the main news article redirected to an overseas Web site, a spokeswoman for the mission said. Someone was able to access the site and change the 'read more' link to connect to an outside site that was in a foreign language, said Sara Hammond, spokeswoman for the mission being led by the University of Arizona.
Mother in Internet Suicide Case Works Against Bullying
When Tina Meier's 13-year-old daughter committed suicide after being bullied on the Internet, her grief was so encompassing she felt at times she couldn't breathe. But in recent months, the Missouri woman has focused on ways to protect other children from bullying, even leaving her job as a real estate agent to dedicate herself to the Megan Meier Foundation.
Comcast Hijackers Say They Warned the Company First
The computer attackers who took down Comcast's homepage and webmail service for more than five hours Thursday say they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.
City With Private Roads Gets Deleted from Google Maps
A Minnesota city of 4,500 residents has demanded that Google Maps remove images of its homes from the website's Street View feature, where any Internet user can glimpse a home from the nearest road. North Oaks' unique situation, in which the roads are privately owned by the residents and the city enforces a trespassing ordinance, may have made it the first city in the country to request that the online search engine remove images from Google Maps.
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