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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
  US newspapers need to reinvent themselves ... fast
"Washington - US newspapers are in a state 'perilously close to free fall' and time is running short for them to find a business model and reinvent themselves, according to a study released on Monday.

Friday, March 27, 2009
  SA falls in global technology rankings
FOR the sixth year running, SA has slid down the rankings of the world’s most technology-savvy countries, with a lack of government commitment to technology blamed for the deterioration.

Dealing with threat from within
Insider attacks are on the rise and, while they don't constitute the majority of security incidents and breaches yet, they can already prove the most costly. Hennie Moolman, Managing Director of network security expert, AfricaSD, examines the threat posed by insider attacks and what companies need to be doing to neutralise it.

ITWeb :DNA database delay
Parliament has failed to finalise a proposed DNA Bill – raising doubts that it would be signed off by the first half of 2009.

eCard scammer avoids jail • The Register
A US fraudster who used fake electronic greetings cards to spread malware has avoided a jail sentence for his crimes.

Businesses are not always free to change lawyers, rules tribunal | OUT-LAW.COM
Companies may begin to use complex commercial services contracts when engaging law firms after a case underlined the rights of workers whose jobs are transferred to another firm.

Lawyer-client privilege can't stop surveillance, says House of Lords | OUT-LAW.COM
The state is allowed to bug communication between lawyers and their clients, the House of Lords has said. The UK's highest court ruled that spy law the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) allows lawyers' conversations to be bugged.

Study: Most Organizations Hit by Cybercrime - Network World
A report released Monday by Symantec gauges the far reaching impact of cybercrime and finds most organizations have dealt with a cyber attack of some kind in the last two years.

Aussie stumbles on 19,000 exposed credit card numbers - Internet - iTnews Australia
A defunct payment gateway has exposed as many as 19,000 credit card numbers, including up to 60 Australian numbers.

Report: Cybersquatting, Brand Abuse Still Lucrative for Crooks in Bad Economy - CSO Online - Security and Risk
Unlike many economies around the globe, the criminal industry of cybersquatting and brand abuse saw no downturn in 2008.

U.K. to monitor, store all social-network traffic? | Security - CNET News
The U.K. government is considering the mass surveillance and retention of all user communications on social-networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo.

IT contractor indicted for sabotaging offshore rig management system
An IT contract employee who formerly worked at an oil and gas production company in Long Beach, Calif., was indicted yesterday on charges of sabotaging a computer system he helped set up because the company did not offer him a permanent job.

The Associated Press: FBI agent in NY accused of tipping off informant
An FBI agent in New York has been accused of keeping in touch with an informant after their professional relationship ended and then claiming that he 'squashed' a drug trafficking investigation involving the source, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

Getty Images sues removal firm over website image | OUT-LAW.COM
Getty Images is suing a removals firm for the alleged use of a copyright-protected image on its website. The global picture company is taking action against a removals and haulage firm based in London, JA Coles.

Domain disputes rise, but could rocket under ICANN plan says WIPO | OUT-LAW.COM
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) ruled on more domain name disputes last year than ever before but has warned that disputes will rocket if a plan to allow the creation of infinite numbers of domains goes ahead.

Privacy campaigner vows legal challenge to Street View | OUT-LAW.COM
A privacy campaigner will launch a legal challenge to Google's Street View service, which was launched today. Simon Davies of Privacy International says that he will pursue 'a test case' against Google.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 South Africa: King 3 Report Wrong About It Matters, Says Attorney (Page 1 of 1)
PROMINENT IT lawyer Reinhardt Buys has complained that the IT governance provisions in the third King report on corporate governance are 'incomplete, confusing and disappointing'.

King 3’s IT governance provisions under fire at FM Tech - Technology news and views from a South African perspective - business, communication, ICT, IT, finance, media, e-commerce, broadcasting.
Prominent IT lawyer Reinhardt Buys has complained that the IT governance provisions in the third King report on corporate governance are “incomplete, confusing and disappointing”.

Friday, March 13, 2009
  Finland approves email snooping law
Finnish President Tarja Halonen on Friday ratified a controversial new law giving employers the right to monitor employees' emails where wrongdoing is suspected.

DA fan hacks into ‘voting’ website
The Times website team at the iLab on Wednesday night stopped a hacker from artificially inflating the DA’s online votes to over 20 000 on its saelections site.

How To Kill The Music Industry
During The Pirate Bay trial, the music industry placed the blame for the decline in their revenues squarely on the shoulders of file-sharers. Their logic is clearly flawed, but it could sway the verdict if no alternative explanation is presented. So, if piracy isn’t to blame, then what is *actually* killing the music industry?

The cheapest online shops in SA
The iPod has become something of a benchmarking tool after the Australian bank Commonwealth Securities launched an iPod index, using the iPod Nano music player as a currency value indicator. This is similar to the well-known Economist's Big Mac index.

Free-for-all fight for market share
THERE has been excitement in the market about new licences to be issued that allow ISPs and other service providers to set up their own telecommunications infrastructures. Potentially, those prepared to pay for the licences could compete head-on with the traditional fixed-line and mobile network operators, but there are differing views about the impact this regulatory change will have on the market in the short term.

Sprint: Employee Stole Customer Data
Sprint is warning several thousand customers that a former employee sold or otherwise provided their account data without permission.

Army database may have been breached
An Army database that contains personal information about nearly 1,600 soldiers may have been penetrated by unauthorized users, Army officials have announced.

BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers
BBC Click got its hands on a botnet of 22,000 compromised PCs from an underground forum. It used these machines to send spam to two accounts it had established with Gmail and Hotmail. The programme also used these zombie machines to show how they might be used in a denial of service attack.

Feds file new felonies against alleged Palin hacker
A University of Tennessee student accused of illegally breaking into the email account of Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been hit with three new felony charges in connection with the case.

No SMS subscription ads for kids
The Wireless Application Service Providers' Association of South Africa (WASPA) has set out clear television advertising regulations for its members in a bid to protect minors from exposure to inappropriate adverts for cellular subscription services.

Picasa is still tops for privacy
THE great thing about digital photography is that it’s free — once you’ve paid for the camera, that is.

Database infringements depend on taking, not usage, of data
The European Union's Database Directive is infringed when data is taken out of someone else's database regardless of what they intend using the information for, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.

Indefinite liability for online libel must end
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) missed an opportunity to kill an absurd libel law this week. That law exposes online news archives around the world to indefinite liability in British courts.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
  IT Governance Report slated
Less than 7 of the 141 pages of the Report deal with IT governance – that is simply not enough for such an important corporate issue” says IT lawyer Reinhardt Buys of Buys Inc. Attorneys who refers to the new IT governance provisions in King III as “generally incomplete, confusing and disappointing”.

Monday, March 09, 2009
  King III addresses IT governance
The ballooning costs of installing IT systems, coupled with the need to ensure information security and system integrity, means a company's board must be directly involved in IT governance, says Mervyn King.The ballooning costs of installing IT systems, coupled with the need to ensure information security and system integrity, means a company's board must be directly involved in IT governance, says Mervyn King.

Google SA loses country head
Stafford Masie has resigned his position as head of Google's South African operations, a little after 18 months in the position, the US Internet giant confirmed today.Stafford Masie has resigned his position as head of Google's South African operations, a little after 18 months in the position, the US Internet giant confirmed today.

Google SA loses country head
Stafford Masie has resigned his position as head of Google's South African operations, a little after 18 months in the position, the US Internet giant confirmed today.Stafford Masie has resigned his position as head of Google's South African operations, a little after 18 months in the position, the US Internet giant confirmed today.

Showing the way
Search giant Google has updated its website with detailed SA street maps. Previously, the system showed only major arterial routes.

Google, Yahoo!, MS urged not to censor search
Rights groups called on Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft on Friday not to censor their Web search engines one day this week to help protest cyber censorship.

Signing your life away
POPULAR SOCIAL NETWORKING service Facebook last week released a new version of its terms of service - that led to a mass exodus of users who had a problem with the changes. Facebook soon reverted to an older version of the terms in dealing with the outcry. But what was it that put people's backs up?

SA's tangled web
According to a report released this week at the Internet Governance Forum, South Africa has fallen a long way in the African rankings since 2000, when it had 2.4 million subscribers representing 53 percent of internet users across the continent.

University admits to third data breach in three months
The University of Florida in Gainesville late last month disclosed that a breach discovered in January exposed personal data on 97,200 students, faculty and staffers who attended or worked at the school between 1996 and 2009.

Friday, March 06, 2009
  Prime Minister's health records breached in database attack • The Register
Personal medical records belonging to Scotland's rich and powerful - including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Holyrood's First Minister Alex Salmond - have been illegally accessed in a breach of a national database that holds details of 2.5 million people.

Layoff backlash: Five steps to protect your business from angry ex-employees
A senior corporate executive leaves the company, taking with him his framed family photographs, his prized gold pen-and-pencil set -- and the passwords of several hundred employees.

Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop | Politics and Law - CNET News
A federal judge has ordered a criminal defendant to decrypt his hard drive by typing in his PGP passphrase so prosecutors can view the unencrypted files, a ruling that raises serious concerns about self-incrimination in an electronic age.

Thursday, March 05, 2009
  Court sets standard for online anonymity protections | Politics and Law - CNET News
Web sites involved in defamation suits are not required to immediately hand over the identities of readers who leave anonymous comments, a Maryland court has ruled, laying out guidelines for future suits involving online anonymity.

Pirates steal for the love of music, not stealing - Voices
It's also safe to say that everyone likes free stuff. One would imagine that the combination of those two things would be met with unanimous support worldwide.

Pirate Bay caused 'immense damage'
A top music industry official has told The Pirate Bay file-sharing trial in Stockholm that online piracy has caused 'immense damage' to artists and producers worldwide.

Monday, March 02, 2009
  Half of Pirate Bay case dropped in courtroom drama | OUT-LAW.COM
Prosecutors have been forced to drop their more serious charges against file-sharing links site The Pirate Bay in a dramatic climbdown in the closely-watched trial in Sweden. Around half the charges have been dropped.

E-tailers can't reclaim value of use of returned goods, says ECJ advisor | OUT-LAW.COM
Online retailers cannot reclaim some of the purchase price of goods even if they are returned after a long time and have given the user some benefit, an advocate general of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.

Court allows AP to assert intellectual property right over facts | OUT-LAW.COM
News agency The Associated Press (AP) has won the right to fight a court battle to defend a property right over facts. Copyright law does not protect facts, but AP has been permitted to make its defence based on a 1918 case on 'hot news'.







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