20th > December > 2004 Archive
US ISP wins $1bn damages from spammers
A small US ISP has been awarded damages of $1bn against three spammers by an Iowa judge. The surreal size of the award was arrived at under an Iowa law which fines spammers $10 for each unsolicited emai they send.
Dutch companies fined €7k for eBay typosquatting
Dutch graphic design company JustDesign and customer J. van Dalen have been ordered by The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to pay a fine of €7000 for registering the domain name e-bay.nl. The name was used for a website with information on Van Dalen, a company which inspects buildings.
We were sold into porn slavery, cry African islands
The government of the tiny African islands Sao Tome and Principe has made a terrible discovery - it has been sold into porn slavery.
BT connects 4m to broadband
BT has now connected more than four million wholesale broadband users. The latest million ADSL customers were added in just four months with around 60,000 people a week hooking up to broadband.
eBay India boss cuffed in porn vid scandal
The boss of eBay's Indian subsidiary - Baazee.com - has been remanded in custody until 24 December after his arrest on charges of online trading in pornography.
Mugging the truth to spin Blunkett's comeback
AnalysisDavid Blunkett, amnesiac, hadn't even left the stage last Wednesday night when David Blunkett, straight-talking, noble force for good, brought down by love and vindictive pygmies, began to re-emerge. With a little more work he could - if we are not careful - complete the fastest political rehabilitation in history and be ready for a speedy return to government.
Dutch eDonkey site owners released
Seven people arrested last week by Dutch law enforcement officials for offering links to allegedly copyright-infringing content have been released. The group shared thousands of movies, games and music files through eDonkey and BitTorrent files.
Music biz threatens International Red Cross
Australian anti-piracy operatives are seeking a freeze on funds donated to the International Red Cross by a Vanuatu-based trust fund run by Sharman Networks - maker of Kazaa P2P software.
Grid Computing: mainstream, or not?
OpinionIBM has announced that Grid Computing is now a mainstream technology. In a press release just issued, it cited three of its customers’ applications as evidence of this.
Trading Standards, ASA confirm BT 'Advent Calendar' probe
Trading Standards officers and the Advertising Standards Authority are investigating BT concerning its "Advent Calendar" promotion on its "BT Shop" website.
Apple sues unnamed whistleblower
Apple has filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara California Superior Court against an unidentified individual who has "recently misappropriated and disseminated confidential information". The move comes in advance of the forthcoming MacWorld conference in San Francisco, at which Apple aficionados speculate the company will unveil a new flavour of iPod.
Web inaccessibility 'creates net underclass'
Companies and public bodies are still failing to take accessibility into account when designing their websites, despite the risk of legal action under the UK's disability discrimination laws. A SiteMorse test last week of central government websites uncovered errors on the vast majority of sites, and even the Disability and the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) websites failed A and AA compliance.
Harry Enfield fronts Madasafish broadband ad
Comedian Harry Enfield has been named as the "pukka celebrity" fronting a new series of TV ads for ISP Madasafish.
Destroy your old emails for Xmas, UK gov tells civil servants
Just weeks before the UK's Freedom of Information Act comes into force, the Cabinet Office has told staff to delete emails that are more than three months old, as of today (20th December). Could this possibly be the same Government that is pushing for a 12 month electronic data retention dragnet throughout Europe? Yes, it could.
NASA hacker jailed for six months
A US man has been jailed for six months for a 2001 attack on the web systems of space agency NASA which cost $200,000 to fix.
Sonic buys Roxio software biz
Sonic Solutions today completed its acquisition of the consumer software division of Roxio, including the company's "industry-renowned CD and DVD burning, authoring, photo and video editing applications, notably Easy Media Creator, PhotoSuite, VideoWave, Easy DVD Copy and Toast".
Government keeps the secrets on ID scheme legal advice
The Government is refusing to publish detailed legal advice on human rights and privacy aspects of the ID card scheme, according to a report in today's Guardian. The paper says that attorney general Lord Goldsmith has provided this to the Cabinet, but that it is not to be made public, nor will Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights be allowed direct access to the documents.
Dissolute youth plan mass pillow fight
The dissolute ne'er-do-wells behind the recent London mobile clubbing event which terrorised one of the capital's mainline railway stations have organised a mass pillow fight to take place this evening outside The National Gallery.
Punters warned over 'matrix' web scam
UK consumers are being warned to be on their guard against a new scam offering "free" electronic gadgets in return for buying low-value products over the web.
EU fish ministers to vote on software patents
The directive on software patents is slated to be rubberstamped at a meeting of the Agricultural and Fisheries Commission tomorrow. The vote will mean the directive has been formally accepted by the European Council of Ministers and will go back to the European Parliament for a second reading.
Hotmail ditches McAfee for Trend
MSN Hotmail has dropped anti-virus scanning technology from McAfee in favour of rival Trend Micro. Hotmail's 187m email accounts are promised "automatic protection anytime they send and receive email attachments" via Trend Micro's scanning and detection services. The switchover was made on Friday (17 December).
Watchdog groans as email hoax returns to life
The premium rate telephone watchdog - ICSTIS - is warning punters not to fall for an email hoax that has been doing the rounds for more than two years.
The chip and PIN insecurity card
UpdatedA supposedly more secure method of authorising credit cards transactions in the UK may play into the hands of fraudsters, a leading IT security expert warns. A banking industry organisation says such fears are misplaced.
Teenage British Trojan distributor escapes jail
A 16 year-old Briton was convicted last week for releasing the Randex trojan, which was used to relay spam through infected PCs.
UK's biggest spammer charged with more offences
The UK's biggest spammer, Peter Francis Clifford Macrae, has been charged with more offences, including blackmail, fraud and criminal damage.