10/3/2005

RIAA sued under gang laws, again

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An Oregon woman accused of illegal peer-to-peer downloading has countersued the Recording Industry Association of America, contending that the music trade group illegally invaded her privacy, searched her computer without her permission, and conspired with other companies to engage in “extreme acts of unlawful coercion, extortion, fraud, and other criminal conduct.”

Source: News.com

Critical Vulnerability In Kaspersky Anti-Virus

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A vulnerability has been identified in various Kaspersky Anti-Virus products, which could be exploited by attackers or malware to execute arbitrary commands. This flaw is due to a heap overflow error in the CAB file format parser that does not properly handle a specially crafted file containing a malformed header, which could be exploited by attackers to execute arbitrary commands and compromise a vulnerable system (e.g. by sending an email containing a malicious CAB file).

The issue has been reported in version 5.0.20.0 of the CAB scanning library (cab.ppl). Other versions may also be vulnerable.

Affected Products are: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 4.x, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 5.x, Kaspersky SMTP-Gateway 5.x

Source: FrSIRT

Sales of Digital Music Triple

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The digital music market has more than tripled in a year, and that has helped offset a continuing decline in sales of CDs and other physical formats.

Spurred by the iPod revolution, digital music sales totaled $790 million in the first half of this year, equivalent to 6 percent of industry sales, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimated in a report Monday.

That compared to $220 million in the same period last year.

Recorded music sales fell 1.9 percent to a retail value of $13.2 billion in the first half of this year, compared with $13.4 billion in the same period last year.

The digital boom, which now exceeds the value of the global singles market, was largely driven by sales in the top five markets - the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany and France, IFPI said in Monday’s report. Sales of physical formats fell 6.3 percent by value in the period to $12.4 billion, it said.

Source: AP

Blinkx hosts, searches home video

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Search company Blinkx launched on Monday a service that lets people upload and store their video files and search other peoples’ video. The new service also lets people create customized “channels,” based on topics or keyword searches, that automatically show video clips when opened and can be downloaded to PCs. “My Blinkx.tv,” currently free to use, features user-generated video from 3,500 to 4,000 sources, mostly from grassroots groups and individuals, said Suranga Chandratillake, Blinkx founder.

Source: News.com

Yahoo-Backed Alliance to Open Web Library

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is setting out to build a vast online library of copyrighted books that pleases publishers - something rival Google Inc. hasn’t been able to achieve.

The Open Content Alliance, a project that Yahoo is backing with several other partners, plans to provide digital versions of books, academic papers, video and audio. Much of the material will consist of copyrighted material voluntarily submitted by publishers and authors, said David Mandelbrot, Yahoo’s vice president of search content.

Other participants in the alliance announced Monday include Adobe Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., the Internet Archive, O’Reilly Media Inc., the University of California and the University of Toronto.

Although Yahoo will power the search engine located at http://www.opencontentalliance.org , all the content will be made available so it can be indexed by all the other major search engines, including Google’s.

By joining the project, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo is hoping to upstage Google, which has a one-year head start on scanning and indexing books so more literature and academic research can be accessed from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Source: AP

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