Pair jailed over virus plot

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Two hackers were jailed at Newcastle Crown Court today after admitting their role in creating a computer worm.

Andrew Harvey, 24, of Sherburn Village, Durham, and Jordan Bradley, 22, of Darlington, admitted to conspiracy to cause unauthorised modification of computers with intent, between December 31, 2001 and February 7, 2003, the Press Association reports.

Harvey was sentenced to six months, and Bradley to three months, according to PA.

They were part of a conspiracy which aimed to spread a computer worm worldwide. The court was told that while the worm did not cause widespread problems, it was capable of causing widespread disruption if the pair had wanted

Source: The Register

Google Adds RSS Reader Takes On Bloglines

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Google ReaderGoogle labs just released the latest beta project called Google Reader.

Google Reader is a web-based feed reader that helps you keep up with it all by organizing and managing all the content you’re interested in.

Google Reader makes it easier to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web. You can:

  • Automatically get the latest news and updates from your favorite sites.
  • Sort your reading list based on what’s most relevant to you.
  • Organize what you read with labels and stars.
  • Quickly share interesting items with friends via email or by blogging them, directly from Reader.

In order to add feeds to your list you can use the search box at the top of the screen to find new content. Enter a specific publication or author (e.g., New York Times or Dave Barry), or a topic or industry (e.g., gardening or nanotechnology), click “Search for new content” and you’ll get back a list of relevant content from across the web. Google Reader will search the sites and will search for RSS feeds. If you see something that interests you, simply click the “subscribe” button to add it to your reading list. Of course you don’t have to search for feeds; you can also directly enter the feed URL.

You can use labels to group things you’ve read that are similar to each other. For example, you could create a label for sports-related items or for everything from your friends’ blogs. To label an item, simply click the “edit” link next to “Your labels” at the bottom of the item view. Similarly, you can star an item by clicking the star next to it in the reading list. Click “Starred” at the top of the page to view all your starred items.

You can also label entire subscriptions by opening “Your subscriptions” at the top of the page and clicking the “edit” link next the subscription you want to label. Click the name of a label to view all the items with that label.
If you already use another RSS reader you can upload and import your subscription list as an OPML file. You can also export your Google Reader subscriptions list as an OPML file.

To use this service you’ll need a Google account (free).

Symantec Considering An Anti-Trust Complaint Against MS

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Symantec has made a complaint against Microsoft to EC anti-trust regulators over the software giant’s entry into the security market.

The “informal” complaint allows the Commission to consider whether or not an anti-trust case is merited. The Commission is the executive branch of the European Union (EU).

The news comes on the day Microsoft announced plans to begin offering business users an integrated anti-virus and anti-spyware product called Microsoft Client Protection. A beta version of this product is expected to be released by year’s end. The company is already offering some customers a beta version of its Windows OneCare consumer security software.

At issue is Microsoft’s plan to bundle its security software with Windows Vista, the next major version of the Windows operating system due next year.

Symantec CEO John Thompson hinted the company was considering an anti-trust complaint: “They can’t use their Windows monopoly unfairly, and the world will be watching. And we will as well.”

Source: TechWorld

LogMeIn Adds Native Mozilla Support

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3am Labs, the maker of LogMeIn, a free service that provides secure and easy access to PCs using a web browser, allowing viewing desktops, files and network resources, announced today full native support for Mozilla in its latest versions of LogMeIn, LogMeIn Pro, LogMeIn IT Reach and LogMeIn Rescue.

“As a totally browser-based service, it is important that LogMeIn provides customers a flawless user experience, regardless of what browser they are using on their local machine,” said Michael Simon, CEO, 3am Labs. “With full Mozilla support, it does not matter where they are or what type of computer they are using. Our customers will enjoy seamless control over their programs and data back at the office or at home.”

Users of Mozilla-based browsers can now install a plug-in for an optimal user experience. The software provides advanced features such as automatic clipboard synchronization, remote-to-local printing and automatic screen scaling.

No Region Codes For HD DVD?

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Engadget reports that in the “DVD Forum Japan Conference 2005″ held in Japan today, statement from Toshiba Digital Media Networks, Hisashi Yamada was particularly intriguing: “We’ve gotten a variety of opinions about region controls. Even in the Steering Committee, they are extremely unpopular; we decided to not put them in. HD DVD probably won’t contain any region playback controls.

Source: Engadget

Singapore Jails Bloggers for Racist Speech

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A Singapore court Friday sentenced two ethnic Chinese to prison for posting racist remarks about ethnic Malays on the Internet, in what is considered a landmark case underscoring the government’s attempts to crack down on racial intolerance and regulate online expression.

Animal shelter worker Benjamin Koh Song Huat, 27, was jailed for one month while Nicholas Lim Yew, an unemployed 25-year-old, was sentenced to a nominal prison term of one day and fined the maximum 5,000 Singapore dollars ($2,969) for racist comments against the minority Malay community.

“Racial and religious hostility feeds on itself,” said Senior District Judge Richard Magnus in passing sentence.

“Young Singaporeans … must realize that callous and reckless remarks on racial or religious subjects have the potential to cause social disorder, in whatever medium or forum they are expressed,” he said.

Lim and Koh stood in the docks with their heads bowed as they pleaded guilty to charges of committing acts “which had seditious tendencies to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races and classes.”

Lim had posted disparaging comments about Malays and Islam on an Internet forum for dog lovers in a discussion about whether taxis should refuse to carry uncaged pets out of consideration for Muslims, whose religion considers dogs unclean.

Source: AP

Any DVDs, Games You Want Cracked?

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If there’s some digital media you’d like to see cracked — a copy-protected DVD, say — then now’s the time to tell the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Copyright Office is conducting a periodic review of anti-cracking provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and is seeking submissions from the public.

In the last review, the office allowed the cracking of web-filtering technology to see what sites are filtered out; bypassing copy protection on computer programs or video games available only in obsolete formats; cracking ebook copy-protection to allow the blind to use read-aloud software; and cracking computer programs protected by hardware devices, or “dongles,” that are malfunctioning.

The copyright office will take written comments from interested parties through Dec. 1, addressing what copyright works should be exempted from the law’s anti-cracking provisions. Following the initial comment period, the office will accept rebuttals until Feb. 2 and then hold two sets of hearings beginning in April.

The DMCA forbids cracking of copy-protected or encrypted digital media, with certain exceptions. When the law was passed, Congress mandated the register of copyrights revisit the anti-circumvention section every three years to make sure consumers have proper access to materials they purchased — even if content creators have them locked down.

If the copyright office finds instances where copy protection prevents fair use of the work, then those copy protections can be legally circumvented.

Source: Wired

China crackdown on ‘dirty’ mobile messages

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China has ordered telecom operators to clean up the content of spam short messages spread on their mobile phone networks as part of an ongoing fight against “unhealthy” influences.

Recently, there has been a lot of dirt hidden in the telecommunication networks. The situation is serious,” the ministry of information industry said in a notice on its website Friday.

Messages containing text or pictures with pornographic or superstitious content such as fortune telling and sex chat are frequently sent to mobile phone users en masse, the ministry said.

This is in breach of national regulations that ban the production and spreading of such content, which has “polluted the society and spread very bad influence,” it said.

Throughout October, the ministry will check telecom companies for compliance and will prosecute those that breach the rules, Beijing News reported.

Source: AFP

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