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Four indicted in Nigerian e-mail scam

Four people have been indicted and could face 30 years in prison for a variation on a popular scam in which e-mail senders claim they're trying to transfer money out of Nigeria, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

Samsung execs plead guilty to DRAM price fixing

Three executives from Samsung Electronics Co., the largest manufacturer of DRAM (dynamic random access memory), have agreed to plead guilty and serve jail time for participating in a worldwide conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Jus...

Defendant pleads guilty in porn spam case

A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to spam-related charges in connection with a pornographic e-mail operation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

Patent showdown heads to Supreme Court

The "near automatic" injunctions that judges issue when a company is found to be infringing a patent hurt innovation, tech organizations are arguing as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a high-profile patent case.

Former US government IT worker guilty of hacking

A former IT system auditor for a US government agency faces a five-year prison sentence on a computer hacking charge after secretly monitoring his supervisor's e-mail and computer use, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

AOL sues big phishing organizations

America Online (AOL) has filed three civil lawsuits against major phishing "gangs," seeking US$18 million from the groups, the company said Tuesday.

IT exec sentenced to eight years for data theft

Scott Levine, formerly principal owner of email marketing firm Snipermail, has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to theft of more than a billion data records, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

Porn spammer pleads guilty

A California man accused of managing the computer system used to send hundreds of thousands of pornography-related e-mail messages has pleaded guilty to violating a U.S. antispam law.

Patent ruling forces Microsoft Office upgrade

Microsoft is telling new corporate customers to update versions of its Office suite and Access software package following a 2005 patent infringement ruling that required Microsoft to remove the patented software from its products.

Japanese firm pleads guilty to DRAM price fixing

Japanese DRAM (dynamic RAM) manufacturer Elpida Memory has agreed to plead guilty and pay a US$84 million fine for participating in an "international conspiracy" to fix DRAM prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

Software 'pirate' pleads guilty to charges

A California man who operated a Web site selling millions of dollars of pirated software has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal copyright infringement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

Study: Big benefits from reduction of software piracy

A 10-point drop in the estimated 35 percent global software piracy rate would create 2.4 million jobs and US$400 billion in economic growth over four years, according to a study released by a software trade group Thursday.

Consumer advocates push for network neutrality

Would Internet users want to pay US$0.05 every time they visit Google.com, Yahoo.com or any other Web site? That's one possibility if the U.S. Congress fails to include strong "network neutrality" rules as it debates a comprehensive telecom reform bi...

Grokster shuttered in court settlement

Peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendor Grokster has closed down as part of a settlement in a 3-year-old lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. entertainment industry.

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