Stories by Ann Harrison

Alleged music pirate pleads guilty

The alleged former leader of a music file-uploading group called the Apocalypse Crew has reportedly submitted a guilty plea to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Accused file trader fights back

A New York woman, identified only as "nycfashiongirl," has become the first alleged illegal file trader to fight a copyright subpoena served by the music industry on her Internet provider.

Universities beat back RIAA subpoenas

A Massachusetts court recently ruled in favour of an attempt by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College to protect the identity of alleged file traders on their networks. The schools challenged subpoenas from the Recording Indust...

Apple breaks playlist sharing

Apple, the company that likes to "Think Different," followed predictable thinking and disabled its playlist sharing feature in the latest release of the iTunes software.

Apple reported eyeing Universal Music

Earlier this month, various news wires reported that Apple is considering offering $6 billion for Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group division. The speculation of such a deal drove down Apple's share price by 8.1% to $13.20 on the day the story...

StreamCast fights back

Attorneys for StreamCast Networks, which developed the Morpheus file sharing software, filed briefs in a federal court on Sept. 9 seeking a ruling that distribution of the Morpheus software does not violate copyright law.

Hackers' Delight: Security Holes Abound at DefCon

Unsuspecting attendees logging on to the wireless network at the Def Con hackers convention here last weekend immediately found themselves targets in the event's annual "capture the flag" hacking competition. One visitor found his machine pinged with...

Hackers - Naughty and Nice

"We apologise for the delay," said the Def Con press attache. "The CIA is caucusing in the men's room." Ann Harrison wraps up DefCon8, where the US Government's attempts to recruit from amongst the 6000 or so attendees added a touch of irony to the w...

MS Office paper clip not just annoying

The Microsoft Office Assistant, the talking paper clip that Microsoft has cited as an example of its software innovation during the government's antitrust investigation, has been found to include a security hole that allows attackers to take over a u...

IE users warned: Close cookie jar

Users of Internet Explorer on Windows platforms are being advised to turn off JavaScript to prevent their cookie files from being read by hostile websites.

FBI Investigating Missing State Department Laptop

The U.S. State Department said this week that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading an investigation into the disappearance two months ago of a State Department laptop computer that might have contained classified information. A departm...

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