Stories by Sam Costello

Spy plane incident leads to government hack

Two US government Web sites were hacked over the weekend, with at least one of the hackers posting a photo of Chinese pilot Wang Wei, who was killed when his plane collided with a US spy plane in early April.

Rambus trial gets underway

In what could be the first of several such cases, the trial in Rambus's patent infringement lawsuit against Infineon Technologies began this week.

Chernobyl to hit again Thursday

Chernobyl, a 3-year-old virus that devastated thousands of computers worldwide when it first hit in 1999, is set to become active again Thursday, according to anti-virus company Trend Micro. The virus, officially called CIH but better known by its mo...

'Matcher' virus fails to spread the love

Remember the song "Looking for love in all the wrong places?" Well, security firm Trend Micro Wednesday found yet another place where love is promised, but only trouble is delivered.

Microsoft security flaw can lead to DoS

Microsoft has admitted that a flaw in its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 1.0 can lead to a Denial of Service attack (DoS), taking Web sites and users employing the product offline until the server is restarted.

Vodafone announces location-based services, Google deal

Standing on the corner of Main Street and looking for a restaurant? On the bus and desperate to find out about practically anything? If you've got a mobile phone from Vodafone Group your problems could be solved, thanks to two announcements made Tues...

Net telephone company looks to p-to-p to avoid tolls

Tired of paying for phone calls? Convinced that PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone connections are too noisy, echo-filled and unreliable? Want to jump on the peer-to-peer thrill ride? Well, Free World Dialup, a new company founded by long-time telecommunication...

Napster claims labels trying to 'relitigate'

Leading up to its first court appearance in over a month, Napster released its third brief on Thursday, detailing its compliance with a US District Court order that it block copyrighted material from its service. With a hearing scheduled for 10 April...

Intel produces silicon using 0.13 micron technology

Intel is hoping to score bigger profits and hit higher chip speeds early next year by making its silicon, at once, both bigger and smaller. That was the message Monday when the company announced that it had successfully manufactured a 300 millimeter,...

RIAA blasts Napster for violating court order

There is no subtlety, no mistaking the position taken by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its latest legal brief: "Napster has failed to abide by either the letter or the spirit of this [US District] Court's Preliminary Injunct...

Napster to court: Labels are overzealous

In its second brief detailing its compliance with a judge's order to block copyrighted materials from its service, Napster said the record labels suing it have "placed a serious and inappropriate economic and physical burden on Napster, [resulting] i...

Apple releases new 733MHz Power Mac

Call it a case of addition by subtraction. Apple has said that in order to meet demand for its top of the line Power Mac G4, it would offer a new configuration, this one minus the DVD-R (digital versatile disc writeable) drive from the original versi...

DVD security compromised with new tool

The fight over DVD (digital versatile disc) descrambling and the legal issues involved will seemingly not go away, as the fight gained a new participant this week when a tool to help decrypt DVDs was released onto the Internet.

FBI: No Net user is immune to online fraud

The widespread adoption of new technologies has created new opportunities for fraud that any Internet user is susceptible to, a situation made worse by ignorance about the issue, according to a new study released this week.

Napster sued by EMusic and Grammys

Napster, the MP3 trading company already under heavy fire from the Recording Industry Association of America and its member record labels, is being sued yet again, this time by two new parties: EMusic and the producers of the Grammy Awards.

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