Stories by Margret Johnston

Study: Light cast on which countries are 'e-ready'

A Washington-based international consultancy on Thursday released its second analysis of the "e-readiness" of dozens of countries, concluding that business opportunities abound even though there has been little improvement over the results of the las...

Encryption to facilitate execution broadcast

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided to broadcast the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, but not without the assistance of encryption to ensure that only the families of the 168 victims will be able to watch him die.

PGP working with NSA on SELinux

A division of PGP Security has entered into a partnership with the super-secret US National Security Agency (NSA) and other partners to further develop the NSA's Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) prototype, PGP Security announced in a release on Mond...

Security hole found in FTP servers

PGP Security's Computer Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (COVERT) has notified three vendors that new vulnerabilities have been discovered in their FTP (file transfer protocol) server software, a PGP official said Monday.

Attacks on Fed computers continue to rise

The number of attacks and intrusions into US federal government computer systems is increasing at an alarming rate, and the United States has been lucky that so far none of these attacks and intrusions has been undertaken by a foreign adversary, gove...

Online music interests converge at Senate hearing

In the on-going squabble over Napster's popular Internet music file sharing system, the US Senate Judiciary Committee played the role of referee again Tuesday, hearing the concerns of a host of interested parties, including technology companies, reco...

Citrix links PDAs to apps wirelessly

Citrix Systems is showcasing at CeBIT its Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) client software that can be used to link mobile workers wirelessly from handheld devices to data stored on central computers.

Anti-hacker tool released to thwart Web attacks

The Center for Internet Security (CISecurity) has released a free tool to help plug vulnerabilities that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation last week warned were being exploited by Russian and Ukrainian hackers.

Court buys AOL claim to 'Buddy List'

A federal appellate court has affirmed a district court ruling that the terms "You Have Mail" and "IM" cannot be considered the exclusive property of AOL Time Warner, but sent the question of whether the term "Buddy List" is a valid AOL Time Warner t...

US Senate plans to call for Napster hearing

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says a hearing on the US Court of Appeals decision on Napster is needed to explore the possible implications of the ruling and to get an update on developments in the online music market.

Sun's McNealy takes aim at Microsoft

Sun Microsystems chairman and chief executive officer Scott McNealy Thursday said he believes Microsoft continues to leverage its monopoly in desktop operating systems by investing in an assortment of companies, including content and infrastructure p...

OZ Bluetooth developer shines at ComNet

Norwood Systems had kept quiet for several months about its wireless office network technology based on Bluetooth, but for the ComNet trade show in Washington, the Australia and UK -based company decided it was time to move into full-disclosure mode,...

Microsoft announces streaming beta, ISMA formed

Microsoft on Tuesday made a number of announcements regarding its streaming software, including the beta launch of Windows Media Audio and Video 8, as five other companies said they have formed an alliance to foster standards for media streaming over...

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