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Clinton Warns Countries Against Cyberattacks
Declaring that an attack on one nation's computer networks "can be an attack on all," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a warning that the United States would defend itself from cyberattacks, though she left unclear the means of response. In a sweeping, pointed address that dealt with the Internet as a force for both liberation and repression, Mrs. Clinton said: "Those who disrupt the free flow of information in our society or any other pose a threat to our economy, our government and our civil society."
Microsoft Patches Hole Targeted in Chinese Attacks
EC Approves Oracle's Takeover of Sun
The European Commission said that it had approved Oracle's $7.4 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems after concluding that it would not significantly affect competition in the European Union. The commission, the executive arm of the European Union, had begun a formal antitrust investigation in early September because of concerns that the combination could harm the database software market.
Security Concerns Threaten ICANN Meeting in Kenya
Unease following the arrest of radical Islamic preacher Abdullah al-Faisal threatens to jeopardise Kenya's chances of hosting a key global meeting to discuss the future of the Internet. Organizers of the March conference are currently evaluating their options following recommendations made by consultants sent to the country to assess the suitability of the city to hold the meeting.
Microsoft Attorney Proposes Cloud Computing Advancement Act
Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, urged Congress to introduce a bill that would address privacy and security issues associated with cloud computing. Specifically, Smith proposed the Cloud Computing Advancement Act, which would improve privacy protection, modernize the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to allow law enforcement to go after hackers and deter online crime, truth in cloud-computing principles, and a new multilateral framework to address data access issues globally.
Microsoft Sues TiVo Over Program Display Technology
Microsoft filed a suit against TiVo in a San Francisco federal court, claiming that the Alviso, Calif., maker of digital video recorders illegally uses technology related to purchasing and delivering video and the ability to display programming information. Both are seen as an attempt to counter an earlier suit filed by TiVo against AT&T, which uses Microsoft's technology in its television service.
Senators Want U.S. to Help Groups Fight Internet Censorship
Five United States senators are publicly urging Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to move faster to support organizations that are helping people in countries like Iran and China circumvent restrictions on Internet use. In a letter written by Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, the senators ask Mrs. Clinton to quickly spend $45 million that has been earmarked over the last two years to support Internet freedom but has not been spent.
Baidu Sues Register.com for Role in Cyber Attack
China's top search engine, Baidu, sued its U.S.-based domain name service provider Register.com after a cyber attack interrupted its web services. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court in New York, Baidu said it sought damages under the Lanham Act for trademark infringement, breach of contract and negligence.
Verizon Terminates Service for Some File-Sharers
Months after Verizon Communications began issuing warnings to accused file sharers, the company has acknowledged that multiple offenses could result in a service interruption. "We've cut some people off," Verizon Online spokeswoman Bobbi Henson.
Microsoft to Discard Bing User Data After Six Months
Bowing to pressure in Europe, Microsoft said that it would comply with regulators and discard all data collected on users of its Bing search engine after six months. John Vassallo, a Microsoft vice president and associate general counsel, said the company would introduce the changes over the next 18 months, aiming to satisfy a European advisory group that had been critical of how search engines collect and retain data on individuals for advertising purposes.
U.S. Security Researcher Finds Evidence in Google Attack
An American computer security researcher has found what he says he believes is strong evidence of the digital fingerprints of Chinese authors in the software programs used in attacks against Google. By analyzing the software used in the break-ins against Google and dozens of other companies, Joe Stewart, a malware specialist with SecureWorks, a computer security company based in Atlanta, said he determined the main program used in the attack contained a module based on an unusual algorithm from a Chinese technical paper that has been published exclusively on Chinese-language Web sites.
Samsung to Pay Rambus $200 Million to Settle Patent Dispute
Samsung Electronics and Rambus said that they have reached an agreement settling all claims between them and the licensing of Rambus' patent portfolio for all Samsung semiconductor products. Under the agreement, Samsung will initially pay Rambus $200 million.
Forbes Wins Domain Name, $300,000 in Russia
The Russian edition of Forbes has won the use of the domain name Forbes.ru and a record $300,000 in damages from a cybersquatter in a landmark court ruling, the magazine announced. Forbes and its Russian publisher, Axel Springer Russia, sued Landmark VIP Services, which advertises travel packages on Forbes.ru, for the unauthorized use of the magazine's trademark in its web address.
British Court Clears Web Founder in File-Sharing Case
The founder of a Web site accused of being one of the world's biggest sources of illegally downloaded music was cleared of fraud by a British court. Music-industry group the BPI said the verdict in Britain's first trial for online file-sharing was "hugely disappointing."
Google E-mail Accounts Hacked for Journalists in China
At least two foreign journalists living in Beijing have had their Google e-mail accounts hacked, a journalists' advocacy group in China said. The hackers changed settings so that all Gmail messages would be forwarded to unfamiliar addresses.
France Joins Germany in Warnings Against MS Explorer
France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer to protect security. Certa, a government agency that oversees cyber threats, warned against using all versions of the web browser.
Google Probing Role by Employees in Cyber-Attack
Google is investigating whether one or more employees may have helped facilitate a cyber-attack that the U.S. search giant said it was a victim of in mid-December, two sources told Reuters. Google, the world's most popular search engine, said last week it may pull out of the world's biggest Internet market by users after reporting it had been hit by a "sophisticated" cyber-attack on its network that resulted in theft of its intellectual property.
FCC Considers Alternative Plans for Net Traffic Rules
Federal Communications Commission officials have begun discussing alternative plans for regulating Internet-traffic management if a federal appeals court rules this spring that the agency doesn't have authority to control the way phone and cable companies handle traffic on their broadband networks. The discussions began less than a week after a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit panel sharply questioned the FCC's jurisdiction in reprimanding Comcast Corp. two years ago when the cable company deliberately slowed some subscribers' web traffic.
India Suspects Chinese Hackers of Government Attack
India suspects that Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to Indian government information at the same time as they have been accused of targeting U.S. companies including Google Inc., according to a report. The Times of London quoted India's national security adviser, M.K. Narayanan, as saying of the attempted cyber attacks on his and other government offices: "People seem to be fairly sure it was the Chinese."
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