In another potential blow to online publishing, a U.S. programmer says he has developed software that defeats the most advanced encryption features of Microsoft's Reader, a software program for distributing electronic books.
The programmer's claim was reported Thursday on the Web site of MIT Technology Review, a publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.
That's what a government official is saying today at House subcommittee hearing in San Jose, Calif., as Congress scrutinizes the government's current level of security in the wake of a series of recent computer attacks. "Virtually all of the largest federal agencies have significant computer security weaknesses that place critical federal operations and assets at risk to computer-based attacks," said Keith A. Rhodes, chief technology officer of the General Accounting Office (GAO), in testimony prepared for the session.
Microsoft said it would pull advertisements for alcohol-related gifts from its MSN Internet service, following criticism from the American Medical Association.
A book of beer drinking games, a ``microbrew kit,'' and other party products had been promoted along with chocolate cookies, makeup and ``Monty Python's Flying Circus'' DVD sets as back-to-school care packages for homesick college students on the MSN site....
Microsoft to Remove Drinking Ads
By DEANNA BELLANDI, Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -
Supporters backing Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian programmer accused of five counts of copyright infringement, declared war on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act at a fund-raiser for Sklyarov's legal defense on Wednesday. "This is a war being waged by copyright interests who see each opportunity on the Internet as an opportunity to change the meaning of copyright law," said Lawrence Lessig, director of Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society and author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.
Thousands of laptops, PDAs and phones lost in cabs. A warning message is being sent around the business community and to individuals to take care when on the move using laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones.