So there you are, lurking on IRC somewhere beyond the fringes of legality, and you're not sure if all of the software on your machine is entirely legitimate. Or, to paint a more realistic scenario, deep down you know that not all of the software on your machine is entirely legitimate.
Despite the prominence of the Linux versus Windows struggle, the issue of whether or not source code should be publicly available concerns much more than competing operating systems...
The ongoing spat between the open-source movement and its detractors is not really about some David-and-Goliath battle in which a big hairy giant is struggling to protect its monopolistic profits from honest, hard-working gearheads who just want to keep things all about the technology.
The recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision in the Microsoft antitrust case could ultimately give corporate end users the ability to pick and choose among some Windows applications that the company plans to integrate with future versions of the operating system, say some legal and industry analysts.
The IT security industry has been scathing in its attacks this week on the Cybercrime Bill 2001, labelling it "draconianand dangerous". Under the bill, which proposes seven new computer offences carrying jail terms of up to 10 years, it is illegal to possess hacker toolkits, scanners and virus code.
While he would not discuss details of the intrusion, Paul Citarella, vice president of marketing for the Atlanta-based company, said that the attack did not affect the company's operations "A minor incident did occur where someone leveraged a vulnerability in third-party software to access data that they should not have," he said. "All of our banks are up and running and there has been no fraud following the incident."