Law and Order
Congress has set its sights on spyware.
The House of Representatives on Monday fired off a double barrel of legislation to fight spyware.
It passed the I-Spy act by a vote of 395 to 1 and the Spy act by 393 to 4. The bills take different approaches against spyware. Spyware is unwanted software with which hackers, scammers and firms track computer users' activities.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Tecmo against NinjaHacker.net, a fan site where users who had reverse-engineered the company's XBox titles shared custom skins that changed the appearance of characters. In the most (in)famous example, the scantily-clad women of its Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball game were rendered completely nude. NinjaHacker's webmaster, Mike Greiling, and Will Glynn, who provided Greiling with hosting services, were the main defendants and have reportedly settled with Tecmo.
The trial involving the alleged hacking of a charity website set up to raise funds for victims of December's Asian tsunami disaster has been delayed yet again while witness reports are compiled by computer forensics experts.
Away from the computer, investigators said Jasmine Singh looked and acted like most any other 17-year-old.
In cyberspace, however, investigators said Singh was known both by his online aliases "Jatt" and "Pherk" and for his reputation as a hacker capable and willing to inflict havoc on computer systems of his or others choosing.
A Yemeni court on Saturday convicted four Yemenis of stealing $332,000 from Canadian oil company Nexen Inc. through Internet fraud, judicial source said.
The four men were ordered to repay 1.26 million Malaysian ringgit ($332,000) which they had transferred to Malaysian bank accounts after one of them, a former Nexen employee, hacked into the company's computer system in North America.
Two others were acquitted.