Network Security Roundup for September 25, 2003

Stay on top of the fast-moving world of network security with ECT News Network’s daily roundup of breaking news.

TechNewsWorld: California Law To Ban All Spam24-Sep-03 16:46 ET

Story Highlights:“Sending the unwanted e-mail solicitations known as spam to Californians likely will become a lot more expensive, thanks to a new law that will fine spammers and advertisers as much as $1 million per incident. Described as the toughest law in the country, California’s rule has been signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis, who warned spammers and advertisers against using e-mail solicitations to promote their products and services.”

Full Story on TechNewsWorld

Wired News: Want PC Security? Diversify25-Sep-03 02:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Taking a page from agricultural history, a group of computer security experts this week blamed Microsoft for exacerbating network instability by fostering a monoculture in the PC world. In a report presented Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., meeting of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, researchers said the dominance of Windows, along with Microsoft’s rapid migration into the server space, creates inherent dangers for end users.”

Full Story on Wired News

The Register: VeriSign Slammed for Domain Renewal Scam25-Sep-03 3:53 ET

Story Highlights:“VeriSign has been rapped over the knuckles by the FTC for its calculated attempt to steal domains from competitors — a practice called “slamming.” However in a ruling by the government arm, VeriSign was found not to have broken the law and so avoided a hefty fine. It has however been barred from suggesting that someone’s domain is about to expire or that what is in fact a transfer is no more than a renewal.”

Full Story on Computerworld

The New York Times: Studios Move To Block Piracy of Films Online25-Sep-03 12:12 ET

Story Highlights:“While the major labels in the music industry squabbled among themselves about how best to deal with Internet piracy and failed to develop consumer-friendly ways to buy music online, the movie industry has gone on a coordinated offensive to thwart the free downloading of films before it spins out of control.”

Full Story on BBC

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