Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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When your phone rings, the copyright police may come calling

A digital rights group is contesting a U.S. music industry association's assertion that royalties are due each time a mobile phone ringtone is played in public.

Vendor squabbles cause W3C to scrap codec requirement

The latest rewrite of the Web's mother tongue won't recommend the use of specific audio and video encoding formats that could make it cheaper and easier for people to distribute multimedia content.

New Trojan puts sneaky twist on click fraud

A new piece of malicious software has been discovered that cheats Google and potentially other search engines out of money.

New Trojan puts sneaky twist on click fraud

A new piece of malicious software has been discovered that cheats Google and potentially other search engines out of money.

Report: Microsoft to sell Razorfish ad agency

Microsoft is planning to sell Razorfish, its interactive ad agency, according to a report in Monday's Financial Times.

Chinese registrars need rap on knuckles, expert says

A computer security expert is calling for action against two Chinese companies that he and other analysts allege are facilitating spam and cybercrime on the Internet.

Online banking device reads information from a screen

As German banks layer more security into their online banking procedures, security vendor Gemalto has launched a device it says makes completing transactions easier.

China remains spam haven due to 'bulletproof' hosting

An overwhelming majority of Web sites promoted through spam are hosted in China at service providers that many times choose to ignore complaints and allow illegal activity, according to research from the University of Alabama.

Adobe issues update for Shockwave Player

Adobe Systems has released a patch for its Shockwave Player to fix a critical vulnerability, the company wrote on its security blog on Tuesday.

Post-acquisition, MessageLabs harmonizes with Symantec

Symantec has taken a relatively hands-off approach with its integration of hosted messaging provider MessageLabs since its acquisition of the company in November 2008, according to MessageLabs' former CEO.

Cloudmark security suite addresses growing SMS spam

As mobile users are more frequently pestered by SMS spam, one security vendor is applying its experience in stopping e-mail spam for mobile networks.

EU progressing on information infrastructure policy

The European Union is refining a set of guidelines that would strengthen its ability to respond to computer security crises as well as ensure Internet infrastructure in member countries is more resilient.

Two years on, Estonia hardens its electronic defenses

Although the electronic attacks against Estonia are two years in the past, the small Baltic nation is still hardening its defenses.

Industry, military experts discuss murky cyberwar issues

Nations increasingly touched by cyberattacks are still in the very early stages of figuring out how to deal with incidents that could escalate into critical national security threats.

Dell offers range of Microsoft software for download

Dell is now offering Microsoft Office products for download, making it the first vendor other than Microsoft to do so.