It's the early 1980s, and this IT is an enthusiastic rookie Cobol programmer who gets an assignment to collect user input and create a report for management. "My boss figured this project would keep me busy for a few weeks," says IT. "But that same afternoon, I delivered a finished, compiled program along with a hard-copy report matching the exacting requirements." The disbelieving boss spends several days analyzing the program and report, but finds no bugs or holes. Still, they sit on her desk for another two weeks because otherwise, she tells IT, "the user would expect this type of service all of the time, and we can't have that!"


A former IT systems auditor for a US government agency faces a possible five-year prison sentence on a computer hacking charge after secretly monitoring his supervisor's e-mail and computer use, the US Department of Justice said. Kenneth Kwak, 34, pleaded guilty today in US District Court for the District of Columbia to unauthorized access to a protected computer in furtherance of a criminal or tortious act. He was a systems auditor working on federal information security management audits and placed software on his supervisor's computer to view e-mail and Internet activity - communications later shared with others in his office, the DoJ said. Kwak faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $US250,000 fine.


In an effort to protect users of its Web site, Google is moving search records out of China and into the US. is a version of its search engine that is hosted in China and adheres to Chinese censorship laws. It was launched in January. The company has decided to store search records from the site outside of China in order to prevent that government from being able to access the data without Google's consent.

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