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Government intervenes in warrantless wiretapping lawsuit
Early Saturday morning, the Department of Justice made good its threat to file a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by EFF against ATT over its collaboration with the NSA's massive program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

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Commtouch unveils image-based spam defense
Commtouch unveiled its new defense against spam containing pictures but no text or Web hyperlinks.

Verizon sued over NSA surveillance
Attorneys Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer claim the carrier violated privacy laws by turning over phone records to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for a secret government surveillance program.

US spy agency building database of every call ever made
After report says millions of Americans' phone records have been given to the National Security Agency (NSA), Bush says privacy is ''fiercely protected.''

Email bomber heads back to court
David Lennon, 18, used an e-mail-bombing program called Avalanche to send approximately 5 million messages to his former employer in 2004. The flood crashed the company's e-mail server.

Zombie master Jeanson Ancheta sentenced to 5 years in prison
Jeanson James Ancheta, 21, was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for using malicious software to seize control of 400,000 computers and then selling access to the zombie machines to spammers and hackers.

New York man to settle in Washington's first spyware case
Gary T. Preston, of Jamaica, N.Y., will pay $7,200 in legal costs and attorneys' fees. Investigators allege that Preston permitted Secure Computer's Web domains to be registered in his name and provided his credit card to make company purchases.

US demand for college wiretaps questioned
''This is totally ridiculous. I can't believe you're making this argument,'' Judge Harry T. Edwards told Jacob Lewis, an associate general counsel with the FCC. The federal judge criticized the U.S. government's demand that universities install wiretapping capabilities in their computer networks, saying he sees no evidence that Congress intended the intrusion.

Russian virus distributor convicted
Sergey Kazachkov, of Voronezh in central Russia, former lead guitarist for Kazakhstan heavy metal band DLM turned science student, escaped jail after been convicted of running websites that distributed an estimated 4,000 different computer viruses.

Corporate instant messaging on the rise
Postini filtered 7.6 million instant messaging (IM)conversations in April, an increase of more than 15% from March's 6.5 million, underscoring the continued growth of corporate IM.

Court slams former spam king over spyware
A default judgment against Sanford ''Spamford'' Wallace and his company, SmartBOT.Net, orders them to give up $4,089,500 in ill-gotten gains.

Hacker charged with stealing information from military
Matthew R. Decker, 21, was indicted Tuesday in Wichita, Kansas, with ''accessing without authorization'' U.S. Army computers and with ''unlawfully possessing, with intent to defraud,'' 531 credit card numbers and account information.







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