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What's Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS

The government's new cyber-security "Manhattan Project" is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what's going on, what's the point and what about privacy laws. The...

File-Share With Immunity: Go to Harvard

It must be the water at Harvard University. Illegal online trading of digital music files is running rampant in universities across the nation, but not at Harvard, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA, the legal lobbying group for the music industry,...

McKesson Dinged in Online Pharma Flap, 'Fueled' Addiction

Wondering where those illegal online pharmacies get their dope? According to the Justice Department, the answer is McKesson Corp., North America's largest pharmaceutical distributor based in San Francisco. In a deal with six U.S. attorneys, McKesson agreed to pay $13 million to settle allegations it...

Court-Approved Wiretapping Rose 14% in '07

Last year might have been a rough year for U.S. home prices, but growth in government wiretaps remained healthy, with the eavesdropping sector posting a 14% increase in court orders compared to 2006. In 2007, judges approved 4,578 state and federal wiretaps, as compared to...

Group Behind Misleading Robo-Calls to Voters Answers Some Questions, Ducks Others

Page Gardner, Women's Voices, Women Vote's president has apologized for any "confusion" caused by her group's anonymous robocalls to North Carolina voters. The nonprofit group responsible for a slew of misleading automated phone calls to black voters in North Carolina answered a few questions about...

Analysis: Despite Blogosphere Reports, RIAA Retains Legal Muscle Under Howell Decision

The blogosphere is celebrating a recent Arizona federal judge's decision that, at first glance, seems to portend the death of the Recording Industry Association of America's thousands of pending copyright infringement lawsuits against Kazaa file-sharers. But that's simply not the truth. In fact, the opposite...

Universities Baffled By Massive Surge In RIAA Copyright Notices

In the last 10 days, universities around the country have seen more than a 20-fold increase in the number of filesharing takedown notices from the recording industry, in an unexplained spike that seems focused on colleges in the Midwest. The spike is not matched by...

Phantom Obama Vote Appears on NJ Voting Machine

The mysteries keep piling up around the Sequoia voting machines used in New Jersey. This time Princeton University computer scientist Ed Felten has uncovered a phantom vote for Obama in summary tapes from three voting machines used in the state's February 5th primary in Pennsauken...