Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Email deluge to US House of Representatives

The IT staff at the U.S. House of Representatives is taking emergency steps in an effort to handle a fourfold increase in the amount of e-mail that has come in via the House's web site since Sunday, when the text of the proposed Wall Street bailout bill was posted online.

Survey explores cultural issues when work goes offshore

Companies that are globalising their operations or outsourcing work to offshore locations shouldn't overlook behavioural and cultural differences when developing their security risk-management plans, according to a survey of IT managers and end users in 10 countries that was released by Cisco Systems.

Woman fined $222,000 for music piracy gets new trial

A federal judge in Minnesota Wednesday ordered a new trial in a copyright infringement case involving a woman who last fall was told by a jury to <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&amp;articleId=9041018">pay US$222,000</a> to various record companies for illegally copying and distributing 24 songs.

Judge refuses to lift gag order in subway-hack case

A federal judge in Boston Thursday refused to lift a temporary <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&amp;articleId=9112159&amp;intsrc=news_list">restraining order</a> preventing three <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/action/inform.do?command=search&amp;searchTerms=Massachusetts+Institute+of+Technology">MIT</a> students from publicly discussing details of several security vulnerabilities that they found in the electronic ticketing system used by the city's mass transit authority.

Privacy, civil rights advocates castigate Wikileaks ruling

In the US, privacy and civil rights advocates are expressing their dismay over a pair of decisions made by a California District Court judge last week to shut down Wikileaks.org, a controversial Web site that allows whistleblowers to anonymously post corporate and government documents online.

The 2007 security hall of shame

How bad was 2007 for breaches, vulnerabilities and similar mayhem? On the bright side, it was better than 2008 is forecast to be. With more of every sort of meltdown predicted -- more criminalization of the hacker community, more Web-application attacks, more phishing, more spamming, more zero-day attacks and more virtualization-related threats -- we're happy to tell you that you are likely to look back on 2007 as the peaceful old days.

UK data breach could cost banks $500M, says Gartner

Banks in the UK could end up spending upwards of US$500 million to deal with the aftermath from the recent loss of computer disks containing bank account and other personal data belonging to about 25 million people, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Network engineer faces jail time for data sabotage

A former network engineer and technical services manager at the Council of Community Health Clinics (CCC) in San Diego could spend 10 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him last week of hacking into his former employer's computers and sabotaging patient data.

McAfee antivirus update wreaks havoc

A faulty antivirus update from McAfee Inc. that mistakenly identified hundreds of programs as a Windows virus has resulted in some companies accidentally deleting significant amounts of data from affected computers.

Microsoft beefs up security partner rules

Microsoft last week said it's now requiring that security partners be certified by one of two third-party organizations. The move marks the first time Microsoft has required that partners be certified outside of its own Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer program.