Stories by Grant Gross

IT security lags five years on from September 11

Since terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, the US government has begun a robust, and oft-criticised, electronic-surveillance programme, but other IT-related security projects designed to thwart terrorism have made little progress.

Grid system drives eBay‘s expansion plans

A massive computing grid helps eBay make changes to its auction website on the fly while maintaining a 99.94% uptime, says Paul Strong, a research scientist with the company.

Investigator urges companies to report cybercrime

Companies that work with law enforcement agencies on cybercrime can get valuable information, including lists of hostile IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and information on new types of attacks, a U.S. Air Force cybercrime investigator said Thursday.

US gov't extends technical contract with ICANN

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has renewed its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to manage technical functions for the Internet's domain name system.

Microsoft commits to new competition principles

Microsoft Corp. will commit to following the principles of its 2002 antitrust settlement with the U.S. government beyond its end in late 2007, and in some cases, the company will expand upon those requirements, a Microsoft executive said Wednesday.

New VOIP-based phishing scam popping up

A new kind of identity theft scam, with thieves using easy-to-obtain VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) telephone numbers to trick Internet or telephone users, is beginning to pop up, said a cybersecurity vendor.

Internet pioneers warn of VOIP wiretapping problems

U.S. government efforts to require most VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) providers to permit law enforcement agencies to wiretap phone calls could introduce new cybersecurity problems to the Internet, a group of Internet security experts said Tuesday.

Three sentenced for 'warez' activities

Three US men have been sentenced to jail or home confinement for their participation in so-called warez online piracy groups, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Industry group releases RFID guidelines

A set of best practices designed to help address consumers' concerns about RFID (radio frequency identification) tags have been released by a group of technology vendors, RFID users and consumer groups.

McNealy pumps open standards, open source

Government agencies need to move towards open standards and managed services to cut IT costs and improve service to customers, Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said during his keynote speech at the recent FOSE (Federal Office Systems Expo) conference in Washington DC.