Stories by Grant Gross

MPAA files first suits against movie file-swappers

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Tuesday announced that it has begun filing lawsuits against people who use peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software to trade movie files without permission over the Internet.

RIAA files 750 new file-trading lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Thursday announced it has filed 750 new lawsuits against alleged file-traders using peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software.

Speakers debate RFID benefits, challenges

While speakers at the EPCglobal US conference Wednesday talked up the benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), analysts watching RFID adoptions said many US companies are still waiting to see a clear reason to adopt the technology.

Survey: 86 percent of spam from US

Just under 86 percent of spam sent to 1,000 enterprises between May and July came from U.S. spammers, according to a survey by CipherTrust Inc.

Net needs law enforcement, author says

The Internet is a "god-awful mess," but few U.S. government officials are willing to take action against virus writers, spammers and other scammers, author Bruce Sterling said at the Gartner IT Security Summit on Tuesday in the US.

RFID and privacy: Debate heating up in Washington

Privacy advocates and some lawmakers are pushing a debate over potential privacy abuses from the growing use of radio frequency identification chips as huge retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. move toward large-scale use of the technology.

DOJ sweep targets Internet piracy

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and law enforcement officials from 10 other nations seized more than 200 computers last week in an Internet piracy sweep.

Ballmer: Everyone has stake in cybersecurity

Everyone, from computer users to software vendors to government agencies, is responsible for cybersecurity, Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer (CEO) told a crowd in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

Major ISPs sue hundreds of spammers

WASHINGTON (03/10/2004) - Four major U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) are suing more than 220 alleged spammers responsible for sending out hundreds of millions of pieces of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the companies announced Wednesday.

Oracle responds to DOJ's antitrust lawsuit

Oracle 's attempted takeover of PeopleSoft would enhance competition, not harm it, the company argued Thursday in its response to the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the merger.

Dean profits from Web campaign

FRAMINGHAM (01/15/2004) - Among Democrats during the fall run-up to the presidential primaries, Howard Dean won front-runner status for his fearless firebrand criticism of President Bush's handling of the Iraq war. But even if the former Vermont governor fails to seize the Democratic nomination this summer, his use of the Internet has added a new rule for political campaigns: Make sure your candidate's website drives supporters to meet each other--and to a "click to donate" button.

Tech CEOs: Hiring offshore workers helps US

WASHINGTON (01/07/2004) - U.S. IT companies need to hire foreign workers in order to stay competitive in the global market, but the U.S. government could also help by passing laws that improve the country's education system and encourage spending on IT products, says a report released by the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP).