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The Courts

+ - RIAA Tries to Stop RICO Class Action 1

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Last month an Oregon woman, victimized by the RIAA for two years, retaliated by bringing a class action for fraud, RICO, malicious prosecution, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, misuse of copyright law, civil conspiracy, and other assorted wrongs, against the record companies, the RIAA, their investigators, and their 'enforcers', in Andersen v. Atlantic. The opening gambit of the record companies, the RIAA, and the enforcers (Settlement Support Center LLC), all of whom are being represented by the same law firm, has been to file a motion to dismiss Ms. Andersen's complaint. The RIAA's unlicensed "investigators", MediaSentry/Safenet, presumably represented by separate counsel, have yet to respond to the amended complaint. Ms. Andersen is the disabled single mother, who together with her 10 year old daughter, had been pursued by the RIAA for two (2) years, despite the fact that neither of them had ever engaged in file sharing."

+ - DoJ, states divided on Microsoft antitrust success->

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Rob (703254) writes "Computer Business Review is reporting that the US Department of Justice and five States have declared themselves satisfied with the antitrust enforcement efforts taken against Microsoft despite a further seven States maintaining they have had 'little or no discernible impact in the marketplace.' While the US DoJ and five States — New York, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin (The New York Group) — reported that the final judgments have succeeded in increasing competition to the benefit of consumers, seven States making up the California Group are not convinced."
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+ - Critical Security Bug in FireFox-> 1

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Gypsy2012 writes "This article from CNet says "A "highly critical" security flaw has been discovered in Firefox, which could allow a malicious attacker to gain remote control of a user's system, according to an advisory issued by Secunia." Looks like it's a good idea to make sure the 'firefox://' URI handler is not registered on your system."
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+ - Latest AACS revision defeated a week before releas

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stevedcc writes "Ars Technica is running a story about next week's release of AACS, which is intended to fix the current compromises. The only problem is, the patched version has already been cracked. From the article:

Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead. A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.

+ - Malware Hijacks Windows Update

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clickclickdrone writes "The BBC are reporting a new piece of malware is in the wild that can hijack Windows Update's functionality and bypass firewalls allowing it to install malicious code on users PCs. notes the new code was discovered by Frank Boldewin at in an email.

The attack utilises the BITS system but as ever, the best way to avoid it is common sense and an up to date AV package.

To be honest, I'm surprised it's taken this long to find a way to use Windows Update as a way in to otherwise secure systems."

+ - Vista sells 40 M licenses in 100 days.

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Gary writes "In the first 100 days since its launch in Jan 30 Windows Vista has sold an astounding 40 million licenses. Bill Gates gives the credit to accelerating consumer shift to digital lifestyles which has made it the fastest selling operating system in history. Surprisingly the more expensive premium editions accounted for 78 percent of Vista sales. With around 400,000 licenses a day new Vista users will take 8 weeks to beat Mac users, 4 days to exceed Mac sales and 3 days to exceed Linux desktop users."
Hardware Hacking

+ - AACS exploit and industry revenge

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Guzabi writes "Not a scoop, really, but ruud-o has published the (in)famous 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 some hours ago. This is actually a key that is part of the de-cyphering process for HD contents found on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. There seems to be a storm over this on the web (despite the code being accessible for months now) as AACS-LA is desperately trying to shut down sites exhibiting the code. Read the full story below and if you feel like contributing to world freedom, you know what to do ;-) number/"

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