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The Internet

+ - Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout 1

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NZheretic
NZheretic writes "As the natural world meets the digital opportunities are opening up for artists to connect with new audiences across the world. However, with the digitisation of media the lines between use and copy have become blurred. Worldwide,laws regulating the act of copying have failed to keep pace with technology, however a few countries have attempted to pass very bad legislation to address the problem. In 12 days, the New Zealand parliament may pass an amendment to the copyright legislation that will require ISPs in New Zealand to cut off internet connections and take down hosted websites of anyone accused (not convicted) of copyright infringement. This same kind of amendment to copyright legislation has been rejected by the UK because of very complex legal issues wrapped up in enforced disconnection , by Germany because it is completely unreasonable punishment , and the European Parliament because the "cut of Internet access is a disproportionate measure". The Recording industry has proposed the USA and Canada adopt the same sort of legislation. It is now time to act and stop the spread of this abomination. Please, if you value your internet freedom, consider joining thousands of New Zealanders already against this law by "black"ing out your websites and web2.0 pages in protest against this unjust new law that may come into effect on February 28."
Security

+ - "First" OpenOffice virus emerges

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NZheretic
NZheretic writes "According to APCmag the "First" cross platform OpenOffice.org virus "SB/Badbunny-A" has been emailed directly to Sophos from the virus developers. It has not yet been seen in the wild.

Despite Sun's OpenOffice.org developer Malte Timmermann's claims to the contrary this kind of embedded scripting attack represents a real threat to OpenOffice.org users.

Back in June 2000 when Sun first announced the open sourcing of OpenOffice.org the twelfth email to the open discussion list put forward a two part solution for to provide OpenOffice users with Safe(r) Scripting using restricted mode execution by default and access by signed digital certificates. In October 2000 the issue of treating security as an "add-on" feature rather than a "system property" was again raised. Is it time to now introduce such measures to the OpenOffice.org Core to greatly reduce any future risk from scripted infections?"

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