Trailrunner7 writes "After Microsoft's actions to take down the Waledac botnet last month, there was some question about whether the operation was much more than a grab for headlines that would have little effect on actual spam levels or malware infections. But more than three weeks after the takedown, researchers say that Waledac has essentially ceased communications and its spam operations have dropped to near zero. One researcher said that Waledac now seems to be abandoned. 'It looks crippled, if not dead,' said Jose Nazario, a senior security researcher at Arbor Networks."
chimpo13 writes: "My ISP, pair Networks, tells me
they'll remove my entire site if they get another DMCA request about
my posting 17
out of 600 questions from the MMPI. It's the same issue that
slashdot has posted
before. My problem is, the same attorney, Carl W. Covert,
Jr. from NCS Pearson, Inc., has sent my ISP two DMCAs about the
same page, two months apart, and pair hasn't had a customer who sent
in a non-compliance response.
With my first DMCA, I went to Chilling Effects and used a
boilerplate response. I had a copyright attorney check it before
sending it. The DMCA says they have 14 days to sue. I asked pair if
it was settled after 14 days went by and only received the "we
received your response and will respond". I figured if they ignored
that, then the issue was settled. After two months, I got another
pair removed my page for 14 days and sent an email saying that if they
get another DMCA they will remove my entire site. My site covers a
Star Trek band, Sacramento punk rock history, and a blog about riding
a crappy old motorcycle round the world. Now I'm in Korea, trying not
to fight with an ISP that I was happy with, over 17 questions. I know
the easy thing is to edit the single page, and I let most things
slide, but issues like this are one my windmills. Any suggestions? Is what pair is doing to me even legal?"
Geoffrey.landis writes: "We've been launching satellites for fifty years now, and for the first time, two satellites collided.
Tuesday at about noon, an Iridium communications satellite and a defunct Russian satellite collided an altitude of 790 kilometers (491 miles) above northern Siberia, creating a cloud of debris.
The international space station does not appear to be threatened by the debris, they said, but it's not yet clear whether it poses a risk to any other military or civilian satellites."