Stories by Grant Gross

Security vendor settles charges after getting hacked

Guidance Software, vendor of computer forensics and security products, has settled a complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which accused it of failing to take reasonable security measures to protect sensitive computer data.

Experts debate: Is DRM good or bad for consumers?

DRM (digital rights management) technology may actually be good for consumers because it could give them more choices for downloading or buying copyrighted content, some speakers at a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) event said Wednesday.

Groups call for investigation of Microsoft ad service

Two consumer advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), saying Microsoft and other web-based companies are using "unfair and deceptive" business practices to collect data about their customers.

More semiconductor execs indicted for price-fixing

A US grand jury has indicted three former semiconductor vendor executives, two from Samsung Electronics and one from Hynix Semiconductor America, for their alleged roles in a "global conspiracy" to fix DRAM prices, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

Social-networking site for opinion leaders to launch

A new social-networking Web site, aimed at "opinion leaders" in politics and other issues, will launch Thursday with a roster of members including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

Judge orders halt to Qchex online check service

A U.S. judge has shut down Qchex, an online check-creating service, after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complained the company creates and sends checks without verifying the customer has authority to write checks on the account being used.

Value of top US gov't IT contracts drops for '07

The value of the top 20 U.S. government IT contracts in fiscal year 2007 will be US$118 billion, less than half the value of the top 20 government IT contracts in 2006, according to a report released Tuesday.

Lawmakers grill HP's Hurd, Dunn

Former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn was assured that methods used by investigators to find the source of leaks from the company's board of directors were legal, she told a U.S. Congress subcommittee Thursday.

HP approves US$3.7 million severance package for lawyer

Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) board of directors has approved a severance package including US$3.7 million in stock options for its general counsel, who resigned Thursday amid a growing scandal into HP's conduct during an investigation into board leaks.

UK gov't security expert: Balance cybersecurity risks

Governments and businesses face a variety of cybersecurity threats, but they also need to allow for increasing demands from computer users across the globe, the former information security advisor for the U.K. Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

Former WorldCom CEO to report to prison

WASHINGTON: Former WorldCom CEO, Bernard Ebbers, will this week start a 25-year sentence related to his role in the accounting misstatements that led to the telecommunications giant's bankruptcy.

VeriSign, critics gear up for ICANN hearing

A VeriSign official defended its contract to operate the .com domain Monday, after Network Solutions accused the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of not requiring adequate security safeguards in its registry agreements.

US man pleads guilty to copyright theft

An Erie, Pennsylvania, man involved in a BitTorrent peer-to-peer network has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and faces up to five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

Software pirate gets record sentence

A U.S. judge on Friday sentenced the owner and operator of to 87 months in prison, the longest sentence ever given for software piracy, according to a software trade group.

Intrado tests VOIP E911 fix

Intrado, a vendor of emergency dialing technology, has conducted a successful trial of using E911 emergency dialing capabilities with mobile VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) phones, the company said.