Stories by Grant Gross

Marketer hit with US$900,000 spam fine

An Internet marketer will pay a US$900,000 fine, the largest ever on spam-related charges, in a consent decree announced last Thursday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Four indicted in Nigerian e-mail scam

Four people have been indicted and could face 30 years in prison for a variation on a popular scam in which e-mail senders claim they're trying to transfer money out of Nigeria, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.

Coalition recommends new tools to battle phishing

Internet service providers (ISPs) and e-commerce sites can employ more tools to combat phishing scams, including "white lists" of legitimate Web sites and using false identification information to scam the scammers, according to a report released Thursday.

McNealy pumps open standards at gov't trade show

Government agencies need to move toward open standards and managed services to cut IT costs and improve service to customers, Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy said Wednesday.

Defendant pleads guilty in porn spam case

A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to spam-related charges in connection with a pornographic e-mail operation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

Patent showdown heads to Supreme Court

The "near automatic" injunctions that judges issue when a company is found to be infringing a patent hurt innovation, tech organizations are arguing as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a high-profile patent case.

Former US government IT worker guilty of hacking

A former IT system auditor for a US government agency faces a five-year prison sentence on a computer hacking charge after secretly monitoring his supervisor's e-mail and computer use, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

AOL sues big phishing organizations

America Online (AOL) has filed three civil lawsuits against major phishing "gangs," seeking US$18 million from the groups, the company said Tuesday.

RIM to judge: BlackBerry too important to shut

A judge should not shut down Research in Motion (RIM)'s BlackBerry mobile e-mail service in the U.S., even though a jury ruled that it infringes another company's patent, because BlackBerry devices play a "crucial role" in important industries such as hospitals, utilities and banks, RIM's lawyers argued in court Friday.

IT exec sentenced to eight years for data theft

Scott Levine, formerly principal owner of email marketing firm Snipermail, has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to theft of more than a billion data records, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

Internet neutrality law needed, Vinton Cerf says

The man often called the father of the Internet told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that the future of the Internet is at risk if Congress does not pass a law prohibiting broadband providers from discriminating against competing Web applications and computer devices.

Porn spammer pleads guilty

A California man accused of managing the computer system used to send hundreds of thousands of pornography-related e-mail messages has pleaded guilty to violating a U.S. antispam law.

Patent ruling forces Microsoft Office upgrade

Microsoft is telling new corporate customers to update versions of its Office suite and Access software package following a 2005 patent infringement ruling that required Microsoft to remove the patented software from its products.