Stories by Grant Gross

To stop hacker attacks, don't rely on ISPs

Your Internet service provider isn't to blame if your company is hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack. That was the verdict of IT security professionals in a mock trial staged by Gartner at its IT Security Summit last month, in which ISPs were charged with not doing enough to keep subscribers' computers from being compromised and used as tools in attacks on corporate networks.

Qualcomm sues Broadcom over patents

Qualcomm, facing an antitrust lawsuit and two patent infringement lawsuits from Broadcom, filed its own patent suit Monday against Broadcom.

B2B retail hubs join forces

When the dotcom bubble burst five years ago, many business-to-business online marketplaces flamed out like so many bottle rockets. Now two of the survivors--retailing exchanges GlobalNetXchange (GNX) and the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE)--have decided to pool their resources, announcing a merger in April.

Voice over Wi-Fi on the way

Wi-Fi, despite opposition from vendors of competing technologies, will grow and add new capabilities, with voice over Wi-Fi services available in about two years, said speakers at the WiFi/VoWiFi Planet Conference and Expo.

VeriSign again wins bid to operate .net domain

VeriSign has won its bid to manage the .net registry, home to more than 5 million Internet domains, for the next five years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Thursday.

CA details sophisticated Web attack

A new "sophisticated" attack that uses three pieces of malware to turn PCs into zombies that can be sold to criminal groups has appeared on the Internet this week, security vendor Computer Associates International (CA) said Thursday.

New Bagle variants spreading

Three, and possibly four, new versions of the Bagle e-mail worm were spreading quickly on the Internet Tuesday, Internet security firms reported.

Tech firms call for US, EU cooperation on regulations

Conflicting regulations authored by the European Union and the U.S. government are increasing the cost of IT products and threatening U.S. and European leadership in the tech industry, a group of technology executives told a U.S. Congress subcommittee Wednesday.

Gates calls for end to foreign worker visa limits

Congress should do away with limits on how many foreign workers technology companies can bring to the U.S. under what's known as the H1-B visa program, Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman said Wednesday.

ICANN adds .jobs, .travel domains

Two new top-level domains, .jobs and .travel, will soon come to the Internet after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the two domains on Friday.

Linux vendors push for government customers

Linux vendors say they're gaining ground in the U.S. government, even though a session on open-source software in government drew a small crowd at the FOSE trade show in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Microsoft files 117 phishing lawsuits

Microsoft on Thursday filed 117 civil lawsuits against alleged phishers trying to scam Microsoft customers out of personal information such as credit card numbers.

Microsoft calls for patent reform

Microsoft executives on Thursday stepped up their calls for reform of the U.S. patent process, saying the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) too often focuses on quantity instead of quality.

U.S. lawmakers question telecom mergers

Three recently announced telecommunications mergers received mixed revenues in a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing Wednesday, with some lawmakers questioning whether the deals will lead to less competition and higher prices.