Stories by Sharon Machlis

Hacker gets jail time for ISP break-ins

A computer hacker was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for compromising the systems of several regional Internet service providers, Harvard University and Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Study sees $US13b spent online this year

Online shopping revenue in North America will top $US13 billion this year, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group for the trade association, in one of the most optimistic forecasts yet for the nascent electronic retailing industry.

TV may force site tweaks

Electronic-commerce designers must already build sites that handle audiences with a wide range of technology available, balancing the needs of 28.8Kbit/sec, modems with T1 lines, for example, and version 2.0 browsers with more current ones.