Diebold, the electronic voting company and the subject of a recent Loose Wire column, have confirmed that they’ve decided not to sue folk who published leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting. AP reports (no URL available yet) that a Diebold spokesman promised in a conference call Monday with U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel and attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that it would not sue dozens of students, computer scientists and ISP operators who received cease-and-desist letters from August to October. Diebold did not disclose specifics on why it had dropped its legal case, but the decision is a major reversal
Here’s another bit of good news for the war on rubbish cluttering the Internet. Anti-spam activist Nigel Featherston has won a $250,000 default judgment in Washington State against a spam organization in Ohio known for sending millions of spam emails. This, according to his lawyers, could be one of the largest anti-spam awards in the history of the Washington spam law. Here’s the rest of the press release, which actually makes quite interesting reading.