Monthly Archives: August 2003

Update: Blaster Kid

By | August 30, 2003

 The high school senior Jeffrey Lee Parson, arrested Friday for allegedly launching a worldwide computer virus, is a loner who drives too fast, AP quotes neighbours as saying. Court papers said FBI and Secret Service agents searched Parson’s Hopkins home on Aug. 19 and seized seven computers, which are still being analyzed.     In an interview with… Read More »

News: London Still Cool For Commercial Hotspots

By | August 30, 2003

 Is London ready for WiFi? ZDNet UK sets out, Michelin fashion, to investigate the capital’s commercial hot spots and find out if Londoners are going mad for the technology or need to wake up and smell the coffee. Their conclusion: poorly advertised services, bad login procedures, no onsite help, and very little sign anyone is using the services… Read More »

Mail: How Should Virus Writers Be Punished

By | August 30, 2003

 This from reader Mark N. Metz, CEO of Stop Piracy Now, Inc. I wrote about the just arrested teenager suspected of being the author of a variant of the Master worm: ‘Can’t help feeling sorry for the kid. He is going down.” Mark has this to say:   You’re kidding, right?  What if the kid’s worm took down a… Read More »

Update: Blaster B Suspect Is About To Be Arrested

By | August 29, 2003

 There must be at least one frightened teenager out there today. AP reports that U.S. investigators have identified a teenager as one author of a version of the Blaster worm and plan to arrest him early Friday (U.S. time). A witness reportedly saw the teen testing the infection and called authorities, an official said. The worm and its… Read More »

News: ‘RIAA Are Not Dumb’ Shock

By | August 29, 2003

 The RIAA are not dumb. That’s for sure. AP reports that court papers filed against a Brooklyn woman fighting efforts to identify her for allegedly sharing nearly 1,000 songs over the Internet, show that “using a surprisingly astute technical procedure, the Recording Industry Association of America examined song files on the woman’s computer and traced their digital fingerprints… Read More »