September 24, 2008 |
THE STILL-HAZY story of the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin's e-mail account is an excellent case study in the powers and perils of digital communities and why it can be hard to tell which is which. I for one got caught up in the whirl of hype and slippery half-truths that surrounded this story, so I'm counting it as a teachable moment. Much of what we know -- or think we know -- about this story comes to us from its only primary source: a semi-anonymous written confession the hacker may have posted on an underground Web bulletin board.
September 18, 2008 |
Hackers broke into the Yahoo e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate. "This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them," the McCain campaign said in a statement.
August 21, 2008 |
One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer nonstop flights. The move could create a new stream of revenue for an aviation industry facing high fuel prices and other challenges. But it also could create new headaches as passengers retrieve sensitive e-mails and websites in confined quarters. It also could end a common excuse people have to avoid checking "urgent" e-mail requests from their bosses.
July 31, 2008 |
It happened with cigarettes. It happened with red meat. And carbs. And SUVs. And now it's happening with e-mail. The preferred communication channel of millions of Americans is no longer cool. According to a growing number of academics, "technologists" and psychologists, our dependence on e-mail -- the need to attend to a constantly beeping in-box -- is creating anxiety in the workplace, adversely affecting the ability to focus, diminishing productivity and threatening family bonds.
July 22, 2008 |
A fired Philadelphia TV newscaster was charged with hacking into the e-mail of his glamorous younger co-anchor hundreds of times for more than two years. Leaked information about her personal life helped lead to her downfall. Federal prosecutors say former KYW-TV anchor Larry Mendte, 51, gained access to Alycia Lane's accounts from home and at work about 537 times between January and May alone, and shared some information with a reporter. Lane, 36, was fired in January after the revelation of a series of embarrassing off-camera incidents, including a scuffle with a New York City police officer.
July 10, 2008 |
From Rose Mary Woods' tape recordings in the Nixon White House to Karl Rove's e-mails during the Bush administration, congressional investigators and political historians are forever seeking records of White House communications, often against the wishes of the sitting president.
June 20, 2008 |
Employers and workers Thursday were trying to understand their rights in the wake of a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that narrowed the circumstances under which a company could obtain the electronic communications of its employees. A three-judge panel held that the Ontario Police Department wrongly obtained the contents of text messages sent by an officer via a wireless provider, even though the department paid the bills for the messaging service. The ruling applies to California and other Western states.
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June 19, 2008 |
A federal appeals court Wednesday sharply limited the ability of employers to obtain e-mails and text messages sent by employees on company-financed accounts. The text message portion of the ruling, issued by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, will affect all employers who contract with an outside provider for messaging, as most do. Access to e-mail would be barred if the employer contracts out its e-mail service rather than maintaining an internal server to handle it.
June 17, 2008 |
A federal judge ruled that a White House office does not have to make public its records about millions of possibly missing e-mails. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The ruling enables the White House to maintain the privacy of an internal paper trail about its problem-plagued e-mail system. The suit was filed against the administration by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private group that has been trying for more than a year to find out the extent of the e-mail problems.
June 11, 2008 |
Cyber-crime pays. But selling counterfeit drugs apparently pays better. Some of the world's most prolific spammers used to tout products for a few pennies per million e-mails or con consumers into forking over credit card information. But these groups have found that the most profit and growth potential lies in actually shipping the fake Viagra and other products they're hawking, according to a study scheduled for release today by a top security researcher.