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Articles tagged with: legislative

Apple Sues Samsung In South Korea

Apple is bringing its latest lawsuit against Samsung to the electronic giant’s home turf, filing another patent case against in South Korea, in the latest in an ongoing spate of courtroom battles between the two companies.

Apple drew first blood when it sued Samsung over striking similarities between the Galaxy line, including the Nexus S and the Epic 4G, and its own iPhone.

Japan Raises Penalty For Distribution Of Viruses

Japan’s parliament has just enacted a legislation that criminalizes the creation or distribution of computer viruses, in attempts to make the Internet a safe place. The Japanese Government seeks to support the Convention of Cybercrime, a treaty that was ratified by 31 countries that proposes international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.

The new legislation makes the creation or distribution of a computer virus punishable by up to 3 years or 500,000 yen in fines.

UK eCrime Unit Arrest Men in “SpyEye” Plot

United Kingdom police arrested three men late last week who were tied with the SpyEye malware program that steals banking details. Two of the three men were charged on Friday and appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Saturday. Of the two, 26 year-old Paul Cyganoc, a Lithuanian living in Birmingham, England was charged with “conspiracy to cause unauthorized modifications to computers, conspiracy to defraud and concealing proceeds from crime.”

The other man, Aldis Krummins was a 45 year-old Latvian living on Goole, England and was charged only with conspiracy to defraud and concealing proceeds of crime. The third man was also 26 years old and whose nationality was not disclosed. He was released by police on bail but is required to…

Google Refuses To Censor Search Results For U.S. Government

The House and Senate are working to block websites that promote illegal activities such as piracy sites like thepiratebay.org. At the COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) hearing, SVP of Google, Kent Walker came to defend Google’s stance in search engine censorship. Congressman Goodlattes argued that a search for “free mp3 taylor swift” brought up a bunch of results from unlicensed sites, and a search for “watch movies online” led to a Google suggestion for “watch free bootleg movies online.”

Walker said that although Google was willing to help, many sites such as ThePirateBay do have legitimate aspects within their website and Google didn’t want to be the “judge, jury, and executioner” for websites. Walker went further in saying that Google doesn’t know which sites are authorized outlets for music and movies.