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    Mental Illness No Excuse to Illegally Download Files, Court Says

    A Scottish court has rejected mitigating pleas of mental illness by a file-sharer convicted of copyright infringement, The Register reports. Although Anne Muir, 58, admitted to downloading 30,000 songs from a peer-to-peer network to boost her self-esteem, her defense attorney Lorenzo Alonzi argued his client was suffering from depression. “Learning this new technology and picking […] More

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    'Operation Payback' Results in 550 Hours' Downtime, 742 Interruptions

    The shadowy hacker coalition Anonymous’ most recent DDoS attacks against 11 organizations across the world have caused more than 550 hours of downtime and 742 service interruptions since the web assaults began Sept. 17, PandaLabs reports. The latest attacks that began Oct. 6 on the Spanish Copyright Protection Society, the Spanish Culture Ministry and Promusicae websites […] More

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    Highly Sensitive Info Available via P2P

    Peer-to-peer networks can be useful to increase the rate and volume of information exchange. However, this also has its drawbacks as two security researchers demonstrated at the ShmooCon conference over the weekend. Larry Pesce and Mick Douglas took a look at the information individuals send via P2P applications and found even the most sensitive information […] More

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    Bill Introduced to Ban P2P Applications on Federal Systems

    R. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, has introduced the Secure Federal File Sharing Act, which will ban peer-to-peer applications on federal systems. The move follows the recent leak of a document on an ethics investigation into members of Congress via a P2P application. The bill will require the Office […] More

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