Arrest Made In Internet Attack
Authorities have arrested a juvenile in connection with the release of a variant of the "Blaster" computer worm. Thousands of computers worldwide were affected by the worm last month. This is the second arrest stemming from the release of variants of the worm. However, investigators have yet to determine who authored the main version. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle says the arrest is for an act of juvenile delinquency based on intentionally causing damage to protected computers.
Recording Industry Drops Suit Against Grandmother
The recording industry has withdrawn a copyright infringement lawsuit against a 65-year-old grandmother who said she was wrongly accused of downloading and using song-sharing network. Sarah Seabury Ward was one of 261 people sued this month by the recording industry for allegedly sharing copyrighted music using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems. The Recording Industry Association of America charged Ward with sharing songs using the KaZaA file-sharing software, even though she owns only a Macintosh computer which cannot run KaZaA. Opponents say the RIAA sued Ward solely on the basis of "screen shots" from the KaZaA network and information obtained from a subpoena issued to Comcast, Ward's Internet service provider. In a Sept. 19 letter to Ward's defense attorney, Jeffrey Beeler, the RIAA said it decided to dismiss the lawsuit as a gesture of good faith. The letter said the RIAA reserved the right to refile the complaint against Ward if and when circumstances warrant.