Posts Tagged ‘theft’

Microsoft Apologises for Code Theft

December 16, 2009

Microsoft has apologised to social networking site Plurk after it emerged that Microsoft China’s Juku service contained a significant amount of code that appeared to be ripped directly from Plurk’s own service.

Word emerged via the Plurk blog yesterday that Microsoft’s Juku social networking service in China copied not only its design and UI directly from Plurk’s own, but that the code for the two sites was “eerily similar.” Plurk’s word on the situation was that it was, generally speaking, not too bothered by imitators, but when it came to Microsoft’s offering the whole affair was a little too much to let slide.



Microsoft Pulls Chinese Service Over Theft Claim

December 15, 2009

Microsoft has been accused by a company called Plurk of having ripped off its site design for its Chinese micro-blogging service. Microsoft has since pulled the service, seemingly confirming Plurks accusations.

The word comes from Plurk Labs’ own blog of Microsoft’s alleged theft, and there are no punches pulled. Instead, Plurk goes straight for the jugular and essentially lists exactly what it feels Microsoft has done and just how much of its service has been “stolen” directly from Plurk’s own service. In Plurk’s Dave Thompson’s own words,


Google Responds to Rupert Murdoch

November 10, 2009

Google has responded to Rupert Murdoch’s claim that his News Corp sites would likely block Google from indexing them once they move to a for-pay model… and the response is excellent.

news corp logo

Murdoch had, in the past, essentially accused news aggregators like Google of living off the content that companies like News Corp paid to have produced. Murdoch seemed to be of the opinion that Google should, for some reason, be paying news sites to display their content, rather than getting a “free ride.” This is what led to the claim yesterday that Murdoch might have his sites removed from Google’s indexes.


Pirates Spend More On Music?

November 2, 2009

Results of a recent survey have shown that pirates, that is to say, those who the music industry has effectively been witch-hunting, actually turn out to spend more money than most on music.

Pirate Bay

According to The Independent the results of the survey suggest that those guilty of infringing copyright by downloading music illegally spend an average of £77 (or €85) on music every year, while those who claim never to download music illegally spend around the £44 (or €48) mark. Moreover, the survey hit a wide audience, with 1,000 people aged between 16 and 50 responding.


UK Plan to Disconnect Pirates Faces Legal Challenge

October 30, 2009

The confirmation earlier in the week that internet pirates in the UK could face disconnection from the internet as a response to repeat offences has raised some issues with ISPs, who have threatened legal action.

Pirate Bay

TorrentFreak is reporting that, while there had been some how that it wouldn’t be supported, the disconnection of repeat offenders is set to go ahead as planned. The most interesting response hasn’t been from copyright groups, which are, unsurprisingly, quite supportive of an action with such a strong disincentive for copyright infringement.


US Government: All Music Downloads Theft

August 27, 2009

In a move that really does evince a kind of total disconnect from what’s going on in the outside world, a training website from the US Department of Defence has basically told all of its government staff that all music downloading is theft.


This is particularly worrying for anyone who’s been using iTunes to pay for and then download music, since the question of legal services for the distribution of music online seems to go completely unaddressed. Fortunately, the whole thing takes a running jump from a little out of touch to entirely ridiculous. The training page presents a “Knowledge check” for which users must answer multiple choice questions, the following is a particular favourite.


Identity Thief Grabs 130 Million Credit Cards

August 18, 2009

Often, when the threat of data theft is expressed, people fail to communicate the sheer scale under which these kinds of operations might operate. Admittedly, this is the biggest case of identity theft in the history of the US, but it’s indicative of the kinds of scales on which these kinds of operations can be carried out.


According to the report on the case, the accused Albert Gonzalez used SQL injection attacks to gain access to the data from Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven, Hannaford Brothers Co. and two companies named only as “Company A” and “Company B”. This information could then be used “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.”