Rampant Sober worm the most prevalent in May
Antivirus experts have published their monthly reports today, showing the extent of infections by the latest variants of the rampant Sober worm.
With its German and English bilingual capabilities, Sober P and N were clearly earmarked to cause havoc in Europe, and this is exactly what appears to have happened. UK company Sophos says Sober-N was the most infectious for May, accounting for almost 44 per cent of reports. ...more
Beatles set to end downloads resistance
The Beatles look set to end their resistance to online music sales and are currently in talks with a number of online providers. They are expected to sign an exclusive deal with one, Microsoft's is believed to be the favourite although it does not yet have a service of its own, before making their back catalogue available to all.
It appears that Real Networks are also in the frame, though its Rhapsody service has not had a significant impact. ...more
IBM and Adobe lock up PDFs
Acrobat 6.0 keys into IBM security software
IBM and Adobe have announced new security features that take advantage of Adobe's Acrobat 6.0 and IBM's encryption utilities. ...more
Foundations laid for UK digital rights body
NTK-founder and sometime MacUser columnist Danny O'Brien is leading a campaign to establish a digital rights organisation in the UK.
In the US, the Electronic Freedom Frontier (EFF) has achieved a high profile for campaigning against restrictive DRM, defending file sharers against the record labels and 'bloggers' accused by Apple of leaking trade secrets.
O'Brien's Oblomovka blog is asking for monetary pledges - 1,000 people are needed to give a fiver each month up to Christmas - to get an organisation up-and-running. ...more
Videoconferencing gets instant messaging
Messing around with video conferencing software can be great fun and now CUseeMe aims to make it even more fun with its instant video messaging software.
The latest offering of CUseeMe, v5.0, allows users to create a "buddy list", which notifies them whenever a friend is online. ...more