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Websites fried, pay rises denied

Websites fried, pay rises denied

Statue of limitations: So it turns out the Republic of Estonia's Internet infrastructure was taken down not by the Russian mafia or Vladimir Putin's cybergoons, but by a ticked-off 20-year-old. Dmitri Galushkevich has been fined $US1640 (a year's salary at an Estonian McDonald's) for launching a DDoS attack that crippled government websites for several weeks last May. Galushkevich was retaliating for the government's decision to relocate a statue of a Russian World War II hero. Imagine what he might do if his parents grounded him for the weekend.

All Blue, all the time: IBM employees are surely singing the blues after the firm announced it's slashing the salaries of 7600 employees by 15 per cent. This comes after having paid $US65 million to settle a 2006 court case requiring the firm to compensate employees for overtime. Did I mention Big Blue made over $US10 billion in profit last year?

Broken records: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry - yet another in a seemingly endless series of music industry groups - wants to turn your ISP into a copyright cop. IFPI chair, John Kennedy, called on ISPs to "take responsibility for protecting content" traveling across their networks. I'm sure Time Warner and AT&T will figure out a way to charge extra for the service. As the IFPI was issuing this proclamation, Charter Communications was flushing the email accounts of 14,000 subscribers. Apparently the monkey they use to administer email hit the Delete key by accident. Charter apologised. The IFPI should consider doing the same.


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