ORBS, the anti-spam, anti-open relay server database, has had a controversial and clouded history. Set up as a database of servers that are open relay, and so can be used by unscrupulous spammers to hide their real addresses, ORBS has been attacked by ISPs in the past for listing them on the database, which is in turn used by many companies to block email from those servers, but this time may have been the last. Telecom and Actrix have taken ORBS head honcho Alan Brown to court over their listing. A judge ruled that they should be removed from the list and today, following another hearing, the ORBS website carries only the message: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the ORBS website is no longer available". Is this the end of ORBS or will it move offshore? Brown isn't talking and as the FryUp went out to the world neither Xtra nor Actrix were available for comment.
CallPlus founder buys 10% of Ihug
After attempted mergers with both Force Corporation and Sky TV, Ihug may have found a bed partner who won't give it the cold shoulder in the morning. CallPlus founder Malcolm Dick and his wife Annette Presley have bought 10% of the country's third largest ISP. Dick says he hopes to bring experience with a mature company to Ihug, something the ISP lacks, and hopes to take advantage of Ihug's great inroads into the Australian market.
CallPlus CEO buys 10pc of ihug - NZ Herald
Stuff - gets all excited and a bit carried away
Stuff - sheepishly re-writes the story
Echelon - it's real so encrypt everything
Don't tell anyone but our government is involved in a spying ring the likes of which the world has never seen before. We listen in on phone calls, read email and generally snoop on everyone and everything in the Pacific at the behest of the US, Britain and Australia. The Germans are less than thrilled with the whole thing, to say nothing of the French who are suing Britain and the US for allegedly handing over information gleaned from the airwaves on Airbus's bid in a contract that Boeing eventually won. Now the German chancellor says we should all encrypt everything we send to thwart the dastardly Western Alliance.
This is not the plot of some kind of new movie starring John Travolta - it's going on now and anyone who sends an email should at least know what's going on.
Individuals shouldn't fear Echelon - IDGNet