Stories by Sam Costello

SDMI cracked? Academics say yes, SDMI says no

Though a team of researchers based at Princeton and Rice Universities, as well as Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), announced this week that they had successfully cracked the encryption system designed to prevent piracy in the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), an SDMI member involved in the testing process says that a full crack has not yet been achieved.

ICANN unveils final list of new TLDs

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body charged with overseeing the creation of Internet domain names and with resolving domain name disputes, has unveiled the list of the new proposed top level domain (TLD) names.

Suspect Arrested in NASA Hack

A man charged with hacking into US government computers is being held in a federal jail in Los Angeles. Jason Diekman, a 20-year-old resident of Mission Viejo, California, is being charged with gaining unauthorised access to government computers in hacking incidents involving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), as well as computers at, among others, Stanford, Harvard and Cornell universities.

Industry digital music standard wobbles on

After two years of proposals, meetings and controversy, the Secure Digital Music Initiative -- SDMI -- may soon become a major player in the Internet music arena. The technology is nearly ready for the market, according to Leonardo Chiariglione, the executive director of SDMI, and is already available, in an early form, in some devices.

Some hackers say no thanks to SDMI challenge

Surely you've heard the one about the fox guarding the hen house? Well, what if the hens asked the fox to try and break into their house so that they could learn how to better protect themselves? Strange as it may sound, that's exactly what the creators of SDMI, the Secure Digital Music Initiative, are doing.

MP3.Com to Resume My.MP3.Com Service

BOSTON (09/08/2000) - Only two days after a judge found the company guilty of "willfully infringing" the Universal Music Group's copyrights, Internet music company Inc. announced that it will relaunch its service starting in a few weeks.