The Buzz: July 23, 2001

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-07-23

Russian Code Jockey Busted

Dmitry Sklyarov had just given a speech the day before at the Def Con 9 security conference in Las Vegas last week and was packing his bags for a return to Russia when FBI officials came in and arrested him.

Sklyarov is a developer with Moscow-based ElcomSoft, which sells software designed to unlock encryptions in Adobes eBook Reader product, allowing anyone to read an online book without paying for it.

According to an FBI affidavit, Adobe last month notified federal investigators about the problem. Earlier this month, investigators saw a speaker lineup for Def Con that included Sklyarov. The name of Sklyarovs talk: "eBook Security: Theory and Practice."

Train Crash Derails Web

The crash of a freight train in a downtown Baltimore tunnel last week that shut down most of the city also knocked out service for untold numbers of Internet users.

The train was carrying hazardous materials, and the crash sparked a smokey blaze that knocked out power.

One company affected by the power outage was WorldCom, which saw parts of its UUNet Internet network shut down.

A WorldCom spokes- person said most of the impacted customers had Internet service restored within 24 hours after the crash.

Jobs Holds Court in N.Y.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was busy at Macworld Expo last week introducing Power Mac G4 and iMac systems and enhancements to Mac OS X.

But Apple did not break the 1GHz barrier with its professional G4 systems or introduce a new form factor for the consumer-level iMac.

The QuickSilver line of professional desktops is available now at 733MHz and 867MHz, and a high-end model is due next month with two 800MHz PowerPC G4 processors.

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