It would appear that the German government is sending mixed messages when it comes to computer hacking. After passing antihacking legislation earlier this year to crack down on the sharp rise in computer attacks in the public and private sectors, the government is now floating a plan to develop and smuggle its own spyware on to the hard drives of suspected terrorists through e-mail messages.
Microsoft Corp. said it was on track to launching Windows Vista simultaneously worldwide. Less than a month ago it warned that antitrust problems could delay the launch. It had made changes to Vista to address the concerns the European Commission had expressed and addressed the concerns of South Korea
Security software vendor Symantec Corp. has complained to European Commission antitrust regulators about Microsoft Corp.'s entrance into the security business, setting the stage for a possible antitrust case against the Redmond, Washington, software company, the Dow Jones Newswire reported Thursday. The "informal" complaint allows the Commission to consider whether or not an antitrust case against Microsoft is merited, said the report, citing unnamed sources.