TOKYO, Nov 4, 2010 (AFP) - Japanese police are investigating the online leak of apparent classified anti-terrorism documents, the government said Thursday, denying it spells a security threat to an Asia-Pacific summit next week. The more than 100 documents, dated 2004 to 2010 and including data from the FBI, give details on people cooperating with terrorism inquiries and on foreigners who appear to be under investigation in Japan, reports said. Japan's top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, said at a regular news conference: "It is something that the National Police Agency has been investigating with significant energy." "I would like to wait for the outcome of the investigation." Sengoku added that the government was confident the leak, reportedly via file-sharing software, "will not affect the security for APEC", referring to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Japan hosts next week. The documents include security measures the police took when a … [Read more...] about Japan police probe online leak of anti-terrorism documents
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Vietnam's biggest music websites will begin charging users to download songs, signaling progress in intellectual property protection in a country with one of Southeast Asia's highest piracy rates for digital content. Six sites that serve an estimated 23 million users, or about a quarter of the population, will charge VND1,000 (5 US cents) per song starting November 1, according to the Hanoi-based MVCorp. The fees will initially apply to about half of all Vietnamese recordings, and talks are underway with Sony Corp. and Universal Music Group Inc. to make more music available for download, according to MVCorp. and one of the website operators. "Changing the mindset of twenty-something million people does not happen overnight," Phung Tien Cong, deputy general director of MVCorp., which helps the Recording Industry Association of Vietnam manage recording rights online, said Monday in an interview. "As long as we ensure good quality and services, people will pay." The successful … [Read more...] about Nickel music downloads fight file sharing in Vietnam
Some Vietnamese Internet and informatics experts have expressed concern over the security threats from some websites powered by Baidu, a Chinese search engine and entertainment website, and have told local users to remain cautious against its services. >> Baidu found with malicious files in Vietnam A research team from the Hacker Vietnam Association (HVA) has recently found that the TTPlayer music player and HiPlayer video viewer, two software applications Baidu is trying out in Vietnam, are an adware program, or an illegal advertisement-generating software; and a trojan, which secretly hides on the host computer and can automatically download more viruses or malicious files to users’ computers. Both of the two will be automatically installed into a user’s computer before changing their homepage into an ad page without their permission, and opening a ‘backdoor,’ which will enable hackers to take control of the host computers via remote access … [Read more...] about Experts say beware of malicious Baidu files
With investors hungry for Facebook shares ahead of a hotly anticipated offering, the social network Wednesday unveiled a 25 per cent increase in the number of shares to be sold at the market debut. "This is definitely in response to very strong global investor demand," said Lou Kerner, founder of The Social Internet Fund. "US institutional demand has been good, the retail and global demand has been overwhelming." The move by the Internet giant comes one day after it filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission raising its initial public offering share price from a range of $28 to $35, to between $34 to $38 per share. A definitive price was expected on Thursday. Kerner said some Facebook insiders may be seeking to take profits now, because they might otherwise have to wait six months under SEC regulations. "The company itself is good with the amount of money that it's raising, and existing shareholders who do not want to get locked up for the next six months … [Read more...] about Facebook feeds hungry IPO investors more shares
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Trading in shares of Alibaba.com Ltd was halted on Thursday pending an announcement regarding its parent, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which reportedly plans to buy back the 40 percent stake in it held by Yahoo Inc. Sources told Reuters last month that Alibaba Group, founded by former English teacher and now billionaire Jack Ma, was looking to raise a US$3 billion loan, which it would use to buy back part of the Yahoo-held stake. The sources said Alibaba aimed to put together a group of 6-7 banks by early February. Thomson Reuters' LPC service reported last week that six banks - ANZ, Credit Suisse, DBS, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Mizuho Corporate Bank - were forming a mandated lead arranger group to back that $3 billion financing, citing market sources. Yahoo's stake in Alibaba Group could be worth up to $13 billion, based on the $1.6 billion paid for a 5 percent stake in Alibaba by Yunfeng Capital, Silver Lake and other investors in … [Read more...] about Alibaba.com shares halted; Yahoo update?