Malaysian Police Raid Blogger

KUALA LUMPUR ~ Malaysian police raided the home of a top internet blogger after he posted an article implicating the deputy premier and his wife in the murder of a Mongolian model, reports said.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, founder of the popular Malaysia Today site, said police officers questioned him and seized his computers over the article, “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell,” the Star daily reported.

The newspaper said Raja Petra was being investigated as a result of the article implicating Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife in the case.

Official ‘Suspended over Porn Hits’

TOKYO ~ A Japanese official has been suspended for clicking on pornographic websites 780,000.

The 57-year-old man, who has not been named, was allowed to keep his job despite accessing adult sites a massive 170,000 times in July alone – an average of 17 clicks a minute if he worked a normal eight-hour day.

He was suspended from his job as deputy head of the land registry division in Kinokawa, a rural city south of Osaka, for three months and demoted to a lower position, domestic news reports said.

Films to Hit iTunes

SAN FRANCISCO ~ Apple says it has deals with Hollywood studios to make popular films available for its hot iPods and iPhones via its iTunes online store as soon as the movies are released on DVDs.

Films available in the United States from iTunes due to the deals include Academy Award winners Juno and There Will Be Blood.

The roster of studios signed on with iTunes includes 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Apple.

Hackers Harpoon US Execs

SAN FRANCISCO ~ US federal court officials warned this week that hackers are emailing phony subpoenas embedded with malicious software to high-ranking executives to steal valuable corporate information.

Thousands of powerful US executives have received the bogus emails that contain links which, if clicked on, install software letting hackers take control of computers and swipe passwords or other sensitive data.

Internet security insiders refer to the attacks as “whaling” because they use social-engineering trickery involved in “phishing” but target individual “big phish” instead of casting nets in a sea of internet users.

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