Canada A 57-year-old woman has died after taking pills purchased from a spam medication site. Marcia Bergeron was poisoned by anti-anxiety medication that was later found to contain traces of uranium, strontium, selenium and aluminium. The site she bought the drugs from used fake endorsements from medical agencies, according to Canadian newspaper reports.
UK Two Britons have been cautioned for using unsecured private WiFi networks without permission. Concerned neighbours in Redditch, Worcestershire, contacted police after seeing a man using a laptop inside a car parked outside a house. He was arrested and cautioned. A woman was arrested and cautioned in similar circumstances in the same town earlier in the month.
Norway The Liberal Party has formalised a resolution to legalise the sharing of copyrighted material for personal use, becoming the first mainstream European political party to take a pro-file-sharing stance. Scandinavian countries frequently lead opposition to copyright control - Sweden has the Pirate Party, which grew out of a protest at the closure of a file-sharing site.
Switzerland The government has launched harsh new anti-spam laws. As well as outlaw commercial spamming, they may affect legitimate PC users - failure to keep your machine clear of spam-sending bots is also seen as an offence. The law is intended to bring Swiss spam laws in line with other EU states, although 99 per cent of spam received by Swiss email users is sent from abroad.
US A survey has found that spam costs US companies more than $70 billion (£35 billion) per year, equalling $713 (£356 billion) per head in loss of productivity. The report by Nucleus Research found that despite improvements in both the levels of spam getting through to inboxes and the resulting loss of productivity since a study in 2004, two thirds of emails reaching US inboxes are still spam.
Netherlands ABN Amro has compensated four customers after they fell victim to a phishing attack. The attack used spyware to modify browser settings, thus directing the victims to a spoofed website whenever they tried to access their accounts online. The Dutch bank refused to disclose how much money was taken, but temporarily suspended online transfers to limit losses.
Pakistan Mobile operators have been flooded with calls after a prank message warned that a deadly virus was spreading via mobiles and had killed 20 people. Mosques in Karachi even made public announcements about the deadly virus. The scare later spread to Afghanistan, where fears escalated until several government figures appeared on TV and appealed for calm.
Philippines A news service has discovered a fresh spam threat, trackback spam. Filipino-hosted Newsbreak.com found more than 27,000 adult-content links had been posted. Trackbacks allow blog authors to track traffic to their postings. Spammers can abuse the technology to automatically connect themselves to postings on legitimate blogs, in order to misdirect surfers.