Mother traps paedophile with keylogging software, Symantec sued in China.

UK An unusually tech-savvy mother has brought a US sex offender to book by installing keylogging software on her 15-year-old son's PC. The woman used the spyware to discover that Jason Bower, 26, of New York was grooming her 15-year-old son for child abuse. She handed the data to police, enabling them to arrest Bower as he boarded a plane to meet the teenager in England.

FRANCE

An anti-spam project called Signal Spam has united public and private bodies in a centralised blacklist system. French email users can now report spam to the system for evaluation. The system is backed by the police, the justice ministry and the postal service. The system will also provide data to ISPs hosting spamming systems and opt-out information for users.

RUSSIA

The government has blocked access to online blogs used to organise anti-immigration demonstrations. The leader of a nationalist group, Alexei Mikhailov of Action Against Illegal Immigrants, told the press that posts to the Livejournal website were failing to appear. The move follows increasing racial tensions and a rise in extremism within Russia.

CHINA

A legal professional is suing Symantec for damage to his PC after a problematic anti-virus update. Liu Shihui, a solicitor from Guangdong Province, is suing Symantec for 1,644 Yuan (£109), following an automatic update of Norton Anti-Virus. The update reportedly identified two critical XP files as malware and deleted them, causing havoc for millions of PC users.

US

One of the world's top spammers has been indicted. Dubbed the "spam king" by investigators, Robert Alan Soloway, 27, has been indicted on 35 counts of fraud, identity theft and money laundering. He is also accused of constantly moving his websites to make anti-spam measures more difficult. If convicted, Soloway faces up to 65 years in prison.

HONG KONG

The island has become the latest place to adopt anti-spam laws, with the first phase of a two-stage process coming into force this month. The first phase bans the mass sending of messages for "unscrupulous activities" and fraud. The second stage is due later this year and will require mailers to include opt-out information and will involve a "do-not-call" register.

ZIMBABWE

Parliament has passed a bill allowing President Robert Mugabe's government to monitor phones, mail and the web to protect national security. Opposition leaders fear the wide-reaching bill will be used to breach privacy and curtail freedom of speech. Movement for Democratic Change legislator David Coltart called it a "fascist piece of legislation".

VIETNAM

Fishermen have unwittingly crippled the country's cyber-infrastructure by removing an undersea cable. The cable was one of a pair that provides around 80 per cent of the country's connectivity, and the missing 98km will cost at least £2.4 million to replace. The incident was precipitated by a 2006 edict allowing the salvaging of unused undersea cables.