Overnight, I got a disturbing phishing e-mail, which unsettled my morning.
The e-mail, allegedly from Barclays International, warned that there was an attempt to access my account from an IP address that didn’t correspond to my mailing address. I knew the e-mail was bogus for two reasons: I don’t have a Barclays account and I couldn’t see how the institution would associate an IP and physical address.
My freakdom: The email had my correct home address.
According to a Cnet report, Apple has abandoned its efforts to force web news sites to reveal their sources for a leaked story about Asteroid, a putative Firewire audio interface.
I’m not at all surprised. As I posted previously, the company made a lot of mistakes in its efforts to get the journalists to reveal their sources. Most notably, despite O’Grady et al publishing what it claimed were trade secrets, it did not attach them to the case as defendents – which significantly strengthened their hand. The fact that the company’s filings were also not specific or exhaustive over its efforts to find the leaker without a subpeona sealed things.
The reason that I’m not surprised is that it was these mistakes, rather than arguments over what constitutes a trade secret and a journalist, that made Apple’s case fail. It could, of course, do some comprehensive investigation and return again – but it would need to be very sure of its ground, and I think that it’s just not likely to be worth the legal expense.