24th January 2002 Archive
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Self-imprisoned suspect fires, re-hires lawyer
A day of hearings Wednesday at a federal court in San Jose, Calif. ended with accused Ebay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp re-hiring his attorney, and the government accusing the 22-year-old computer expert of secretly accessing the Internet in violation his pre-trial release conditions. Heckenkamp has been in custody since Friday …
Security 24 Jan 2002, 06:22
Something doesn't smell right
Antitrust watchdog group the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will hold a press conference Thursday to announce details of a lawsuit they intend to file against Microsoft and the US Department of Justice, Reuters reports. According to the group, both parties have held meetings and exchanged memos which have not been fully …
Software 24 Jan 2002, 07:46
Were they about to lose?
Something seems amiss in the Recording industry's copyright battle with Napster, as the labels have sought and been granted a 30-day time-out in the action, the Associated Press reports. According to the report, the labels will seek a settlement during the cease-fire. "Only Capitol Records and Virgin Records America didn't join …
Media 24 Jan 2002, 08:35
Steve Wozniak is launching a new wireless technology venture. For anyone who understands Apple co-founder Wozniak's pivotal role in the birth of the modern computer industry, this should be interesting news. However, neither Wozniak nor the venture capital firms backing the company, called Wheels of Zeus (wOz), are saying …
Data Networking 24 Jan 2002, 11:35
Relax - they've only demoed 2.5Gbps with a 50cm range so far...
NTT Corp, Japan's incumbent telco, claims to have raised the ceiling on wireless bandwidth, after achieving a peak data transfer rate of 2.5Gbps in laboratory trials. The previous highest wireless transfer rate was 1Gbps, but NTT's researchers believe they can ultimately take wireless communications up to 10Gbps. Given …
Data Networking 24 Jan 2002, 11:51
Says has enough money for next 12 months
Baltimore Technologies has secured a much needed cash lifeline with the sale of its content security business to UK software firm Clearswift Corporation for £20.5 million. The deal represents a tiny fraction of the £692 million Baltimore paid for Content Technologies at the height of the stock market boom in 2000. It will …
Security 24 Jan 2002, 11:53
Is that a light at the end of the tunnel?
Zetnet has confirmed that it has acquired the customer base of troubled ISP Cloud Nine. A statement on its Web site reads: "As of 24th January, customers of Cloud Nine Communications Ltd will be serviced by Zetnet following a successful agreement between the two companies regarding the transfer of customer contracts to Zetnet …
Media 24 Jan 2002, 11:55
Storage security "imperative" for 2002 - Yankee
Storage security will become an "imperative" this year as the adoption of Internet technologies undermines the comforting notion that storage networks are safe from hacker attacks. In an analysis of storage security, the Yankee Group concludes that security will become an essential aspect of deployment strategies as users …
Security 24 Jan 2002, 13:49
Reg and it-minds.com offer you the best in computer literature
Vulture Central has teamed up with IT-minds.com, part of the mighty Pearson empire, to bring you some top deals on computer books. Eagle-eyed readers will already have spotted the link on our new 'Register Services' menu bar. As a Register reader, you are entitled to a 10 per cent discount on any book from Pearson's Education …
Site News 24 Jan 2002, 13:56
Playstation mod-chip ruling is bad news for Brits
British consumers will be on the wrong side of the law for the first time if they buy overseas DVDs or computer games 'unauthorised' for the UK and play them on their PCs at home. This is the major implication of a ruling in the High Court yesterday over the sale in the UK of 'mod-chips' for the Sony Playstation. Channel …
Personal 24 Jan 2002, 16:58
Anyone smell a rat?
BT has shrugged aside news that it faces competition from a new company laying fibre optic cables along London's sewers. Urband - a joint venture between Thames Water and 186k, the telecoms business of Lattice Group – has already layed cable in the sewers around London's Docklands area. This year it expects to wire up the City …
Broadband 24 Jan 2002, 17:01
Updated DDoS attack directed against KPN
An online chat with the heir to the Dutch throne was abandoned after hackers launched a denial of service attack. The interactive event was expected to attract a few thousand people at most, but received three billion hits as soon as Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and fiancee Maxima Zorreguieta went online. PC screens froze and …
Security 24 Jan 2002, 17:15
From snail mail to Royal E-mail
The electronic transmission of patient's pathology results from labs to doctor's surgeries in the UK is to be protected using digital certificates from ViaCode, Royal Mail's encryption business. ViaCode digital certificates will protect the integrity, accuracy and confidentiality of patient information of the NHS Information …
Security 24 Jan 2002, 17:39
Cache, check or card?
After arranging a tete a tete between two representatives of the Linux kernel team and AMD, Gentoo founder Daniel Robbins has drawn some initial conclusions on the bug affecting Linux users on AMD Athlon AGP systems. Daniel concludes that neither side is guilty; that it isn't an AMD bug, more a feature; but he also recommends …
Channel 24 Jan 2002, 19:46
Windows Update workaround in the works
Research commissioned internally by Microsoft amongst its corporate users has highlighted an unexpected gripe, sources tell The Register. The number one Windows bugbear, is that there are too many updates. Not just to the OS (annual revisions of Windows mean that a newer version is ready by the time a large organisation …
Software 24 Jan 2002, 23:17