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Hubby's sex site revenge backfires

A businessman faces ten years in a Malaysian jail cell after an attempt to humiliate his estranged wife on a sex Website backfired.
Linda Harrison, 05 Apr 2001
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S'kiddies find hacking BT all too easy

Hackers are exploiting the failure of firms to update systems even after falling victims to attacks.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2001
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Site owner confirms Apple Chicago store leased

The Chicago Tribune has added to the growing body of evidence that Apple is indeed building a retail outlet in the Windy City.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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Napster downloads rocket

Napster usage is on the increase again after its post-filter dip, online entertainment market watcher Webnoize has reported.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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SurfControl sales rocket by 200%

Filter führer SurfControl, the enemy of work slackers, porn addicts, and people who want IT information, whether its favourable to SurfControl or not, is doing rather well.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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Attack of the 13ft crabs

Just when weary Britons were anticipating a reopening of their ravaged countryside, a new ecological threat has emerged which could transcend even the foot and mouth crisis.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2001
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WindRiver buys BSD

Embedded OS developer WindRiver has acquired the software assets of BSDi, which distributes the server BSD/OS. Jordan Hubbard, leader of the FreeBSD project, joins WindRiver as principle technologist.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2001
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Lucent denies bankruptcy rumours

Lucent has denied market speculation, brought about by a collapse in the value of its share price, that it is about to file for bankruptcy protection.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2001
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Intel grants staff cut-price, cash-'em'-in-quick stock options

Intel has granted 80,000 workers the right to buy additional stock at the knock-down price of $25.69 a pop. The only snag: they might be better off buying on the open market - last night, the stock fell to $22.63 on Nasdaq.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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FT.com cuts jobs

Pearson - which owns FT.com - is to axe ten per cent of its new media staff in a move to cut costs and integrate its online and paper-based operations.
Tim Richardson, 05 Apr 2001
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Employer snooping code: don't eavesdrop on staff

Delays in the arrival of the code to set out employees rights regarding company snooping has been angering Unions.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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Linux worm attempts to take over insecure servers

The third Linux worm this year, which tries to exploit lax security on Web sites running the open source OS, has been discovered.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2001
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Samsung to make Quad Data Rate SRAMs

Samsung is backing the Quad Data Rate (QDR) high-speed memory chip standard and joining Cypress Semiconductor, Micron Technology, and NEC in developing the technology.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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Alcatel unfazed by AMD Flash suit

Alcatel has expressed its confidence that it will persuade AMD to withdraw the lawsuit the chip maker launched against it on Tuesday.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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Dell shrugs off hardware slump

Dell is super-confident of hitting its $8 billion sales forecast for Q1 - and that's what it told analysts at its annual conference in New York today.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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Thieves swipe third truckload of PC games

The European Leisure Software Publishers Association, the games industry's answer to Shaw Taylor, is seeking your help to track down an audacious band of robbers who've run off with three separate lorryloads of PC and PlayStation games.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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Users track down Apple's firmware RAM parameters

Apple's firmware fix for dodgy memory now appears to target ill-configured DIMMs rather than the SDRAM chips themselves, it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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Systems Union losses soar

This has been a significant and challenging year," Systems Union Group Bob Morton said in statement accompanying the accountancy software firm's results. Net loss was £106.6m, up from £2m the previous year. There has been a massive reorganisation of Systems Union Group - formerly an overpriced dotcom, the business now owns two channel-orient accountancy software firms, Systems Union and Pegasus.
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2001
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Cracker in ‘credit card Viagra sting on Gates’

A teenager hacker, who is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to stealing credit card details from a number of insecure Web sites, has reportedly claimed he sent a shipment of Viagra to Bill Gates using the Microsoft boss's own credit card.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2001
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Armed gang blag laptops – leave trail of green chillies

Mac and Tosh laptops, worth £500,000, have been snatched by armed robbers from Inmac's warehouse in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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Yahoo! signed to Sony, Universal digital music service

Why weren't Sony and Universal part of the digital music distribution initiative announced by fellow 'big five' recording companies EMI, Warner and BMG on Monday? Because they were working on a service of their own, which they effectively launched today.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2001
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MPAA believes all Netizens are criminals

There is perhaps no major figure in the copy-protection dispute more hyperinflated with irrelevant gaseous Sophistry and bizarre intellectual pretensions than MPAA President Jack Valenti.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Apr 2001

Cisco stops sales of optical router

Cisco is to stop making an optical router because of weak sales of the product.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2001
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How Reg reader outrage prompted Microsoft's Passport volte-farce

Updated Few of the hundreds letters we've received in the past week sum up the outrage that greeted Microsoft's Passport Terms of Use better than this one:-
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2001
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Blur's drummer was pro Napster

Blur's drummer Dave Rowntree has said he's all for file sharing and doesn't believe and record companies have lost money because of Napster.
Robert Blincoe, 05 Apr 2001
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SETI founder speaks about Intel P2P cancer project

The P2P cancer project launched earlier this week by the University of Oxford, Intel, United Devices and the National Foundation for Cancer Research set alarm bells ringing all over the IT community.
Linda Harrison, 05 Apr 2001
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Napster's heinous crime: independence

It seems that Napster will never be allowed to bend over backwards quite far enough to appease the entertainment behemoths who want to see it shut down permanently. In February we reported that the embattled company would introduce a copy protection scheme with digital rights management outfit -- and Bertelsmann subsidiary -- Digital World Services to use copy protection in P2P swapping, to inhibit burning MP3s to CDs.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Apr 2001
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Hacked? Call a lawyer

Network administrators tasked with investigating cyber attacks on corporate networks should consider adding a potentially strange and unfamiliar tool to their defensive arsenals: the phone number of the company lawyer. At least, that was the consensus of a panel of current and former law enforcement attorneys and corporate …
Kevin Poulsen, 05 Apr 2001
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CPRM creator blasts The Register

The scientist behind the CPRM copy control caper took a swipe at The Register in a lecture at Stanford University yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2001
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Pentagon cyber defense impaired – report

The US military's ability to defend against cyber attacks is hampered by a dearth of coordination among the armed services, and a poorly implemented alert system, according to a new report by government investigators. The report, "Information Security -- Challenges to Improving DOD's Incident Response Capabilities," was …
Kevin Poulsen, 05 Apr 2001
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Pentagon networks attacked 715 times in 2000

The US Army, Navy and Air Force combined suffered 715 cyber attacks last year, according to a report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) released last week. The Navy reported the most attacks, 387, with the Army slightly behind at 299. The Air Force suffered only 29 attacks in 2000, according to the report, 'Information …
Kevin Poulsen, 05 Apr 2001
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Top UK gamer abandons PC to bike across US

Keen to dismiss the image of game players as freaks and geeks, a top British online gamer plans to cycle across the USA.
Linda Harrison, 05 Apr 2001
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Take a bit of your driving test online

New Mexico has launched a scheme to let residents take the eye exam section of their driving test online.
Linda Harrison, 05 Apr 2001
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Effort to show Tim McVeigh dying on line

On-line funhouse Entertainment Network has filed suit in US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana seeking permission to Web-cast the execution of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh live, the company says.
Thomas C Greene, 05 Apr 2001