30th > June > 2001 Archive

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BT panicks consumers into getting more phone lines

BT is running a misleading and panic-inducing ad on its site in which running too many products on a phone line causes a fire.
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Green light for Euro data retention plans

The EU body representing the fifteen member governments has blessed plans which will allow police to demand ISPs and telcos retain transmission records for seven years. Currently ISPs and telcos retain the records for several weeks only for billing purposes.
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BT preps wires-only ADSL

Broadband users are to be given greater choice over which modem they use in the UK with the introduction of a "wires-only" version of ADSL from BT Wholesale.
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Hotmail, Yahoo! guard against virus-spreading flaw

Hotmail and Yahoo! have patched their web-based email services to guard against becoming vectors for the spread of mass-mailing viruses.
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If restaurants functioned like Microsoft…

This one has possibly been doing the rounds for a while, but it still tickled our fancy:
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Readers' Letters The death of Vulture Central

Down the years we've been accused of just about every sort of bias going. One minute we're doing a hatchet job on MS, the next we're Bill gates' running dog lackeys. You think we're anti-Intel? Not this week - they just bought the company.
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Ultimate in Internet security or anti-hacker hype?

A security firm headed by a former KGB agent has come under fire for claims its forthcoming products provide the ultimate solution to computer security problems.
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UK govt poised to embrace open source for PKI standards

The UK government e-Envoy, he of the Microsoft-only Government portal, seems to have got religion after all. In what unkind individuals might term one of the great u-turns of our time, an open source approach to PKI currently looks very close to being adopted for the second round of PKI interoperability trials, to be conducted by the UK Communications-Electronics Security Group [CESG] later this year.
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Type Me Your Password

Wireless keyboards are insecure and hackers can sniff-out every password you type on them.
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Network ICE hits back over Gibson jibes

Network ICE has responded angrily to claims by security consultant Steve Gibson that its product, BlackICE Defender is "lame" and claims that it is "actually good for something fly in the face of logic and reality".
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Network ICE CTO responds to further BlackICE criticisms

The CTO of Network ICE, Robert Graham, has been in touch to support his BlackICE firewall product following recent criticisms by security consultant Steve Gibson that it's not up to the job.
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MS patches Exchange 2000 email spy bug

Crackers could ferret their way into a victim's email by exploiting the way that Exchange 2000 allows users to access their in-boxes over the Web.
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Risk managers run scared of online cockups

Companies are frightened about the risk to their reputations when they embark on e-commerce projects.
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Miss World Virus finds few takers

Internet vandals have created an email-borne virus which attempts to trick users into spreading it by promising pictures of Miss World candidates.
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Michael Hauben, Netizen, dies

We learned today that Michael Hauben, who coined the term Netizen, died suddenly in New York on Wednesday.
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Hoax alert mimics real virus threat

Anti-virus firms are fielding a large number of calls after a message warning of a virus called SULFNBK.EXE began circulating in large numbers on the Internet.
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Why Hotmail could spread viruses even faster than Outlook

A flaw in the web-based email services run by the likes of Yahoo! and Hotmail makes them conduits through which mass mailing email viruses can rapidly spread over the Internet.
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FOTW Beware of Greeks bearing email

Microsoft! Beware of Greeks (reading maps)
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European police ill-equipped to tackle cybercrime

Europe's police forces lack the equipment and training needed to tackle cybercrime, Interpol claims.
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@Home's mis-configured proxy Excites hacker

A single misconfigured server exposed broadband provider Excite@Home's internal corporate network to hackers for at least three months, making its customer list of 2.95 million cable modem subscribers accessible to anyone with a Web browser and a modicum of cyber smarts, SecurityFocus has learned. An Excite@Home spokesperson …