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IIS buffer-overrun attack has been scripted

A Japanese computer enthusiast named 'HighSpeed Junkie' has developed an attack script for a recently-identified unchecked buffer in the Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) Indexing Service ISAPI filter, which, if exploited, can yield system-level access to an intruder.
Thomas C Greene, 06 Jul 2001
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Win2K becomes a spam relay

A flaw in the Win-2K SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) authentication scheme allows unauthorized users to access the system using bogus credentials and bounce spam and death threats off unwitting users' machines with impunity.
Thomas C Greene, 06 Jul 2001
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Phoenix BIOS phone-home questions addressed

It's taken time and a number of e-mail exchanges, but we have got a preliminary response from Phoenix on the questions we raised in a recent story regarding the new PhoenixNet-enabled BIOS, which automatically connects users to Phoenix servers.
Thomas C Greene, 06 Jul 2001
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IP Telephony poised to take off, at last

Productivity applications will drive adoption of IP Telephony, according to Cisco Systems, which argues companies are at last ready to junk their PBXs and embrace a converged network architecture.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2001
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iomart mops up OnCue's punters

Scottish broadband outfit iomart has paid £200,000 to acquire more than 600 business DSL customers from failed start-up, OnCue Telecommunications Ltd.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2001

'Ballmer doesn't look like Uncle Fester' MS flack lashes out

The Register is saddened to have to report yet another instance of Microsoft giving preferential treatment to certain elements of the press. In today's Guardian Richard Adams (who we note has not been round to ply us with beers recently) writes that colleague Jane Martinson has received a complaint from MS spinner Mark Thomas for describing Steve Ballmer as "a chief executive who looks like Uncle Fester."
John Lettice, 06 Jul 2001

MS uk.gov deal wobbles as spin doctors seek revenge

Microsoft's cosy relationship with the UK government may be about to go critical, thanks to a combination of outraged Unix boffins and vengeful government spin doctors. E-envoy Andrew Pinder himself seems to be back-tracking like crazy on the Microsoft connection, while cabals of Whitehall techies plot the counter-revolution. But if the Redmond Empire is rolled back, it'll likely be WinXP wot won it.
John Lettice, 06 Jul 2001
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‘Bill Gates’ hacker escapes jail

A Welsh cracker whose "campaign" to expose the insecurity of ecommerce sites led to an FBI investigation has escaped jail.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2001
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MSN Instant Messenger still dead. But why?

Microsoft's Instant Messenger service is still giving people problems across the world - with those capable of actually getting on finding their contact lists are missing.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jul 2001
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BT mulls price cut for DSL

BT is toying with the idea of reducing the wholesale cost of DSL services in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2001
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Technophobia drives politician from office

A Dutch politician has quit his job after claiming he can't take the pressures of the wired world.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jul 2001
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AMD Q2 profits will miss forecasts by a mile

AMD has warned its second quarter earnings will fall miles short of forecasts.
Linda Harrison, 06 Jul 2001
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Marconi drops even further; everyone suffers

Marconi's shares are continuing to fall this morning. Down 4.5 per cent to 107.5p - the lowest for 20 years and then by 11am down to 104p. Shareholders are furious and are calling for the head of CEO Lord Simpson and his deputy John Mayo.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jul 2001
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iDesk ex-employees mount slagfest

Employees at iDesk are taking their own revenge on the company following its decision to axe 120 staff.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2001
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Nautilus resurfaces from Eazel wreckage

It's a terrible thought, but Eazel's demise may prove to be the best thing ever to happen to Nautilus, the software libre file manager.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2001
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Bright Station retags itself smartly

UK Internet group Bright Station plc has changed its name to Smartlogik Group plc, after securing £12 million to bail out the company.
Tim Richardson, 06 Jul 2001
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Europe should tackle home-grown Echelons, says MEP

A European Parliamentary committee report on Echelon has failed to censure Holland, Germany and France who are likely to be equally active in spying on their citizens electronically.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2001
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If you downloaded VirtuaGirl click here

Okay, so we wrote a story about VirtuaGirl this week. Now while you may be enjoying your two-inch-high lady dancing on your PC, the software does install a little bit of spyware on your PC.
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jul 2001
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Dot-commers to blame for anti-capitalist violence, says WTO boss

"Dot com types" are to blame for the violence at recent gatherings of the World Trade Organisation, according to WTO director general Mike Moore.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2001