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MSN bug serves up porn

Note: the 'Magic Link' to the 'MSN Assport' referenced below has been updated to one which now works. The original had apparently been disabled shortly after we posted this story.
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Adobe Folds!

Adobe Systems has done an abrupt about-face under considerable public pressure in the case of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, who helped develop Advanced eBook Processor, an application which cracks the lame access controls on Adobe's eBook Reader.
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Code Red worm cripples US military sites

Fear of seeing its public Web servers taken over by the Code Red worm has inspired the US Department of Defense (DoD) to disable nearly all of them as a precaution.
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US Reps vote for Carnivore oversight

A bill by US Representative Bob Barr (Republican, Georgia), called the Department of Justice reauthorization bill (HR-2215), sailed through the House late Monday, strengthening the possibility that the FBI will finally be brought to heel by Congress.
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The Steve Gibson / Reg hack radio debate

The long-awaited face-to-face (OK, ear-to-ear) debate on the Win-XP raw-sockets implementation involving Steve Gibson and myself on the radio show Online Tonight with David Lawrence is available.
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Palm signs Intel, Motorola as ARM chip partners

Palm today announced it is indeed moving over to ARM's processor platform, and has signed up Intel to produce reference silicon for ARM-based PDA hardware designs.
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Egg has cracked online finance

Net bank Egg says its on target to break even in Q4 this year.
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MS bungs out first post-RC1 Windows XP build

Microsoft has bunged the first post-RC1 build of XP to testers.
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Lexmark warns of sales slowdown

Lexmark posted a three per cent rise in profits in Q2, but warned of a slowdown for the rest of the year.
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DVD Forum to stamp out region-crackable players

The DVD Forum, the movie and consumer electronics business-backed consortium that controls the DVD standard, has begun taking steps to eliminate Chinese-made players and drives that play fast and loose with DVD region encoding.
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White House Web site moves to Linux

Updated The White House Web site has been moved onto a Linux platform after its administrators managed to successfully side step an attack by the Code Red worm.
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Amazon on the way to profitability

Amazon.com looks as though it is fulfilling the Internet dream - drawing closer to a profit while continually expanding its customer base. Its second quarter results announced yesterday show that the online retailer has cut losses to $58 million, from $116 million this time last year. This time next year we may see it enter profit for the first time.
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‘Obsessive’ email claims cost Met £40k

A police civilian worker has won a £40,000 payout after being bombarded with emails by a male colleague.
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Track Data goes old skool and sells domain name

Updated Well, here's a bit of Net nostalgia for you. Financial services company Track Data has actually sold its www.tdc.com domain name to another company for - get this - $1 million.
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How would your IT career go if you lost your eyes and hands?

Have you ever thought about how you'd manage if you lost your sight and your hands? No, nor had we until a scaremongering press release landed in the office.
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SSH hits the fan for Unix admins

A password authentication vulnerability with SSH Secure Shell 3.0.0 could allow hackers to gain root access on Unix servers.
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Intel to ship 2GHz Xeon launch by 26 August

Intel will launch a 2.0GHz Xeon server processor on or before 26 August - the date one which the chip giant has pencilled in price cuts of up to 38 per cent for its other server chips.
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Intel's Server Roadmap

Intel's server processor roll-out programme remains broadly unchanged from the roadmap we saw early this year.

ICL does not abuse mainframe maintenance

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has thrown out a complaint that ICL violated competition laws by stitching up the market for maintaining the mainframe computers it supplies.
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Fellow Brits unite! As one behind Nora Batty

Word has reached us of an Internet war. No ordinary war though. This one turns every other war on its head and has us Brits pitched against former allies Australia and by default America. Even scarier than this, the French have decided to join in this time and they're supporting us!
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SuSE sheds German jobs

SuSE, the privately-held Linux distributor, is to shed 50 jobs in Germany, the company said in a press release yesterday. SuSE's US operation in Oakland, Ca. was scaled back to a skeleton staff in February as "30 to 35" jobs were lost.
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Bastard Satisfaction

Episode 20 Episode 20 It's rare that I'm ever excited by snail-mail, but this is an exception that just has the prove the rule. "You little BEAUTY!" I cry, waving the piece of paper around like a Get-out-of-Jail-Free card. "And to normal people that would mean?" The PFY asks, obviously bitter about having missed out on something. "Dear …
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Europe: Local loop unbundling delivers nominal benefit

It may well be a fairly nebulous piece of cable – which links customers homes from the main telephone network – but the furore that the local loop has caused in the UK recently has been on a par with "Son of Star Wars," without the glamour of George Bush though, obviously.
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Tech salaries tumble 6%

IT sales staff have seen their salaries rocket this year compared to the rest of the industry, a survey claims.
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Sun revs UltraSPARC II chips, cuts prices

Sun is squeezing revenues out of its successful but ageing UltraSparc II servers and today announced faster chips and lower prices for its top of the range server.
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New Napster bossman

German media exec Konrad Hilbers has been announced as the new chief exec of Napster. He'll take over from Hank Barry, the man brought in as interim head just over a year ago when VC Hummer Winblad put $15m in the company.
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Lucent to cut another 15,000 to 20,000 jobs

Lucent Technologies is to cut another 15,000 to 20,000 jobs in an effort to trim $4 billion off its yearly costs.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about PC security

Security clearing house CERT has published advice on how home PC users can protect themselves from the security threats posed by the Internet.
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AT&T Wireless sees 36% revenue leap

AT&T Wireless has announced a 36.5 per cent jump in revenue to $3.38 billion. The wireless arm of the telco giant, recently floated off, also saw earnings before interest, tax etc leap 50.4 per cent in Q2 to $765 million.
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AMD unwraps HyperTransport consortium

AMD has launched the IT equivalent of a Quango - a quasi non-governmental organisation - to steer the promotion and development of its own HyperTransport bus technology.
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Can you hack while getting a blow job?

Swordfish is a really terrible film. If you've seen the posters promising a tale of hacking and cyber crime, alarm bells should have been ringing. If you've been aware of pre-publicity that Halle Berry flashes her tits then you should know its time to evacuate the building.
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Is this the rival to Google?

We've spent most of the afternoon testing out a new search engine called Teoma. You may have heard of it but it seems unlikely. Only this month did it hit the search engine industry's consciousness (it first appeared in May apparently), so we suppose its techie sites like us and then the mainstream.
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Infamous porn site gets a hacker makeover

Updated The Stile Project, a gross-out comedy-cum-sex site that has grown infamous on the Net, claims to have been defaced.
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BETRAYAL! .NET clones and GNOME in the firing line

Veteran alt.os pundit Nick Petreley has turned his ire on Miguel de Icaza's Mono project .NET clone, suggesting it will legitimize Microsoft's divide and conquer tactics.
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Hardware site reports dualie Tyan issues

HWRoundup It's been a while since our last recce of the hardware sites. A long while. There hasn't exactly been a huge clamour for its return, but we thought we'd give it another short run, anyhow.
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Arrow Electronics to axe 1,000 staff

Arrow Electronics has added its own job cuts warning to the day's casualties.
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Logitech flogs 500,000 emasculated mice

It looks like there's still a healthy market for peripherals even though the PC business is super-sluggish. Mice mogul Logitech has posted Q1 sales of $177.9 million, up 26 per cent on last year's Q1 sales of $141.4 million.
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FBI becomes Copyright ‘911’

US Attorney General John Ashcroft bit the cybercrime hook dangled by media and dotcom giants eager to see taxpayer dollars spent cracking down on offences which they're too greedy to prevent with adequate access controls and proper network hygiene.
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PACT offers 80 Pentium4s on a 100Mhz chip

PACT Corporation will reveal more details about takers for its 'extreme' XPP processor at the Inquest forum in San Jose this week.