11th > April > 2002 Archive

Eight new IIS security holes exposed

There are eight new security stuff-ups affecting various editions of Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server), the most serious of which will enable an attacker to take over the system, MS revealed today.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Apr 2002

NAI ups bid for McAfee.com

ComputerWire, 11 Apr 2002

BT plans mobility services push

ComputerWire, 11 Apr 2002

Microsoft mobilises, as partners back .NET

ComputerWire, 11 Apr 2002
Broken CD with wrench

IBM mulls earlier launch for iSeries Regattas

ComputerWire, 11 Apr 2002

Rambus profits up

Rambus, the controversial designer of fast memory chips, produced profits of $6.7m for Q2, ended March 31 (Q1 $6.2m and Q2, 2001 $8m) on sales down five per cent sequentially, and 25 per cent down on Q2, last year.
Drew Cullen, 11 Apr 2002

EB UK waves through name change

Electronic Boutique UK shareholders yesterday approved the name change of the company to THE GAME GROUP PLC. The name change takes effect within three working days, and all EBUK stores will get a GAME makeover.
Drew Cullen, 11 Apr 2002

MS pulls the plugs on Hailstorm, pending rethink

Hailstorm, one of the cornerstones of Microsoft's .NET "bet the company" strategy, is no more - at least in the most ambitious of its advertised forms. As initially envisaged .NET was about Microsoft producing the systems that would allow delivery of services across to Internet to individuals, and Hailstorm, subsequently rechristened .NET My Services, was intended to allow consumers to access a range of services based on their own particular identity, anytime anywhere. But Microsoft has been unable to convince any of the providers of such services that it makes sense to do this via Microsoft.
John Lettice, 11 Apr 2002

mmO2 signs 10-yr deal with IBM

mmO2 - aka BT Cellnet - has turned to IBM to sort out its customer services operation in a deal worth £50 million in the first year.
Tim Richardson, 11 Apr 2002

How modular is Windows?

Is a stripped down version of Windows possible? In the Unsettling States' version of the antitrust trial (the full, unexpurgated version, as opposed to the DoJ's Antitrust Lite) Princeton University professor Andrew Appel argued this week that it is, basing his opinion on the existence of Windows XP Embedded.
John Lettice, 11 Apr 2002

Yahoo! increases! Q1! revenue!

Yahoo! Inc remains chipper about the future despite posting yet another quarterly loss.
Tim Richardson, 11 Apr 2002

Monitoring reduces security risks

Counterpane today released statistics to back its claim that customers of its monitoring services are far less likely to have their networks penetrated.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2002

Newmedia agency cleared of spreading worm

UpdatedSubscribers to a mailing list on news about 20th Century Fox received an unwelcome release yesterday when they were sent a copy of the Klez-E worm.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2002

ARM tools up for killer phone app – 3D games

ARM announcements tend to vary on a scale from dull to impenetrable, and today's - detailing a 3D graphics collaboration between ARM, Imagination Technologies and Superscape, is no exception. We'd categorise it as understandable but not very exciting. But it just so happens that The Register spent some time with Mike Grant of Superscape and Steve Evans of ARM at GSM World the other month, so we're in a position to realise that this not very exciting release is in fact about the killer app for mobile phones.
John Lettice, 11 Apr 2002

Europe elbows Internet content ‘blocking’

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to oppose the use of "blocking" as a way of regulating content on the Internet.
Tim Richardson, 11 Apr 2002

Audit trail dogs DVD+RW drive manufacturers

Numerous readers have contacted us pointing out that we were overly kind to DVDR+W drive manufacturers yesterday when we said they didn't seem to have specifically advertised that their products would be upgradable to be able to write DVD+R media. Well actually, yes they did.
John Lettice, 11 Apr 2002

UK plc ignorant of RIP Act

Awareness of the Government's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) remains low among UK businesses and ISPs more than a year after the controversial legislation became law.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2002

Give your password to complete strangers? No problem…

When it comes to password security UK office workers are extremely lax, according to an unscientific survey of commuters at a busy London train station.
Tim Richardson, 11 Apr 2002

Win-XP Search Assistant silently downloads files

Just over a week ago, while searching for a file on a Windows-XP machine, I was surprised to see the Search Assistant attempting to activate my Internet connection. It puzzled me because I wasn't searching the Internet, only my local drive. I was busy with other things at the time, but I made a mental note to look into it soon, which I promptly forgot to do.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Apr 2002