27th > May > 2002 Archive

Qwest exposes customer data

Kevin Poulsen, 27 May 2002

NAI to pull plug on CyberCop

ComputerWire, 27 May 2002

LG Philips raises LCD stakes

ComputerWire, 27 May 2002

Sony buys in InterTrust DRM technology

Digital rights management (DRM) company InterTrust Technologies Inc has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corp to pay InterTrust a $28.5m fee plus undisclosed future royalties to license copyright patents to use in its consumer electronics products. The deal gives Sony rights to InterTrust's 24 existing US patents, plus future rights to the 90 patents that are pending.
ComputerWire, 27 May 2002

Face recognition kit fails in Fla airport

Palm Beach International Airport security workers would be racking up heaps of overtime pay dealing with more than fifty false positives daily if their bosses were to install Visionics' terror-busting face recognition gear, the airport administrators have concluded.
Thomas C Greene, 27 May 2002

UK Government aims to track laptop theft via ID chips

The UK Government is backing a scheme to fit tracking technology to laptops and other items in an attempt to curb theft.
John Leyden, 27 May 2002

Nigerian fraudsters – let the games begin

Our piece last week on Nigerian 419 email fraudsters provoked a flurry of correspondence.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2002

Ratner to launch online jewellry empire

Gerald Ratner is looking to raise £4 million as part of his plan create an online jewellery empire.
Tim Richardson, 27 May 2002

SMS, word entry killer app goes hunting for Nokia

Howard Gutowitz, CEO of Eatoni Ergonomics, is that dangerous character, a Man with a Mission. For starters he's built a better way to do SMS, and is battering at the doors of the major mobile phone companies trying to attract their attention. But the Mission is broader (and simpler) than that, because if you think of search as being the key that unlocks the internet then obviously you can't unlock it for mobile devices without it being simple and easy for people to type in words. Now, just type http://www.theregister.co.uk into your Nokia. Exactly.
John Lettice, 27 May 2002

Axe hangs over NEC PC ops in Scotland

Japanese electronics outfit NEC is due to issue a statement later this afternoon concerning the future of its computer plant in West Lothian, Scotland.
Tim Richardson, 27 May 2002

Sheppey, Chatham, Sidcup – the UK's triangle of fear

If you've ever wondered how to tell whether or not you're a pikey (gypsy), look no further than this illuminating guide to another weed-tangled acre of the Garden of England.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2002

Laptop cops nasty holiday dose

Doctors at The Computer World, a new retail division of www.timecomputers.com have been battling to save a laptop which contracted a nasty case of crabs while on holiday.
Lester Haines, 27 May 2002

Apple ‘iBrowser’ insurgency denied by AOL techs

The most tantalising net rumour burning up the wires this week is the one about the Apple iBrowser. Heard it? It goes like this.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 May 2002

Security researchers warn of worm blitzkriegs

Security researchers are warning of the availability of more powerful virus writing techniques, which call for a more co-ordinated approach to combat next generation worms.
John Leyden, 27 May 2002

Anti-virus evals waste precious resources

George Smith, 27 May 2002

Intel plays gentle giant in euro-broadband push

Intel loves broadband. No it really, really loves broadband. In the US, Craig Barrett, Intel CEO is lobbying the Bush administration to promote a national policy to accelerate broadband rollouts across the country.
Drew Cullen, 27 May 2002

NEC jobs in Scotland safe

Some 155 jobs at NEC's PC manufacturing plant in Livingston, Scotland, are safe - for the time being at least.
Tim Richardson, 27 May 2002

Opera vuln gives up local files

A vulnerability in Opera 6.01 and 6.02 for Windows allows a malicious Web site to grab any file off a client's local drive with ease, GreyMagic Software has discovered. That's the bad news. The good news is that affects only Windows, and it's fixed in version 6.03 which is now available for download. Version 6.0 is not affected.
Thomas C Greene, 27 May 2002

MESH shuts Scottish PC manufacturing ops

MESH is to close its Scottish manufacturing operations, near Edinburgh. All production will now be handled from the company's Oxley, north London headquarters. It has not released the number of people affected by the move.
Drew Cullen, 27 May 2002

Klez-H is the worst virus ever – official

Klez-H is the worst virus ever, according to figures from managed services firm MessageLabs, which has blocked 775,000 copies of the pathogen since it first appeared on April 15. Klez-H overtakes the infamous SirCam worm.
John Leyden, 27 May 2002

Orange to launch flat rate GPRS mobile Internet access

Orange is to launch a flat-rate mobile Internet service in France this Friday.
John Leyden, 27 May 2002

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