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Dangers of the Google tool bar exposed

A series of attacks based on a flaw in the way the Google tool bar uses URLs to alter browser settings has been described by Israeli security outfit GreyMagic Software.
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Trio of bugs bite MS Content Management Server

A trio of vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Content Management Server (MCMS) has come to light, the most serious of which potentially allows attackers to gain control of victim's machines.
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WorldCom accounting disaster doubles

Embattled telecoms monstrosity WorldCom has just announced the discovery of an additional $3.3 billion minrepresented in falsified financial reports, adding to the $3.6 billion scam revealed earlier in which operating expenses were slyly listed as capital expenses.
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EFF pimps X-Box cracker ‘victory’

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce that former MIT doctoral student Andrew 'Bunnie' Huang will present a paper explaining a security flaw in the Microsoft Xbox (TM) videogame system," a recent press release begins.
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Web pornographer hacks bin Laden

The Western intelligence establishment must be dancing for joy knowing that Internet pornographer Jon Messner has managed to infiltrate the shadowy world of al-Qaeda cyberterror involving a Web site called Al Neda.
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Covad DSL business shrinks

Santa Clara, California-based Covad Communications Group Inc yesterday said its DSL subscriber base shrunk in the second quarter as the company deals with a wholesale business that has bankrupt resellers. Despite this, the company said it managed to reduce its losses in the three months to June 30. The company reported a …
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Go Daddy launches budget domain biz

Bob Parsons, president of domain name industry success story Go Daddy Software Inc, has launched a sister company aimed at extending the same deep-discounted domain services to a wider channel, Kevin Murphy writes. Wild West Domains Inc, the new venture, said this week that it has recruited 1,600 resellers in the first …
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Quantum scores Sun OEM tape deal

Quantum Corp has scored an OEM deal with Sun Microsystems Inc for its tape drives, and is claiming a boosted relationship with IBM. The deal with Sun will see Quantum's midrange tape libraries re-badged as Sun equipment. This is the first OEM relationship Quantum has had with Sun, and its announcement comes very hard on …

Sybase to support Microsoft .NET with PowerBuilder

Sybase Inc has outlined its strategy for supporting the Microsoft .NET framework, announcing that its PowerBuilder development tool will interoperate with .NET. The Dublin, California-based firm, which announced the availability of the beta version of PowerBuilder 9.0 at its annual user conference in San Diego earlier this …
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Subsidiary drawn into C&W-Akamai court battle

Cable & Wireless Plc has added another patent infringement lawsuit to the seemingly endless barrage of litigation between itself and Akamai Technologies Inc, Kevin Murphy writes. In a complaint filed this week in San Francisco, the company also listed Akamai spin-off Sockeye Networks Inc as a defendant.
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Bankers to decide if Qwest will survive

A group of New York bankers will decide next week whether to give Qwest Communications International Inc a financial lifeline or leave the debt-laden carrier, at the center of a revenue recognition scandal, to slide into bankruptcy. After recording a second-quarter loss of $1.1bn, and forecasting that revenue this year …
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Handset shortages delay Vodafone 3G rollout

Vodafone is to sell dual mode 3G handsets in Japan only this year, citing shortages, according to the FT,
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Microsoft ‘hoovers millions’ from UK schools – update

Bob Blizzard, the Waveney, Suffolk MP who is campaigning against 'unfair' Microsoft licence terms for schools, has published an email from the software giant, replying to his complaints.
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OECD updates network security guidelines

The Organisation For Economic Co-Operation And Development (OECD) this week released a set of guidelines for information security aimed at creating a "culture of security" among government and business in the wake of last year's September 11 attacks.
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‘Safe’ web still wide open – Windows sleuth

Professor David Martin and Andrew Schulman - the latter best known for his Windows forensics - have updated their analysis of SafeWeb's privacy browsing system, and say it still leaves users "sitting ducks".
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Amiga revs OS, wins more phone blessings

The rejuvenated Amiga company, Amiga Inc., this week released the a feature list for the latest version of its OS, bringing support for the recent hardware to the platform.
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PC Plod fills email inboxes with The Great Scam Spam

A couple of weeks ago, my wife was told to watch out for a female stranger conducting an ingenious phone scam.
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Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web

Opinion I've had enough of US hegemony. It's time for change -and a closed European network.
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MMS to become the new WAP?

The mobile industry is in danger of swallowing its own hype about the growth potential of Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), leaving it in danger of repeating the mistakes made with the introduction of WAP.
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Last call for the EU DRAM dumping debate

In June this year, Infineon filed a complaint with the European Commission over alleged subsidies made by the Korean government to Korean DRAM makers.
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IRS returns to HP after Dell dalliance

HP has won a $35 million five-year contract to supply the US Internal Revenue Service with PCs after a deal between the tax authority and Dell went sour.
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Hutchison, ST buy Global Crossing

Global Crossing, the stricken US carrier, is to have Hong Kong and Singapore owners, after its sale was approved by the New York bankruptcy court.
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MS ‘Software Choice’ scheme a clever fraud

Microsoft's new "Software Choice" campaign is all for your right to choose... as long as you choose Microsoft. It's too bad that Intel and the U.S. Government couldn't see through the rhetoric.