27th > January > 2003 Archive

SQL worm slams the Net

A worm, which takes advantage of a six-month-old vulnerability in SQL Server, is having a significant effect on Internet performance this weekend.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2003

SEC probes Ariba over restatement

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

MMS revenues will disappoint – report

Mobile operators relying on multimedia messaging (MMS) for substantial income are in for a disappointment, as it will not deliver the revenues expected.
ElectricNews.net, 27 Jan 2003

Novell slashes Directory prices

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

Microsoft preps Firewall upgrade

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

Orange pitches standards-based M2M

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

PKWare adds RSA crypto across Zip

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

Infineon turns screws on ProMOS

Infineon is terminating its technology license agreement with ProMOS, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry, following court approval in Taiwan.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Beware new Nigerian Bush spam scam

An unusual twist on the Nigerian 419 email scam has surfaced. So if you receive one of the following in your inbox, on no account take it seriously.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2003

Microsoft Data Protection Register entry expires

Thanks go to our chums at NTK.NET, for spotting that Microsoft Limited's entry in the Data Protection Register expired on January 8.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003
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Windows NT 4.0 Server gets another year's life

Windows NT 4.0 Server, still the weapon of choice for quantities of the more truculent IT manager, has been given another 12 months to live. Microsoft today intends to announce that paid incident and security hotfix support for the product, previously scheduled to cease at the end of this year, will now run up until 31st December 2004.
John Lettice, 27 Jan 2003

Bad publicity, clashes trigger MS Palladium name change

Microsoft has abandoned the Palladium name, in favour of the (no doubt deliberately) snooze-provoking "Next Generation Secure Computing Base." The ostensible reasons are twofold. The Palladium name is already used by another company for a product in a similar area, and since its announcement Palladium has received a lot of attention, been a centre of controversy, and been subject to what Microsoft thinks of as misdirected criticism.
John Lettice, 27 Jan 2003

Telewest in cut-price self-install broadband deal

Telewest has unveiled a new self-install product for its broadband service that makes use of cable modems embedded in its digital TV set-top boxes.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2003

ATMs, ISPs hit by Slammer worm spread

The bandwidth-crunching Slammer worm caused all manner of damage since its appearance on the Net in the early hours of Saturday morning.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2003

On stats and chatroom paedophiles

LetterColin Z. Robertson questions my grasp of statistics:
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Child porn list leaked to Sunday Times

The Sunday Times has obtained Operation Ore's entire list of UK subscribers to child porn sites. Containing 7,272 names, the list includes 'at least 20 senior executives' and a 'senior teacher at an exclusive girl's public school, services personnel from at least five military bases, GPs, university academics and civil servants."
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Orange and 02 users able exchange picture messages today

Orange and O2 today announced the first Multimedia Messaging (MMS) interconnect agreement in the UK.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2003

FoTW: "Look in the mirror, Mr Piranha"

Flame of The WeekYes, the Flame of the Week feature has become very irregular recently, but only because we get so few candidates that make the grade. The well has run dry. Even Qualcomm shareholders - a hitherto reliable source of survivalist paranoia - appear to be more interested in making intelligent conversation these days.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2003

Paybox scraps m-payment service

Paybox is scrapping its consumer m-payment service with immediate effect. The company promises an orderly withdrawal in the UK, saying that all outstanding transactions will be honoured.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Firstnet confirms Liberty Broadband buyout

Firstnet has finally confirmed that it has taken over Liberty Broadband - the fixed wireless broadband outfit formerly known as Tele2.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2003

Purple Software considers future

Purple Software, the mobile games specialist, is to outline its future in a statement expected today. Concerns over the company surfaced last week.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Broadband awareness soars

Eight out of ten Net users in the UK know about broadband, according to research published by telecoms regulator Oftel.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jan 2003

Dealer uproar prompts Sage rethink over price rises

Sage is having a rethink over price rises for its Sage Line 50 and Sage Line 100 accountancy software products, following a revolt of small dealers.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003

Red Hat intros 12 month only support on ‘consumer’ OSes

Microsoft comes under regular fire for its apparent eagerness to end-of-life its products, making them more difficult and expensive to support, and hence forcing users to upgrade to the next version. But without fanfare Red Hat has quietly introduced its own approach to end-of-life, and compared to this, Microsoft's idea of an upgrade cycle looks pretty sedate. As of the release of Red Hat 8.0, the company is only guaranteeing errata maintenance for the 12 months following a product's release.
John Lettice, 27 Jan 2003

Crooks harvest bank details from Net kiosk

Crooks, operating in the Birmingham, area, are preying on people using public access terminals for Internet banking.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2003

BOFH 2002: A Reader's Digest

BOFH and the VAX cluster bomb Episode 1: Diesel Delight
Simon Travaglia, 27 Jan 2003

Register.com rejects ‘inadequate’ hostile bid

ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

Internet suicide chat room killer held

A would-be Internet killer is behind bars and facing 20 years' jail after offering to dispatch a woman he met in a suicide chat room, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2003