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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
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SEC probes Ariba over restatement

E-procurement and spend management company Ariba Inc is now the subject of an informal investigation by the SEC following news that the Sunnyvale, California-based company will have to restate its fiscal 2000 figures and 10 quarters of results. Ariba hopes to complete its own inquiry into the figures by the end of February …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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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.

Novell slashes Directory prices

Aggressive price discounts in Novell Inc's directory and identity management business have caused Sun Microsystems Inc an unexpected headache, placing the former network operating system giant on a par with mighty IBM, writes Gavin Clarke. Barbara Gordon, vice president of Sun's software sales, told ComputerWire Friday …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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Microsoft preps Firewall upgrade

Microsoft Corp is preparing a second version of its enterprise firewall Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, focusing on application-level security and XML web services. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said Friday it is finalizing plans for a second, full version of its firewall nearly two years after ISA …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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Orange pitches standards-based M2M

Orange Business Solutions has launched a standards-based machine-to-machine (M2M) technology platform to the UK market in an effort to give it a foothold in the emerging mass market for wireless telemetry systems. The package, known as M2M Connect, is intended to supersede existing proprietary wireless telemetry systems …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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PKWare adds RSA crypto across Zip

PKWare Inc, the provider of Zip compression software, will today announce that it has added encryption functions, previously only available on its Windows product, to its entire line of PKZip applications in version 6.0. The company has licensed RSA Security Inc's BSAFE cryptography toolkit for the Windows and Unix …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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On stats and chatroom paedophiles

Letter Colin Z. Robertson questions my grasp of statistics:
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2003
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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
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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
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FoTW: "Look in the mirror, Mr Piranha"

Flame of The Week Yes, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Register.com rejects ‘inadequate’ hostile bid

Register.com Inc yesterday rejected an unsolicited takeover bid that was launched on Wednesday by a group of investors as "financially and structurally inadequate", claiming the potential buyer was trying to pressure the company to sell cheap, writes Kevin Murphy. RCM Acquisition Co LLC's offer of $4.95 cash per share, …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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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