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.
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.
Infineon turns screws on ProMOS
Infineon is terminating its technology license agreement with ProMOS, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry, following court approval in Taiwan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Orange and 02 users able exchange picture messages today
Orange and O2 today announced the first Multimedia Messaging (MMS) interconnect agreement in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Broadband awareness soars
Eight out of ten Net users in the UK know about broadband, according to research published by telecoms regulator Oftel.
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.
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.
Crooks harvest bank details from Net kiosk
Crooks, operating in the Birmingham, area, are preying on people using public access terminals for Internet banking.