19th > May > 2003 Archive

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Linux kernel DoS risk under the spotlight

There is a potentially troublesome denial of service risk linked to a vuln in the Linux 2.4 kernel, concerning the cacheing of routing information.
John Leyden, 19 May 2003
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Why did support @ microsoft send me a virus this morning?

Windows users everywhere are urged to update their anti-virus definitions following the discovery of a new worm, which poses as one of a series of odd messages from Microsoft.
John Leyden, 19 May 2003
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mmO2 preps market for 3G writedowns

mm02's financial PR bunnies are softening up the press in advance of Wednesday's results in which the UK-owned network operator is expected to declare a massive loss.
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2003
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1,000 pubs to get WiFi

The Cloud - the UK-wide broadband WiFi network that's part of Inspired Broadcast Networks and Leisure Link Group - is to launch its service in more than 1,000 pubs in the UK later this week.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2003

Talking pizza and packets with Samba's Tridge

Interview Much in the same way that Cisco founders Sandy Lerner and Leonard Bosack invented the router so they could send emails to each other across the Stanford University campus, Andrew Tridgell just wanted the three computers on his home network to talk to each other. The three computers, a PC running DOS, a Sun workstation, and a DECstation 3100 running Digital Unix, needed a common protocol that all could understand. Hacking on what he thought was a proprietary protocol of a DOS-Unix program called Pathworks, Tridge (as he's known) accidentally found himself reverse-engineering the heart of Microsoft's networking, the SMB protocol.
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Host Europe boardroom bust-up resolved

A boardroom bust-up that went sour at Web hosting outfit - Host Europe - appears to have been settled.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2003
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Fast enough to overtake SMS and IM?

You've made good one-to-one use of short messaging services (SMS) and even sent the same message to several people when trying to get a group meeting organised, especially if you're under 30, writes Rob Bamforth, of Bloor Research. But it fares just as badly as email when you're trying to work collaboratively.
IT-Analysis, 19 May 2003
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Txt saves three from Davey Jones' locker

A quick text message to his dad has saved one man and his two sailing companions from a watery grave, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2003
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Fancy yourself as a virtual interrogator?

If you fancy a new career quizzing captured Iraqis about the whereabouts of weapons of mass destruction, then look no further than Virtual Conversation Arabic Complete Series 4 CD.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2003

Comet to launch telco service

Comet is entering the telecoms game. The high street electrical retailer has teamed up with an outfit called Telco Global to offer the residential telephony service.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2003
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Napster reborn! Roxio buys PressPlay

Roxio is to relaunch Napster, on the back of today's $39m cash and stock acquisition of PressPlay, the download music service, from Sony and Universal Music.
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2003
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Chinese PC giant sets new benchmark in branding banality

LogoWatch LogoWatch Well, the threat of immediate execution for anyone even thinking about spreading SARS has seemingly not been enough to keep Chinese rebranding operatives from gathering in distinctly unhealthy clusters around Powerpoint presentations and flip-charts. Proof of this determination to battle on regardless comes with the …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2003
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US arrests 130 in Net fraud crackdown

More than 130 people were arrested and $17 million in assets seized in a US crackdown in Internet fraud announced last Friday.
John Leyden, 19 May 2003
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Irish mobile charges too high

Executives from leading Irish telecoms firms in Ireland questioned the lack of competition in the mobile phone sector.
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'Relax, It Was a Honeypot'

Opinion A security company cleverly tricks hackers into compromising one of its distribution sites. Really.
Tim Mullen, 19 May 2003
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‘I was a convenient scapegoat’ – Oftel boss

Oftel has published a review of its work over the last 19 years - and it makes gripping reading.
Tim Richardson, 19 May 2003
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US Price Cuts for PS2 and Xbox, Player bundle for Cube

Microsoft and Sony have both cut $20 off the price of their consoles in the USA, bringing them down to $179 - while Nintendo has announced plans to bundle the Game Boy Player accessory for free with the Cube.
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MCI wins Iraq gig, shovels $500m to shareholders

MCI has won the gig to build Iraq's mobile phone network. The value of the contract is undisclosed.
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2003
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.org registry vanishes into thin air

The registry for all .org domains appears to have collapsed - meaning that all the details of who owns any .org domain are unobtainable.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2003
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You've got Scam! ID harvest scam targets AOL users

It used to be the worst that could come from a kiss was a cold sore or a song by Hot Chocolate.
John Leyden, 19 May 2003
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MS blesses SCO, licenses Unix

Microsoft's decision to license UNIX code from the litigious SCO Group will do little to allay fears that SCO is but a beard for Redmond.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2003