21st > December > 2004 Archive
Britain's compulsory ID card scheme won a large majority in a Commons vote last night, with 385 MPs voting for and 93 against. The opposition consisted of all 55 Liberal Democrats, 19 Labour and nine Tories, but although the latter two figures are lower than might have been expected, 173 MPs were either absent or abstained, meaning that the numbers opposing could grow as the Bill passes through committee stage.
Nvidia will launch against ATI's next-generation high-end graphics chip, the R520, in Q2 2005.
The vote on the European Directive on software patents has, at the last minute, been moved to the afternoon session on the Agricultural and Fisheries Commission's meeting. The vote is now scheduled for around 3pm, Brussels time.
Germany has modified its IT procurement policies in a bid to end projects being put out to tender with Intel processors as a pre-requisite.
A couple of months ago, Toby Beaumont reported an ASP.NET vulnerability that, depending on the server configuration, allowed anyone to completely bypass user authentication and access protected files. Microsoft quickly provided a fix and the issue passed without much fanfare, mostly because the flaw wasn't widely exploited, and consequently many people failed to recognize just how serious this attack vector could be.
Electronic Arts is to buy a big chunk of Ubisoft, paying $85-100m for a 20 per cent stake in the French games publisher.
Pills peddlers, selling medicines with "no prior prescription required", are still thriving on the net, leaving thousands of patients at risk. They often use web sites without proper contact details; let you fill in flimsy online questionnaires to justify the prescriptions; hire spammers or hail products such as "Generic Viagra".
Workers at Lucent have agreed to a new pay and conditions settlement that will, union officials say, give them greater job security.
A grotesque crime in which a pregnant woman was murdered and her fetus snatched and adopted by another has been solved quickly, thanks to the enormous amount of electronic evidence the murderer left behind.
Iomega has started shipping external hard drives that incorporate a Firewire 800 interface, the storage specialist announced today.
Microsoft will hear tomorrow whether or not it has been successful in the first stage of its appeal against that antitrust sanctions imposed upon it by the European Competition Commission.
Sony has denied allegations that it is planning to pull out of the plasma display TV market in a bid to cuts costs and improve profitability.
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Skype has inked new call-termination agreements with Cable & Wireless and Luxembourg's B3G Telecom Technologies.
Cisco yesterday announced a deal to acquire security start-up Protego Networks for approximately $65m in cash.
Car makers BMW, Audi, Daimler Chrysler, Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat have won a German government grant to help develop the basis for a standard method for car-to-car wireless data.
Against all expectations, the final vote on the European software patents directive was postponed this afternoon. The Polish Minister of Science and Information Technology, Wlodzimierz Marcinski, made a special journey to Brussels to demand that the directive be dropped from the agenda.
IT workers will be hit particularly hard by proposed job cuts at ABN Amro. A quarter - 1,200 out of 5,000 full time IT workers at the bank - will lose their jobs over the next 18 months under a proposed restructuring plan.
Thirty-two of the men arrested during UK child porn investigation Operation Ore have committed suicide, police said yesterday. The men were reportedly unable to cope with the shame of their arrests.
2004 in review The year 2004 in internet security will probably be best remembered as the year the profit motive became a primary driver for the creation of computer viruses. 2004 also saw several high-profile arrests, making it one of the most successful years in the fight against cybercrime with a number of high profile arrests.
Exclusive Teenagers convicted last week of setting up a huge network of compromised Windows PCs used it to gain an unfair advantage in online gaming - not to send spam.
A worm which attacks web servers running the popular phpBB discussion forum software to deface vulnerable systems spread widely across the net today.