21st > December > 2004 Archive
Labour's Zombie Army clinches ID card vote for Clarke
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 to pitch NV48 at ATI's R520
Nvidia will launch against ATI's next-generation high-end graphics chip, the R520, in Q2 2005.
Munich asks ministers to drop EU patent vote
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 bans 'Intel only' IT tenders
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.
Security holes that run deep
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.
EA to buy 20% of Ubisoft - report
Electronic Arts is to buy a big chunk of Ubisoft, paying $85-100m for a 20 per cent stake in the French games publisher.
Rogue pharmacies still thriving
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".
Unions back Lucent pay deal
Workers at Lucent have agreed to a new pay and conditions settlement that will, union officials say, give them greater job security.
Internet logs nail fetus snatcher
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 unveils 400GB, Firewire 800 drive
Iomega has started shipping external hard drives that incorporate a Firewire 800 interface, the storage specialist announced today.
European court to rule on MS sanctions
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 denies plasma TV pull-out
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.
Skype ties up with C&W
Skype has inked new call-termination agreements with Cable & Wireless and Luxembourg's B3G Telecom Technologies.
Cisco pays $65m for Protego
Cisco yesterday announced a deal to acquire security start-up Protego Networks for approximately $65m in cash.
Auto makers to create car-to-car WLAN by 2006
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.
Poland halts software patent directive
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.
ABN Amro slashes IT workforce
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.
Child porn suspect suicide tally hits 32
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.
Botnets, phishing and spyware
2004 in reviewThe 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.
Botnet used to boost online gaming scores
ExclusiveTeenagers 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.