Worms own Symantec users
Corporate users of some Symantec antivirus product are facing persistent attacks that target a vulnerability that the security provider patched more than seven months ago.
Nepal, the new gambling mecca? Maybe not
House of CardsPutsches, legal spats and acquisitions - they're all here in this week's round-up of the online gambling scene. Read on:
Gambling enabler Neteller craps out
"Internet gambling is a multibillion-dollar industry. A significant portion of that is the illegal handling of Americans' bets with offshore gaming companies, which amounts to a colossal criminal enterprise masquerading as legitimate business. There is ample indication these defendants knew the American market for their services was illegal. The FBI is adamant about shutting off the flow of illegal cash" - FBI Assistant Director Mark Mershon, United States Attorney’s Office press release, January 16, 2007
Survey shows data sharing intent
A majority of public sector organisations are taking the potential for data sharing seriously, according to a Kable survey.
Cisco's iPhone trademark also under threat in US
Cisco may lose the rights to the term iPhone in the US, it has emerged. The news follows last week's revelation by OUT-LAW that the company is in danger of losing the European trademark.
New ITU head has no ambitions to run internet
The new head of the United Nations' telecoms agency said he has no plans to increase his body's role in the governance of the internet. He would prefer the current coalition of groups running the internet to co-operate more effectively, he said.
Prosecutions unlikely in water drinking contest death
Sacramento County sheriffs said Tuesday it was unlikely that the death of a participant in a radio station stunt would lead to a criminal investigation.
Intel completes 45nm 'Wolfdale', 'Yorkfield' architecture
Intel has completed its first 45nm processor, 'Penryn', ensuring the part will successfully run Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux, the chip giant said yesterday. The news comes just over a month after Intel began offering engineering samples of the chip.
Tul preps Vista-friendly entry-level PowerColor cards
Tul today introduces a trio of AMD ATI Radeon X1550-based graphics cards, respectively targeting owners of PCI Express, AGP and no-noise machines. All three PowerColor-branded boards feature GPUs factory-overclocked from 550MHz to 600MHz, the company said.
Of spooks, security and Vista
CommentNews that emerged early January that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been at Microsoft looking at the security of Vista should hardly come as a surprise.
Burger King rampage teen posts footage on YouTube
Police investigating an incident last December in which 15 to 20 youths trashed a Edinburgh Burger King were given an unexpected helping hand when readers of a local paper tracked down footage of the outrage on YouTube.
Seagate ships 'world's fastest' hard drive
Seagate has introduced what it claims is the world's fastest hard drive: a 15,000rpm, 2.5in 3Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) job designed for servers and enterprise-oriented storage systems. The company also pitched the part's low power consumption and high reliability.
Carphone Warehouse reviews Big Brother sponsorship deal
The Celebrity Big Brother racism rumpus, which has seen complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom regarding the treatment of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty rise to a record 13,000, continues to rumble on.
Nvidia reportedly readying 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS
Nvidia will next month launch a 320MB version of its 640MB GeForce 8800 GTS graphics chip, it has been claimed.
Brussels weighs up Intel action
EU investigators have recommended the European Commission haul up Intel for anti-competitive behaviour, The Wall Street Journal has claimed.
Survey shows hole in asset management market
Here's a little challenge for someone – the development of a little client PC auditing system that fires off details of configuration and applications to help desk operators.
Apple's alleged 802.11n enabler fee: blame Enron etc.
It's all Enron's fault that Apple will apparently charge $5 to make a recent Mac's AirPort Express Wi-Fi adaptor connect to other 802.11n-enabled devices. The fee arises from accounting rules imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act put in place after collapse of the energy company in 2001.
MySpace passes age verification buck to parents
News Corp's social network MySpace is developing software which will put responsibility for protecting teenagers in the hands of parents.
A picture paints a thousand words
In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams' main character's claim to fame is that he coded a facility into his employer's business software to convert the contents of a spreadsheet into a music score and then play it back via MIDI.
Shoecam man accused of filming up women's skirts
A Melbourne man was today accused of using a tiny video camera embedded in the toe of his shoe to look up women's skirts on the city's buses, trains and trams - and admitted doing so for the last four years, local police claimed.
Lost: 30,000 Bulldogs
Pipex used a trading update this week to reveal the disappearance of 30,000 customers from Bulldog, the ISP it bought from C&W last year.
Vacuum firm wants to clean up with DIY robots
One of the funnier sights at this year's CES was a video of a hamster ball. It wasn't any old rodent workout – this one was steering a robot. The hamster seemed to be having fun, and the developer was having a ball too...
Dell debuts semi-rugged laptop for survivalists
Dell yesterday parachuted in its first rugged notebook - well, semi-rugged - claiming the machine meets military standards for resistance to vibration, humidity, altitude and torture* - so presumably it's ready to yield its rank, model name and model number, but nothing else...
Info Commissioner: Too late to stop school fingerprinting
So many schools are taking the fingerprints of their pupils that it's too late to do anything about it, according to the Information Commissioner.
Google erases British bases in Iraq
It appears Google has replaced recent satellite imagery of British military bases in Basra with pre-war snaps following Army claims that terrorists were using Google Earth to plan attacks on its facilities.
Rackable gets racked by investors
The ever volatile shares of Rackable Systems have imploded following a fourth quarter financial warning.
Wal-Mart ads pop up on Pirate Bay
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is unintentionally funding the world's largest illegal file-sharing network, Sweden-based Pirate Bay.
Oracle blocks 51 security holes
Oracle released a quarterly patch update on Tuesday containing 51 fixes, one less than originally expected.
Judge sentences 'hacker' PIs, clients
A total of 38 months jail time was handed down on Wednesday to employees and clients of a London private detective agency which illegally hacked into telephone lines.
EC preps Intel antitrust charges - report
European Commission investigators have called on the organisation to bring Intel to book over alleged anti-competitive business practices.
Lottery fraudsters exploit 070 personal numbers
Crooks running email lottery scams are exploiting 070 personal numbers in a bid to trick users into thinking they are dealing with people in the UK.
What makes a 5GL?
CommentFrom time to time vendors in the application development space have claimed 5GL (5th generation language) capabilities. If you think about this for a moment you will realise that this can't be true. The idea of GLs is that each is an abstraction of the former, so we had machine code (on which I cut my teeth as a developer); assembler; third generation languages such as COBOL, Java, C++ and so forth; and finally 4GLs (now sometimes referred to as ABLs-advanced business languages-as 4GL seems to be out of fashion).
AOL phishing fraudster found guilty
A Californian conman who posed as a rep from AOL's billing department in order to dupe users into handing over financial details has been convicted of ID theft offences.
Can Apple manage without Steve Jobs?
ColumnCEOs have been fired for doing what Steve Jobs is supposed to have been caught doing at Apple: backdating their share options to a time when they were worth less. Suppose it's true; and suppose he has to carry the can - will Apple manage without him?
Apple to license FairPlay DRM?
Apple may be on the verge of announcing it will licence its FairPlay DRM technology, it has been claimed, with the recently announced Netgear EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD one of the first non-iPod devices to take advantage of the move.
Sun squares up to Oracle with Red Hat challenge
Sun Microsystems has joined the Red Hat hunting party, announcing features and subscriptions for Solaris designed to out-gun and undercut its Linux rival.
Piratebay's sovereign ambitions blasted
The claims of Sealand, a former military platform off the coast of Sussex, to nationhood are complete nonsense, a leading international and maritime law expert says. Piratebay, the Swedish file-sharing links site, says it is in negotiations to buy the platform.
Joost - the new, new TV thing
One of the most talked-about startups came out of the shadows this week, as The Venice Project revealed itself to the world as Joost. The company invited The Reg to its West End offices for a demonstration and a chat with CEO Fredrik de Wahl.
Apple channels iPods for record Q1 run
Holiday shoppers did their part for Apple during the first quarter, carrying the company to record revenue.