Black market for malware a thriving place
DefconThe sale of Trojans, phishing kits and other types of malware thrives in a growing marketplace that resembles many of the more legitimate businesses that have set up shop online over the past decade.
Hacking for hijinks
DefCon Blog: Day 1This is my second Defcon and there are plenty of high jinks but you'd be hard pressed to find any lawlessness. There was the year the ATMs were reprogrammed to display the Defcon logo. And there's always a lot of drinking and stupid network tricks. But nothing that's actually lawless.
Evolutionary vs. traditional database design
We recently published an article on the advantages of evolutionary database design (EDBD), a process which has its roots in the agile/extreme programming world. To provide a little balance, some yang for the yin, we asked Mark Whitehorn to comment on the article and give his views on EDBD vs. the more traditional database design approach.
The romance and mystery of a good hack
DefCon Blog: FinalThe 2007 Defcon badge (currently selling on eBay for $202.50) came with its own SDK, which explains why, by Sunday, a couple of attendees had hacked theirs to play music from their iPods.
Phoenix blasts off on ice-hunting mission
NASA's Phoenix mission lifted off successfully from Cape Canaveral this weekend, beginning its nine month journey through space to the red planet.
Offender tagging beaten by skyscrapers
The government may have to postpone the roll out of satellite tracking of offenders after a study uncovered serious technology flaws.
Congress approves six-month blanket wiretap warrant
US legislators have approved controversial wiretapping operations by American spies, which had been forbidden by secret judges.
Nissan rolls out drink-proof cars
Drink drivers could be prohibited from driving under the influence if new technology from Nissan is introduced.
Martha Stewart criticised for swoop on town name
American cooking and home decorating guru Martha Stewart has upset the residents of her newly adopted home town by trade marking the name for her home decorating products. Trade mark law may not extend as far as outraged residents fear, though.
Orange launches new assault on English language
Not content with trying to foster mobification on us, Orange is at it again with smexting: the act of sending text messages while nipping out for a fag.
Damaged DNA fixed in nuclear 'workshops'
Researchers in the US are a step closer to understanding how the body deals with damaged DNA. The findings might pave the way for new cancer treatments, and could also be useful in predicting how likely cosmic rays are to trigger cancers in humans.
ICANN spreads love, opens bosom to all
The Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) continued its ongoing outreach efforts last week with two announcements: the establishment of an ICANN online magazine and the expansion of a pilot fellowship program oriented towards those from countries relatively underrepresented in the ICANN processes.
Pipex chairman looks to ditch WiMAX, hosting gristle
Pipex chairman Peter Dubens still seems keen to offload what remains of the group following the breakup deal it cut with Tiscali in July.
Indian cops reach for bananas to flush out evidence
Indian coppers forced a suspected jewel thief to scoff over 40 bananas in a bid to force him to produce a necklace he had allegedly stolen.
VeriSign worker exits after laptop security breach
VeriSign has warned workers of the theft of a laptop that contained their personal information.
iPhone's keyboard prompts patent violation suit
A Florida-based company has accused Apple of infringing a patent it owns for a readable keyboard display, similar to the iPhone's touch-screen. SP Technologies filed a claim alleging that Apple has infringed on a patent it was granted in 2004 for a "method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination".
Staff cut off in Evesham 'rescue' deal
British computer maker Evesham Technology laid off more than 100 staff late Friday, telling them the firm was in "administration". But the ultimate fate of the firm was unclear today, with the Evesham website apparently showing the Evesham brand is under new ownership.
Yahoo! faces! investigation! over! China!
The US' House Foreign Affairs Committee said last week it will investigate Yahoo! over allegations that it covered up its involvement in handing over information to Chinese authorities to help them pursue political opponents.
NASA nuke-bot to tackle space boulders of doom
NASA plans to deal with killer comets or asteroids on collision courses with Earth are more advanced than many analysts had thought.
US govt password security still dismal
The importance of keeping passwords secret is endlessly reiterated by security firms, banks, and others. Yet US government tax service workers are still to pick up on the message, it seems.
Chip sales up but prices down
Price cuts are continuing to hurt profits for chip makers, even though actual sales are increasing.
Nokia calls Microsoft for DRM software
Nokia is to incorporate Microsoft's DRM software into its S60 and Series 40 mobile device platforms, fueling speculation that it's about to jump onto the music downloads bandwagon. Microsoft's PlayReady content access software allows owners of digital content to transfer it between different devices in a DRM-controlled manner.
UK.gov publishes alien sightings list
Terrified Brits reported almost 100 UFO sightings to the Ministry of Defence last year.
£1.2bn e-Borders data mountain spun as gov bonanza
The UK Home Office "e-borders" database scheme continues to march forward, with the government announcing last week a £1bn splurge investment and trumpeting successes thus far.
Astronomers wave big thermometer at universe
The world's largest thermometer has just entered active service. This isn't a cue for all sorts of "ooh, Matron" remarks, since the thermometer in question is taking the temperature of billion-year-old clouds of gas, way "out there" in the universe.
UK, France and Germany PC shipments moving on up
Western Europe PC shipments have grown by a healthy 9.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2006.
Aussie senate blocks CDMA switch off
Australia's ex-monopoly Telstra won't be allowed to switch off its aging CDMA network, at least not until it can provide equivalent 3G coverage, according to new conditions imposed by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
Feds cuff 18 in $126m pharmacy bust
A bust on an illegal pharmacy that's reckoned to raked in $126m in illicit revenues from the sale of prescription pharmaceuticals has led to racketeering and related charges against 18 suspects.
AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz
AMD is trying to breath new life into its dual-core Opteron by upping the chip to 3.2GHz just weeks before Barcelona rolls on store shelves.
Sun releases world's fastest chip - at 1.4GHz
Never one to cower in the face of hyperbole, Sun Microsystems has come out touting the new eight-core UltraSPARC T2 - aka Niagara II - chip as the world's fastest microprocessor.
IBM to win $200m supercomputer contract
The National Science Foundation will award IBM a $200m contract to build one of the world's fastest supercomputers, but don't tell anyone because it's a secret.
Google India deal signals mobile push
Google may or may not offer its own smartphone in the coming months, but you're sure to see its apps on other mobile devices across the globe. Little more than a week ago, the search giant teamed up with U.S. wireless carrier Sprint to offer Google tools on Sprint's upcoming WiMax portal.Now, Google has laid the groundwork for another mobile push, inking a deal with Bharti Airtel, India's largest private broadband and telephone provider.
HP's graphics library goes GPL
LinuxWorldHP has burrowed deep into the data center for its package of LinuxWorld-related announcements. Software libraries, code testing and pay-per-use Linux? Sure, why not.
Lenovo to ship Linux laptops
Lenovo is to pre-load ThinkPad laptops with a Linux OS, in response to calls from enterprise customers. Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is to be available across the PC maker's ThinkPad notebook series starting in the fourth quarter of 2007.
F5 buys Acopia for $210m
F5 Networks is wading into the storage market by spending $210m to acquire privately-held Acopia Networks. The company is paying cash for the entirety of the file-based virtualization firm.
Amazon throws cash at MySpace-ified music startup
What will Amazon's upcoming digital music store look like? Here's a hint: The world's most popular e-tailer just threw some cash at AmieStreet, the fledgling music site that prices songs according to their popularity.
E-voting gets bitch-slapped in Calfornia
California's top election official has decertified electronic voting machines made by the industry's four biggest vendors, in response to a report that highlighted their potential for election tampering.
Wife of Rambus CEO outed as message board troll
The wife of Rambus CEO Harold Hughes has emerged as the latest message board star. According to a report, Nancy Hughes dished out 170 messages under the alias clarissamehitable on the InvestorVillage site, defending her husband's good name while knocking other members of Rambus's management.