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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN's own computers. Prosecutors have alleged that Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and his co-accused, 20-year-old Daniel Trenton of Salem, Illinois, were …
Jasper Hamill, 07 May 2014

Bungled Hitachi SAN upgrade halts Oregon benefit payments

A bungled Hitachi storage area networking (SAN) upgrade has delayed the payout of over $18 million in benefits in Oregon. The SAN failure began Monday evening in the state capital of Salem, and was fixed by Tuesday morning, with various state agencies taking the day to work through a backlog of jobs that had built up. " …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013

AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities

Keeping pace with rival Google Fiber, AT&T has announced a possible expansion to its GigaPower broadband internet service. The company said that it would be looking at plans for bringing its gigabit service to 100 new cities in 21 metropolitan areas around the US. The proposal would include major population hubs such as Los …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2014
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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

The Google bods who sell the ad giant's software services in Europe have been banned from flogging their wares to Sweden's public sector due to unresolved privacy concerns. The ruling came after a local council was prohibited from using Mountain View's cloud services, and applies to Sweden's local and central government, though …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013
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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Symantec recently fired Steve Bennett, its second CEO in two years. As a previous chairman of the board, Bennett was part of the team that shifted off the previous CEO. Apparently now, new blood is needed to "act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market," in the words of the new chief, Michael Brown. Steve Bennet …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
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Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

Symantec has fired its second CEO in two years: the company's chief exec, president and former board chairman Steve Bennett was today shown the door after less than 18 months on the job. "We recognize Steve's contributions to Symantec, including developing and leading a series of successful initiatives focused on organizational …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014

Ex-Google, Mozilla bods to outwit EVIL BOTS with 'polymorphic' defence

Startup Shape Security is re-appropriating a favourite tactic of malware writers in developing a technology to protect websites against automated hacking attacks. Trojan authors commonly obfuscate their code to frustrate reverse engineers at security firms. The former staffers from Google, VMWare and Mozilla (among others) have …
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2014
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Symantec's profits up in calm third quarter

CEO Enrique Salem stands crisp and smart on the poop deck of the good ship Symantec, looking back at a straight course and ahead to more growth. It's a pretty unexciting third quarter story really. Third quarter revenues for the security, storage and server company were $1.75bn – 7 per cent up on a yearly comparison. Profits …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2012
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Younger generation taking 'sledgehammer' to security

The new generation of "digital natives" coming into the workplace is going to blow apart existing security practices, Symantec's CEO Enrique Salem warns. In his keynote speech on Tuesday at the RSA 2012 conference in San Francisco, Salem said that the current young generation, born in the 1990s, has a radically different …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2012
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Symantec trims targets as subscriptions put off payday

Symantec's customers are cutting back on purchases and the company's revenues are going to be lower this quarter. Why is demand for its products lower? The company announced preliminary results for its fourth fiscal 2011 quarter as there is an unexpected shortfall. It announced expected revenues of $1.68bn – below the issued …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2012
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Symantec bundles CEO out the door, parachutes in chairman

Software jack-of-all-trades Symantec has replaced dapper CEO Enrique Salem with board chairman Steve Bennett. Salem, we think, got the bullet for failing to conquer the mobile security market, his handling of the Backup Exec outrage, and his humdrum financial performance. The company's profit dipped this quarter, the first …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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'Small' upheaval at McAfee, not many fired

Intel-owned security firm McAfee is planning to lay off some of its 7,000-strong global workforce, a company spokesman in the US has said. The No 2 maker of antivirus software would not give any further details about the planned redundancies, only admitting that a "small percentage" of staff would be axed. The US spokesman …
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Symantec looks steady as biz spends on security

Services revenues prevented software giant Symantec recording excellent results across the board in its second fiscal 2012 quarter. Symantec recorded revenues of $1.68bn in the quarter, ending 30 September, 14 per cent higher than a year ago. Net income was $182m, a satisfying 36 per cent higher than the year-ago quarter. The …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2011
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Symantec CEO: I'll AXE up to 4 in 10 execs by July

Symantec's profits collapsed last quarter amid a company-wide restructure that will axe bosses and rejig routes to market. For the final three months of fiscal 2013, which ended 31 March, the company's earnings tumbled 66 per cent on the year before to $188m (£121m). Turnover climbed four per cent to $1.748bn (£1.13bn), the …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2013

Symantec: We 'stubbed our toe' on Backup Exec, but we'll be fine

Symantec's new broom CEO has presided over record final quarter - at least for revenues - and full year 2013 results. This is despite the company being in the middle of a management clear-out, profits droop and wholesale sales operation revamp. Revenues for the fourth quarter, which finished on 29 March, were $1.75bn, a record …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Symantec CEO takes over global sales chief's job, shows him door

Incoming Symantec CEO Steve Bennett has reason to be pleased; he's inherited a quarter with moderately positive results, not that he's thanking ousted CEO Enrique Salem for them. Instead he's told all geographical sales bosses to report to him after announcing the exit of the global sales head, William Robbins. He has also …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Symantec alliance with Huawei put on countdown

Symantec CEO Enrique Salem said the Huawei-Symantec joint venture will have its fate known by the end of the year: either one of the partners will buy it or there will be an IPO. Salem, answering questions at Symantec Vision, said his company entered into the pact, in which it holds 49 per cent after a $150m investment, for …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Egypt ponders smut suppression

Nerds planning the ideal vacation destination may soon be forced to strike Egypt off the list. The nation's government plans to impose a ban on internet pornography. The country's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology has taken preliminary steps to outlaw e-rotica, forming a committee to investigate the …
Caleb Cox, 27 Mar 2012
Symantec quarterly results to Q4 fy2012

Symantec: Big as ever... just not growing

Symantec earned a staggering amount of money in its latest quarter but is stuck fast at a $1.6 to $1.7bn quarterly revenue level, seemingly unable to grow. It made $6,73bn in its fiscal 2012 year (fy212), a huge sum, and up 9 per cent on the prior year's $6.19bn. The final fy2012 quarter saw revenues of $1.68bn, which was down …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012

Symantec, Violin in no-strings fling for flash array software

Violin Memory has added data management software to its flash memory arrays by partnering with Symantec. It hopes this will pit the memory biz against rival deduping all-flash array startups. Networked-all-flash arrays from Violin Memory run application software faster than situations where the data is stored on networked disk …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2012

Latest Symantec CEO's 'revolution' could axe 1,000 jobs

Symantec's latest CEO plans a "revolution" to create a 4.0 version of the firm by slashing bureaucracy, shaking up its portfolio, renewing a direct sales push in the enterprise, and cutting staffers. An insider told Bloomberg that the reorganisation could impact up to 1,000 employees. The plan was formed by Steve Bennett, who …
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Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
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Symantec boss puzzles over McAfee Intel deal

Symantec's head honcho has confidently predicted the security firm will not suffer the same acquisition fate as arch-rival McAfee, which Intel agreed to buy in a surprise $7.68bn blockbuster deal back in August. The McAfee deal is only the high-water mark in a wave of acquisitions that have swept the information security market …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2010
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Libya's new rulers fire up Gaddafi's surveillance tech

Libya's transitional government has quietly reactivated the surveillance technology it inherited from the Gaddafi regime, the Wall Street Journal reports. The technology is been used to track the mobile phone calls and online communications of Gaddafi loyalists. Government officials told the paper that they have seen dozens of …
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2012
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BT quotes pensioner £150,000 to get broadband

BT has quoted a pensioner £150,000 to install a broadband line to her home in rural Wales. The national telco contacted Beverley McCartney, who lives in Salem, Carmarthenshire, last week, the BBC reports. It had previously told her it could not connect her home, but was pleased to say it now could for the bargain price of £129, …
Team Register, 27 May 2010
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Symantec bubbles up, though services revenue deflates

Although services revenue was a blot on the earnings landscape, Symantec revenues and profits increased nicely in its first fiscal 2011 quarter. The company reported revenues of $1.653bn, a chunky 15 per cent up year-on-year, with net income up 7 per cent to $172m. Symantec increased its operating margin from 13.5 per cent in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2011
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Spooked spooks made Symantec end Huawei fling - new claim

Security biz Symantec called time on a joint venture with Chinese telecoms equipment goliath Huawei because it feared the tie-up would prevent it from gaining access to classified US intelligence on cyber-threats, according to a new report. The New York Times cited “two people briefed on the deal” as saying Symantec’s withdrawal …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2012
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Symantec pushes mobile security onto Android and iOS

Symantec is extending its support of smartphone platforms in a bid to make its security and management technology as ubiquitous in the mobile world as it is on the desktop. The security giant announced added support for Android and Apple iOS platforms to its mobile security and management portfolio during the opening of its …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2010

Senate hears Microsoft and HP avoided billions in US taxes

Hearings at the US Senate have been examining how some of the richest technology firms use offshore banking and tax loopholes to avoid having to pay billions to support their native country. "US multinational corporations benefit from the security and stability of the US economy, the productivity and expertise of US workers and …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2012
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Massachusetts man in vacuum marinade shocker

A Massachusetts sausage factory cleaner had a lucky escape after a sausage-seasoning machine "somehow activated" and attempted to dine on its victim, Salem News reports. Police reports said the unnamed man was cleaning inside a "a vacuum-type cylinder" which "draws marinade into the meat" at the DiLuigi Sausage Co in Danvers. …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2010
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Symantec COO infuriates US channel

Enrique Salem needs some media training before he's let out in public again. Or a lesson in diplomacy. The Symantec chief operating officer has provoked furious reaction in the US channel - for dissing them behind closed doors. Last month he told financial analysts in a supposedly private conference that Symantec wanted to sell …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2008
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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

‘Classic’ is a word that was already worn out back in the mid-1980s when fanzine editors and contributors couldn’t help themselves attach it to any Doctor Who story they were particularly keen on, whatever its merits. Thirty-odd years on, the word is no less overused, but the release of stories on VHS and, later, DVD has helped …
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2013
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Symantec fends off VMware for data centre throne

Symantec is fortifying its Storage and Availability Management software (SAMG) for the virtualised cloud world with the release of version 6. The company is pushing its multi-vendor credentials and aims to bolster its software's role in security, availability and storage management in data centres. However, it faces two …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2011
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Symantec's John Thompson to retire as CEO

Symantec has announced that CEO John Thompson will retire in early April, at the end of the company's fiscal year. Enrique Salem, the current chief operating officer, will take over as president and chief executive officer of the security, storage, and systems management software maker, and Thompson will remain chairman of the …
Cade Metz, 17 Nov 2008
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Dell heading to court over Tennessee factory?

Residents of Lebanon, Tennessee are apparently none too happy with PC and server maker Dell. According to the Austin American-Statesman, legal action may be imminent. The paper quotes city council member William Farmer, who says the city of Lebanon and the surrounding Wilson County are mulling over a lawsuit against Dell, which …
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Has Symantec sprinkled Veritas developers with pink slips?

The fate of hundreds of Veritas developers hung in the balance this week as parent Symantec was rumoured to have killed off its S4 object storage development effort. Last week ESG's Steve Duplessie blogged that up to 600 Veritas developers and engineers of Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM), file system (VxFS) and Cluster Server (VCS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

When the master encryption key locking down millions of Blu-ray players and set-top boxes was mysteriously leaked last year, Hollywood moguls worried their precious high-definition movies would face a new flurry of piracy. Instead, it spawned the Chumby NeTV, a tiny, Wi-Fi-connected box that sits between a television and a set- …
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2011
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Dell cuts North-Carolina plant despite $280m sweetener

Dell has settled a long-running dispute over a $280m incentives package to open shop in North Carolina by shutting the facility and cutting 905 jobs to control costs. Dell announced Wednesday it will close its disputed desktop computer manufacturing plant near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the end of January. The news …
Austin Modine, 08 Oct 2009
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Symantec secures profit rise as revenues fall

The good ship Symantec has adjusted to the recession and is making 19 per cent more profit despite three per cent lower revenue. For its second 2010 quarter revenues were $1.47bn; they were $1.52bn a year ago, while net income was $150m, compared to $126m previously. The $24m profit increase was down mostly to cost-cutting. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2009
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Man stumps record £375k for number plate

A businessman has stumped a record £375,000 to secure the F1 number plate, the Mirror reports. Afzal Kahn, who owns a car conversion firm, secured his prize at an Essex county council auction, in the process beating the previous record of £331,000 paid for M1. The council had held the plate since 1904. Kahn said: "I am …
Lester Haines, 25 Jan 2008

Nissan-Renault signs more states for electric vehicle schemes

Renault-Nissan has announced electric vehicle and infrastructure deals with the State of Oregon and the Principality of Monaco. That brings to eight the number of deals that Renault-Nissan have inked, including those with Israel, Denmark, Portugal – all in partnership with Better Place - the city of Yokohama in Japan, France - …
Alun Taylor, 22 Nov 2008
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Child porn in the age of teenage 'sexting'

An international child pornography ring that traded more than 400,000 illegal images and videos - some depicting pre-pubescent children in sexual and sadistic acts - is the kind of heinous behavior that makes you glad there are strict laws against such things. Seven US men were convicted of the crime on Wednesday. Then there are …
Dan Goodin, 16 Jan 2009

Dell sucks another $7m out of North Carolina

After pumping North Carolina for more than $270m, Dell decided it wasn't done yet. Actually pay for the land its new factory will sit on? Hell, no! In a confusing exchange deal, Dell will "pay" the city of Winston-Salem $7m for land in return for $7m worth of roads and grants from the city to Dell, so it gains the 200-acre …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jul 2005
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Woman wins $1m with stolen credit card

Police have busted an Oregon woman who bought a State Lottery ticket with a credit card belonging to her deceased mother-in-law and promptly won $1m, AP reports. Christina Goodenow of White City bought the winning ticket on 9 October and three days later presented herself at Oregon Lottery HQ in Salem to collect the $33,500 …
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Symantec acquires IMlogic

Symantec announced a deal on Tuesday to acquire instant messaging security specialist IMlogic. Financial terms of the acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, were not disclosed. As the use of IM in corporations grows so too is the the number of security attacks targeting Instant messaging networks. …
John Leyden, 04 Jan 2006
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North Carolina residents still want their $280m back from Dell

The fight over a $280m-plus incentive package to lure Dell into North Carolina has entered the state's second-highest court. Attorneys have asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to reinstate a lawsuit over the legality of a massive golden handshake proffered by the state to the computer manufacturer. Under the state constitution, …
Austin Modine, 26 Apr 2007
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BTo signs Brightmail to fight junk mail

BTopenworld has signed up Brightmail to tackle the junk mail bombarding its users' accounts. It is to install Brightmail Solution Suite at the SMTP gateway, to hoover up spam before it reaches users. Customers of BT's broadband service can look forward to relief from viral bombardment, after it licensed Symantec's AV server- …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2002
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Flight Sim enquiry raises terror alert

A mother's enquiry about buying Microsoft Flight Simulator for her ten-year-old son prompted a night-time visit to her home from a state trooper. Julie Olearcek, a USAF Reserve pilot made the enquiry at a Staples store in Massachusetts, home to an earlier bout of hysteria, during the Salem witch trials. So alarmed was the …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2004
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Heads roll at Compaq Alpha factory

When Ben Rosen put Eckhard Pfeiffer out of a job recently, he was at pains to insist that no restructuring at Compaq was needed. Did we believe that at the time? No. And now Compaq has taken the first step in what looks like a big restructuring plan, laying off 900 people at its Alpha factory in Salem. Factories cost a lot of …
Mike Magee, 18 May 1999
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Where the heck is all this spam coming from?

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The growth of the spam problem in 2002 has been exponential, writes Kevin Murphy. Companies that sell spam filtering software say currently the percentage of email that is spam could be 20%, 33%, or even up to 50%, compared to less than 10% a year ago. While the rise in spam is easy to …
ComputerWire, 29 Nov 2002