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ENISA, Europol, strike info-sharing deal

Europe's peak information security body will join forces with the continent's criminal intelligence sharing outift in order to beat down on carders and crackers plaguing Europe. Heads of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) signed a deal with Europol at the Hague last Thursday to give a …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014

Forget hackers - storms and snafus are bigger threat, say infosec bods

Cyber attacks caused fewer problems to communications networks than unrelated system failures and natural disasters, a study by an EU security agency has found. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (‪ENISA‬) reports that the average duration of cyber attacks was four hours ‪whilst o‬utages due to nature …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
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AST raises Plasmon technology from the grave

Alliance Storage Technologies, which bought the UDO (Ultra Density Optical) technology from defunct optical storage company Plasmon, is now making, distributing and supporting UDO and related Plasmon products. Plasmon was a British firm that tried to develop its own proprietary optical disk archiving technology and products. It …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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EU advisors: Tighter web privacy will stamp out bullies

Improved safeguards and greater resources for law enforcement are needed to tackle the related problems of cyber-bullying and online grooming, according to a report by an EU security agency published on Tuesday. ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) warned that the mishandling of personal information …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2011
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Wolves gather around Plasmon

The wolves are gathering around the wreck that is Plasmon with companies offering to migrate people off Plasmon's optical products and onto a format with a more dependable future. QStar Technologies of Maryland has products that it wants Plasmon customers to think of as potential Plasmon product replacements. It says that DISC …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2008
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EU agency calls for clear consent on indelible and zombie cookies

New, more persistent cookies pose an increasing risk to the privacy of consumers online, according to an EU security agency report released on Friday. The advertising industry is pushing the adoption of new, more "persistent and powerful cookies" which profile users, often without users' awareness about what's happening. …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2011

InPhase finally to phase in holographic disk

Holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies has said it will announce its Tapestry hologram storage product in May. A version of the product was demonstrated at the NAB2008 show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The bare facts are these: Tapestry consists of 120mm (5.25-inch) diameter clear plastic disks in a cartridge …
Paul Roberts, 26 Apr 2008
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GE brings holographic storage back from the dead

The dormant holographic storage volcano has rumbled, reminding us that it's not extinct and may yet erupt. As a reminder, this optical storage format came hot on the heels of previous storage successes: compact disks, magneto-optical drives, DVDs, and then Blu-ray. Blu-ray never reached the same relative scale of popularity as …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2011
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How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you? Let's look at the tape market. Tape devices were backup devices; they were the target storage devices for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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Plasmon UK goes into administration

Plasmon has placed its UK and Europe operation in administration as it negotiates with an investor who it hopes will refinance and take over its core archive business. Plasmon has said that staff from Kroll's Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group were appointed as Joint Administrators on Monday, 6 October. There are, in …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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Optical delusion: Plasmon's ignominious end

A Colorado-based storage systems business, Alliance Storage Technologies, has bought the assets ashes of Plasmon Inc. The deed was done on January 5 and the assets bought from the Silicon Valley Bank of Santa Clara, which had a court authorise the appointment of a receiver when Plasmon defaulted on a $10m credit line from the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2009
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Hackers v defenders in pan-Euro cyber security exercise

Early results from the first European cybersecurity exercise have highlighted the need to improve communication and improve procedures to better combat future cyber attacks. Cyber Europe 2010 brought together 150 experts from 70 public bodies in 22 countries around Europe to deal with 320 simulated cyber-security incidents. …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2010
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Plasmon takeover talks fail

The talks between Plasmon and a private equity firm trying to take over the business have terminated. Plasmon's shares have been temporarily suspended on the London stock exchange. Plasmon sells archive systems which include archive software, disk storage, and optical disk drive storage. It has an agreement with NetApp regarding …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2008
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Enough is enough! Plasmon board recommends sale

Enough's enough! Get me outta here. The Hanover Investors-backed Plasmon board has had it up to here and is pulling the plug. With Q1 fiscal '09 sales 20 per cent below expectations it's showing positive feelings towards a $25 million bid from a US-based technology private equity firm, identity unknown. Plasmon is a developer …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2008
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Pan-Euro cyber security exercise 'too focused' on DDoS

Organisers are hailing the first pan-European cyber security exercise as a successful ’cyber stress test’ of key internet infrastructure systems. Cyber Europe 2010 brought together 150 information experts from 70 public bodies in 22 countries around Europe on 4 November to run an exercise in involving 320 simulated cyber- …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2010
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Blind spot - the trouble with optical drives

Optical drives should be popular. They hold lots of gigabytes, can be intrinsically WORM and hold data for a guaranteed 30 years or more without the periodic refreshes needed by tape. But they are simply not used as a general data archiving product by business, having become niche products in areas such as medical image …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2008
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EU agency runs rule over ID cards for online banking logins

A study by an EU cybersecurity agency into the use of electronic identity cards for online banking has highlighted seven types of vulnerability and 15 possible threats. ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) compared the suitability of smart eID cards to other authentication techniques for online banking, …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2009
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Plasmon plc sheds staff as investor bails out

The US private equity-funded buyout of Plasmon's US operation has failed, leaving Plasmon plc in tatters. The Kroll administrators are searching for a new company buyer. On Friday a transfer of working capital cash was supposed to be made from Plasmon LLC in Broomfield, Colorado to Plasmon plc in Melbourn, England. But according …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2008
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Stuxnet 'a game changer for malware defence'

The Stuxnet malware is a game changer for critical information infrastructure protection, an EU security agency has warned. ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) warns that a similar attack of malware capable of sabotaging industrial control systems as Stuxnet may occur in future. The worm, whose primary …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2010
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GE tries to refocus image of holographic storage

General Electric has been talking up its holographic storage technology again, reckoning it can succeed where Plasmon and others have failed, because of backward Blu-ray and DVD compatibility. Currently holographic storage products inhabit a graveyard or deep freeze. InPhase is currently seemingly in hibernation - not dead but …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2009
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Reldata becomes subject to Murphy's law

Murphy is back, and sleepy storage supplier Reldata had better get used to a new management regime. Steven FX Murphy was the CEO of archival optical storage vendor Plasmon when it crashed and burned. It was assumed by several folks that Murphy was burned by the experience himself, and would go off and play golf for a good long …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2009
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InPhase might ship holographic storage this year?

InPhase Technologies CEO Nelson Diaz has broken his silence over the company's much-delayed holographic drive saying it would ship later this year. There had been fears that Longmont, Colorado-based InPhase could sink without trace because of the recession as it has been plagued with delay after delay in the development and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2009
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Plasmon Inc rises from ashes of...Plasmon Ltd

Plasmon rides again. CEO Steve Murphy has successfully negotiated a private equity buyout of Plasmon Inc from the UK-based parent Plasmon Ltd which is in administration. Armed with undisclosed funds from an undisclosed US private equity firm, Plasmon Ltd CEO Steve Murphy has bought Plasmon Inc from the UK administrators of …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2008

Optical storage: destined for oblivion?

Cries such as "tape is dead" and "optical has no future" have been heard for some time now - and not only from the mouths of hard-disk vendors, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock. This begs the question of whether non-disk based storage technologies have any long-term prospects. A little thought, however, quickly reveals …
IT-Analysis, 23 Mar 2004
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InPhase delays holographic storage to late 2009

Holographic storage developer InPhase has put its first drive ship date back to late 2009. Meanwhile GE thinks it has a CD/DVD-compatible holographic technology that can be made into a commercial product. InPhase is developing a Tapestry holographic drive which uses a $180, CD-size disc with data stored as holograms within the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2008
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Plasmon Inc preps for rebirthing

Plasmon's US operation is preparing for lift-off as an independent company whilst Plasmon Ltd's shareholders, creditors and staff try to see if any crumbs will fall their way from the administrators' table. Just a few days after the UK firm went into administration, Plasmon CEO and president Steve Murphy wrote an open letter on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2008
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Plasmon buys Raidtec

Plasmon, the UK data storage firm is buying its technology partner, Cork-based Raidtec Corporation. Plasmon is paying €2.25m along with covering loan repayments of €2.86m. Eighty per cent of shareholders in Raidtec, which was founded in Cork in 1991 by Chairman Noel May, have undertaken to accept Plasmon's offer. Currently, it …
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Sony's Super AIT - a fall from grace

Sony is reeling, with 16,000 job losses and restructuring looming for its sprawling electronics division. Super AIT tape comes out of that sprawl, and its time may be drawing to a close, squeezed out by LTO much as AIT was squeezed out by DAT. Back in 2004 the first generation Super AIT (SAIT) tape, the half-inch format big …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2008
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Scientists look to straighten homosexual sheep

Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has come out in favour of the rights of homosexual sheep in a burgeoning row over tests carried out by two US universities aimed at "curing" ovine friends of Dorothy. According to The Times, researchers at Oregon State University in the city of Corvallis and at the Oregon Health and …
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2007
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Who do you think you are?

At the beginning of the last day of the ACM conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy I thought I knew who I was. Now, after a couple of panels on identity management, I'm less sure. Web 2.0 (rounded corners and all) brings a new twist to an old problem: more IDs, more passwords, more economic transactions, and many more …
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Roger Moore's Swiss bank account details plastered on Web

Showbiz stars are fuming at Credit Suisse after a technical glitch revealed their secret Swiss bank account details on the Net for a week. James Bond actor Roger Moore was among those affected by the cock-up - which showed bank account numbers, private addresses and details of 675 money transfers. The problem stemmed from …
Linda Harrison, 10 Nov 2000
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Software patents stay banned in Europe – for now

The campaign to stop the European Patent Office trying to legalise software patents has scored its first major victory. After some effective lobbying in several countries and despite Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein deciding not to vote, all the other countries voted to keep Article 52C (which bans software patents) in the …
Graham Lea, 22 Nov 2000