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Schools stay mum on file traders' names

SimonV · Jul 23, 2003 0
Schools stay mum on file traders' names

Some universities are balking at stepped up demands from the recording industry to unmask alleged student file swappers, citing procedural uncertainties over an avalanche of subpoenas filed with the courts in recent weeks.

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Evesham dangles condoms in student PC promo

Phil · Jul 21, 2003 0
Students gearing up for the next academic year can get free condoms when they buy a PC or notebook from Evesham Technology.

The gimmick is part of the company's latest venture to target the UK's 3.2m students in higher education.

As part of a promo students can get a 5 per cent discount on all Evesham PCs and notebooks bought before September 30.

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Dell axes high-end server

SimonV · Jul 21, 2003 0
Dell axes high-end server

Dell once argued that an eight-processor server was powerful enough for most folks. Now, the company has backed off plans for systems even that size, canceling an Intel partnership in the process.

Dell had been funding Intel to build a chipset to yoke together as many as eight Intel Xeon processors for larger servers that are used for such demanding tasks as housing sales databases. But improvements in smaller two- and four-processor systems outpaced that of eight-processor systems during the "extended time" it took to develop the larger machine, said Neil Hand, a director of product marketing at Dell.

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Cisco IOS DoS exploit released in the wild

Phil · Jul 18, 2003 0
The risk posed by a serious DoS vulnerability to a wide range of Cisco Systems routers and switches has been upgraded following the release of an exploit onto a full disclosure mailing list.

As we reported yesterday, The DoS vulnerability arises from a bug in Cisco's core IOS software which means vulnerable devices to stop processing inbound packets on receipt of maliciously constructed IPv4 packets. Normal service would be restored only with a manual reboot.

No alarms will be triggered, nor will the router reload to correct itself. Cisco IOS versions 11.x and 12.x prior to 12.3 are affected by the vulnerability. That means almost everybody is affected.

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Microsoft's patches: Can you trust them?

SimonV · Jul 18, 2003 2
Microsoft's patches: Can you trust them?

News Analysis: Instead of spending time and money implementing every patch that Microsoft releases, stick to the service packs and bolster your security policy, say experts.

To survive the next Slammer-like virus attack, updating applications and operating systems with every patch that Microsoft releases is the worst thing any business can do, according to advice from security experts and industry analysts.

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Microsoft issues doubleplus critical security fix

Phil · Jul 17, 2003 6
Microsoft yesterday warned of a critical flaw affecting all versions of its operating systems bar Windows 98 and ME.

The critical vulnerability opens the way for crackers to run malicious code and take over vulnerable machines. The flaw affects Windows NT 4, NT 4 Terminal Edition, Win 2000, XP and Win 2003 (irrespective of any service pack applied). Redmond has issued a fix, which users are strongly urged to review.

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Robosnail: Science or sex toy?

Phil · Jul 17, 2003 0
Researchers at MIT have come up with a new experiment that raises the question, "Where do you draw the line between science and simply having too much time on your hands?"

Lurking in MIT's Fluid Dynamics Lab is a rather large creature known as Robosnail. At first glance, the contraption appears to be a sophisticated sexual aid. It has a battery powered motor mounted on top of a goo-covered, plastic layer.

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Is your company habouring file-swappers?

SimonV · Jul 17, 2003 0
Is your company habouring file-swappers?

File-sharing software lurks on virtually all corporate networks, according to a network-monitoring company

File-swapping applications are deeply entrenched inside corporate networks, according to a survey of computer systems by a Canadian network-monitoring company.

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Symantec 'security scan' distributes rootkit

Phil · Jul 16, 2003 5
"Symantec Security Check is a free web-based tool that enables users to test their computer's exposure to a wide range of on-line threats," the press release begins. Unfortunately, Symantec Security Check has also been installing an on-line threat of its own in the form of a dangerous ActiveX control.

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EZ-D creator readies disposable DVDs

Phil · Jul 14, 2003 7
A New York-based company has begun touting disposable DVDs that could radically change the way consumers acquire movies for domestic viewing.

If Flexplay has its way, rental and retail DVDs will be offered on a new type of disc the company plans to launch next month. The disc, dubbed EZ-D, is built of special plastics that become opaque when exposed to the air. Sold in air-tight packages, consumers have 48 hours to watch the movie before the DVD becomes a coaster.

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