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'Open and helpful community' - of credit card thieves

Phil · Jul 14, 2003 0
Credit card fraud "power users" with programming skills and no fear are making it easier for newbies to break into white collar crime, according to a report from the Honeynet Research Alliance this week.

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Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex Sites

SimonV · Jul 14, 2003 1
Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex Sites

More than a thousand unsuspecting Internet users around the world have recently had their computers hijacked by hackers, who computer security experts say are using them for pornographic Web sites.

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Hacker Contest Mostly About Hype

SimonV · Jul 14, 2003 1
Hacker Contest Mostly About Hype
It was supposed to be a battle royal, a contest pitting hackers worldwide in a bid to deface as many websites as possible.

But the so-called Defacers Challenge, which took place over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, fizzled like a damp firecracker. It was all smoke, no sparks.

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Met swoops after nuclear hacking

SimonV · Jul 10, 2003 2
Met swoops after nuclear hacking

The Metropolitan Police's Computer Crimes Unit has arrested an 18-year old London man after a hacking attack on a nuclear research laboratory of the US Department of Energy.
The attack occurred in June 2002 when 17 unclassified computers at the laboratory in Botavia, Illinois, were illegally accessed.

The hacker placed music and video files on the labs computer, which internet users could then download. Enquiries revealed that the attacking computer was based in the UK and the Met's specialist computer crime unit was alerted.

The arrested man was taken to a north London police station on 9 July, where he is being bailed to return in mid-August, pending forensic examination of the computers seized from his home.

Police do not believe that any sensitive information was either stolen or accessed during the hacking but enquiries into all aspects of the attack continue.

Talking computers nearing reality

SimonV · Jul 9, 2003 4
Talking computers nearing reality

Machines that listen and talk like humans are becoming a reality, many researchers and executives say.

The technical kinks, high costs and application misfires that have held back the acceptance of speech recognition and activation--one of computing's Holy Grails--are being ironed out, they say. As a result, companies are coming out with a variety of products that will let consumers access databases using voice commands, or transform e-mails into one- or two-way verbal exchanges

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Confusing jargon blamed for IT spending slump

SimonV · Jul 8, 2003 0
Confusing jargon blamed for IT spending slump

Consumers are putting off purchases because of obscure terms such as 'megahertz', 'Bluetooth' and 'DVR', according to a survey
Consumers are balking at technology purchases because they don't understand the technology in PCs and other high-tech gadgets, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of an AMD Consumer Research Group.

The AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board (GCAB), founded by processor manufacturer AMD, claims that the study is the first to quantify the effect that tech confusion has on purchasing behaviour.

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MyLife virus strikes at ten to midnight

SimonV · Jul 7, 2003 0
MyLife virus strikes at ten to midnight

Sophos has detected several incidents of a new MyLife virus that attempts to delete sys files at 10 minutes to the hour.
W32/MyLife-M is an email worm that spreads by sending itself through Outlook to addresses found in the Outlook address book.

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Stopping the Spammers

SimonV · Jul 7, 2003 0
Stopping the Spammers

With nearly one in two e-mails being junk, consumers could stop doing business electronically. Danny Bradbury finds out how spammers work and what IT departments can do to fight them.

Asimple invitation enticing people to a reception for a new DEC-20 machine from an engineer in 1978 got the spam ball rolling. Now, it is threatening to seriously hinder e-mail as a medium for commercial communications. E-mail filtering company Brightmail has reported that 46% of all mails that it encounters are spam. If nearly one in two e-mails received are junk, consumers could easily revert to other means of communication. Clearly, something has to be done...full story here

DoJ faults Microsoft's anti-trust compliance

SimonV · Jul 5, 2003 0
DoJ faults Microsoft's anti-trust compliance

Microsoft is not moving fast enough to comply with the settlement terms of its long-running anti trust case, according to the US Department of Justice.

Under the anti-trust settlement Microsoft was forced to provide rivals with reasonable, timely access to Windows to allow them to build products that interoperate with Microsoft's technology.

In the first status report following Microsoft's 2001 antitrust settlement, the DoJ said it was concerned that Microsoft had failed to provide adequate access to the Windows source code.

While Microsoft had made a number of changes to its licensing programme, called MCPP (Microsoft’s Communications Protocol Licensing Program) the DoJ highlighted concerns about the royalty structure and rates proposed by Microsoft.

One condition that angered rivals was Microsoft's charge of $100,000 for companies to examine Windows code to see if they wanted to buy it. If they...

Inland Revenue cracks down on computer misuse

SimonV · Jul 5, 2003 0
Inland Revenue cracks down on computer misuse

The Inland Revenue has disciplined 205 people for computer misuse, and in 1994 and 1996 dismissed offenders who were later sentenced to a year behind bars.

The figures are revealed in a House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on "Inland Revenue: Tax Credits and Tax Debt Management''.

The all-party group said that the department would spend £31m on a new management information system by 2007 to improve performance.

In its report, the PAC said, "The department has disciplined 205 people in 2002 for all types of computer misuse, not just unauthorised browsing of tax record.

"The chairman of the board recently issued a strongly worded note to all departmental staff making it clear that computer misuse was a serious offence, ultimately punishable by dismissal.

"There had been two instances, dating back to 1994 and 1996, where departmental staff had sold information. In each case the offender...
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