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"ChoicePoint, under fire for being duped into allowing criminals to access its massive database of personal information, said yesterday that consumers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories may have been affected by the breach of the company's credentialing process."
"The way you type is as unique as your eye color or speech patterns and can be used instead of a password to protect your computer, researchers at Louisiana Tech and Penn State say."
Battles continue today in the M$ security war. Yesterday news began circulating that M$ Windows2003 server was found to be more secure than Redhat Enterprise. I'm skeptical until details of the study are released, as apparently they used the criteria of
"Erik Sjölund has reported some vulnerabilities in KDE, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges and potentially by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system."
Microsoft must be feeling the pressure from competing browsers as they are putting a lot of thought into how to improve Internet Explorer. However, they probably won't have a new version ready until Longhorn goes gold planned for 2006. Eweek is carrying more on this story.
In other news, Bill Gates' trip to Turkey only proved that Linux is cutting into his profits more and more as well. The newer Turkix was found to be quite popular there and is picking up speed as other European nations begin to show interest.
UPDATE: More Passing the Buck from M$.
My first reaction was OMG, but after reading the article it actually makes sense. It's a matter of doing the math I suppose. I guess the thing to do is for everyone to stop using Internet Explorer!
It's being reported that Microsoft has had to issue more patches for several vulnerabilities. In fact "six of the patches deal with code that was updated in Windows Service Pack 2." I wonder if this has been addressed. This comes on the heels of announcing the purchase of an anti-virus software company and being countersued by ITAC for libel. Here's that story. Makes one really glad they use Linux huh?
"Coverity analyzed MySQL 4.1.8 last month and found a total of 97 bugs among the open source database's approximately 425,000 lines of code." That's a quote from Sean Michael Kerner's article over on internetnews.com. Seems like a low percentage to me, yet I think I better update!
Spam has new way to evade security
E-mails via service providers clogging system
Yep, just what we need, more spam. Apparently they aren't as concerned with hiding from their isps as getting the mail out as they are now just sending it through their isps servers. Read the gory details here.