Stories by Todd R. Weiss

US Feds Warn of Attacks on E-Commerce Sites

As the busy holiday shopping season gets into full swing, a federal security agency affiliated with the FBI is warning that attacks by malicious hackers against e-commerce Web sites and other companies doing business online are on the rise.

Starbucks E-commerce Investments Leave Bad Taste

Starbucks Corp. yesterday said US$58.8 million in losses from its investments in four e-commerce ventures nearly wiped out the operating profit that the coffee maker earned from its core retail business during the company's fiscal fourth quarter.

New York Ban on Net Cigarette Sales Halted

A federal judge in New York has halted the state's enactment of a new law that would ban direct cigarette sales over the Internet to prevent minors from obtaining them.

Multilingual Domain Name Testing to Begin

The company that maintains the master database of Internet domain names tomorrow plans to start testing the use of multilingual Web site names, initially supporting Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters in addition to the English ones used now.

Retail Chain Makes Huge Linux Buy

In what could be the largest commercial deployment of its kind to date, IBM last week announced that it's selling 15,200 Linux-based servers to a Japanese convenience-store chain.

Update: Microsoft Says It Tracked Intruder for 12 Days

Microsoft now says its information technology security managers knew that a hacker was combing through the company's computer network for a 12-day period this month. But the software vendor allowed the invasion to continue in an apparent effort to increase its chances of identifying the culprit.

Vendor Group Developing Standard for B2B

A group of vendors including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems said that it's working to develop a proposed XML-based standard for use by companies in coordinating and processing multiparty transactions via the Web.

New CRM, Other Functions Added to PeopleSoft 8

PeopleSoft Inc. Monday announced a host of new additions to its flagship PeopleSoft 8 suite, including new customer relationship management (CRM) applications and a portal feature that was designed to improve relationships with customers.

First Linux Development Standards Spec Released

The first version of a new Linux Development Platform Specification was released Wednesday, clearing the way for the adoption of standards that will make participating Linux platforms work together seamlessly.

Former Informix VP Indicted on Fraud Charges

A former European sales executive at Informix Software has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California on fraud charges after he allegedly inflated his division's income and revenue figures from 1994 to 1996.