Stories by Sam Costello

Microsoft fixes bugs in IIS -- again

It must be not be much fun to work on Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Information Services 5.0 (IIS) these days. The first two weeks of May saw the discovery of a number of security flaws in IIS, including ones that might lead to denial of service (DoS) attacks or allow an attacker to take near-total control of a system.

Proxicom tells Compaq to cough up more cash

Proxicom Inc., which had agreed to be purchased by Compaq Computer Corp. in April unless a better deal came along, said Wednesday that it has found just such a deal and that Compaq has until Monday to make a better offer.

CA builds wireless plans with multiple deals

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) announced a deluge of wireless partnerships Wednesday aimed at beginning what it calls the second phase of its mobile eBusiness plans.

Microsoft warns of another DoS problem in Win2K

Microsoft Corp. Wednesday said that a new flaw in its Windows 2000 Server software can lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The bug was the second DoS flaw in Windows 2000 announced this month.

New Sniffer adds VoIP management capabilities

Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates Inc., announced the release Tuesday of Sniffer Voice, a new software package aimed at easing and enhancing the management of VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) traffic and other types of data for corporate networks and service providers. The software announcement was made at the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas.

Toshiba to introduce Crusoe-based Libretto

Toshiba and Transmeta said Monday that starting in mid-May Toshiba would offer Japanese customers a model of its Libretto mini-notebook based on Transmeta's Crusoe processor. The Toshiba Libretto L1/060TNMM will be built around a 600MHz Crusoe processor and will sport a 10-inch SXGA (super extended graphics array) TFT (thin film transistor) screen with a 1280 x 600 resolution.

Proxicom gets acquisition offer, Compaq deal on for now

Just when you think you've got a deal wrapped up. Compaq Computer Corp. announced in late April that it was buying consulting and services firm Proxicom Inc. for US$266 million, but on Monday Proxicom said it had gotten another takeover offer [see "Compaq buys Proxicom for US$266 million," April 26].

Microsoft admits flaw in Windows 2000 server software

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday acknowledged that an "extremely serious" flaw in an obscure extension included in Windows 2000 could allow a hacker to gain complete control of any system running both Windows 2000 and the company's Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 server.

U.S., Chinese hackers continue Web defacements

Two days into what was supposed to be a 'cyberwar' launched by Chinese hackers in retaliation for the death of Chinese pilot Wang Wei, a number of U.S. government Web sites have been defaced, but groups of U.S. hackers have entered the picture as well, hacking Chinese sites.

ISS snaps up Network ICE for $195 million

Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to acquire Network ICE Corp., a maker of desktop security products, in a deal valued at US$195 million.

Two U.S. government sites hacked over weekend

Two U.S. government Web sites were hacked over the weekend, with at least one of the hackers posting a photo of Chinese pilot Wang Wei, who was killed when his plane collided with a U.S. spy plane in early April.

SDMI attempts to quash researcher's findings

SDMI, the Secure Digital Music Initiative, returned to the spotlight earlier this week when it asked an academic who participated in its highly publicized hacking challenge to not present his results at a conference.

Website to fight cross-border online fraud launched

A new Web site was launched Tuesday to aid in the battle against online fraud. Called, the site unifies the efforts of thirteen countries, including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Mexico, and will work to combat cross-border Internet fraud, according to a statement by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the organization leading the charge.