Stories by Sam Costello

Chernobyl to hit again Thursday

Chernobyl, a 3-year-old virus that devastated thousands of computers worldwide when it first hit in 1999, is set to become active again Thursday, according to anti-virus company Trend Micro Inc. The virus, officially called CIH but better known by its more incendiary moniker, is triggered every April 26.

VeriSign expands domain names to over 350 languages

If you've been waiting to register your Web address in Arabic, are convinced that an Urdu URL (Uniform Resource Locator) will be the answer to your dot-com woes or perhaps are dying to have a domain name written in Cherokee, VeriSign Inc. said Friday that it can help.

CERT to sell security threat information

The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), a government-funded Internet security group, said Thursday that it would begin offering to private sector companies advance notice security alerts that it had previously only shared with the government.

IDC: Security software to top billions by 2004

Two reports from market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) this week forecast that two different sectors of the market for corporate network security products will top US$1 billion by 2004.

'Matcher' virus fails to spread the love

Remember the song "Looking for love in all the wrong places?" Well, security firm Trend Micro Inc. Wednesday found yet another place where love is promised, but only trouble is delivered.

Vodafone announces location-based services, Google deal

Standing on the corner of Main Street and looking for a restaurant? On the bus and desperate to find out about practically anything? If you've got a mobile phone from Vodafone Group PLC your problems could be solved, thanks to two announcements made Tuesday by a division of the U.K.-based phone company.

Red Hat offers software management service, new OS

Red Hat Inc., a leading Linux software vendor, announced Monday the release of a new service to simplify the administration of systems running its software, as well as a new release of its operating system (OS).

DT reorganizes management board, creates new divisions

In a move designed to bring its management structure in line with its business unit structure, Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) announced Wednesday that it will consolidate control of four business organizations under two board members. The company also announced further reorganizations and the departure of two members of its board of managers.

DiMA addresses Webcasting royalties

The Digital Media Association (DiMA) will file documents with the US Copyright Office, asking the government to set the rate at which Webcasters will pay copyright owners for songs broadcast, members of the group said on a conference call Wednesday.

Net telephone company looks to p-to-p to avoid tolls

Tired of paying for phone calls? Convinced that PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone connections are too noisy, echo-filled and unreliable? Want to jump on the peer-to-peer thrill ride? Well, Free World Dialup Inc., a new company founded by long-time telecommunications industry analyst Jeff Pulver, thinks it has just the thing for you.

Napster claims labels trying to "relitigate"

Leading up to its first court appearance in over a month, Napster Inc. released its third brief on Thursday, detailing its compliance with a U.S. District Court order that it block copyrighted material from its service. With a hearing scheduled for April 10 in the courtroom of Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, who handed the order down, Napster and its foe, the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA), have traded increasingly hostile legal filings for the past month.

Novell completes financing of Volera spin-off

Novell Inc. has completed the initial round of financing for its spin-off company Volera Inc., taking in US$83 million and completing the formation of the new company, it announced Friday.