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NEWS - August 8, 2005

by roddy32 / August 8, 2005 12:10 AM PDT
The rise of the digital thugs
Published: August 7, 2005, 1:30 PM PDT
By Timothy L. O'Brien
The New York Times

Early last year, the corporate stalker made his move. He sent more than a dozen menacing e-mail messages to Daniel I. Videtto, the president of MicroPatent, a patent and trademarking firm, threatening to derail its operations unless he was paid $17 million.

In a pair of missives fired off on Feb. 3, 2004, the stalker said that he had thousands of proprietary MicroPatent documents, confidential customer data, computer passwords and e-mail addresses. Using an alias of "Brian Ryan" and signing off as "Wounded Grizzly," he warned that if Videtto ignored his demands, the information would "end up in e-mail boxes worldwide."

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Microsoft to update final Windows 2000 patch
by roddy32 / August 8, 2005 3:31 AM PDT
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By Ina Fried, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: August 8, 2005, 10:20 AM PT

Microsoft is working to fix compatibility issues with a recently released update pack for Windows 2000.

The software maker has said the Windows 2000 Update Rollup, which came out in June, will be the last major update for the 5-year-old operating system. However, the company has noted that some users are having problems with the collection of patches, and it's working on fixes.

"To date, we have had several million downloads of the Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000," Peter Houston, a director of Windows servicing strategy, said in a statement. "We're seeing some issues with a small fraction of the downloads."

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ID theft ring hits 50 banks, firm says
by roddy32 / August 8, 2005 5:16 AM PDT
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Published: August 8, 2005, 12:06 PM PDT
By Ingrid Marson
Special to CNET News.com

A major identity theft ring has been discovered that affects at least 50 banks, according to Sunbelt Software, the security company that claims to have uncovered the operation.

The operation, which is being investigated by the FBI, is gathering personal data from "thousands of machines" using keystroke-logging software, Sunbelt said Monday. The data collected includes credit card details, Social Security numbers, usernames, passwords, instant-messaging chat sessions and search terms. Some of that data is then saved in a file hosted on a U.S.-based server that has an offshore-registered domain, according to Sunbelt.

In the two days that Sunbelt has been monitoring the file, the company has seen confidential financial details of the customers of up to 50 international banks, said Eric Sites, vice president of research and development at the Clearwater, Fla.-based security software maker.

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Daylight saving change could confuse gadgets
by roddy32 / August 8, 2005 6:19 AM PDT
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By Anne Broache, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: August 8, 2005, 1:11 PM PT

When eBay's clocks failed to jump forward an hour in 2001 to reflect daylight saving time, the timing on auctions ran into snags, prompting some head-scratching from sellers and bidders.

At the time, eBay blamed the glitch on a bug in Microsoft's Visual C++ code. Microsoft had released a fix.

On Monday, President Bush signed a sweeping energy bill that will lengthen daylight saving time by four weeks starting in 2007--raising the possibility of a smaller-scale repeat of Y2K-like problems.

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