By Robert Lemos, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: February 23, 2005, 3:54 PM PT
Online payroll service provider PayMaxx shuttered its automated W-2 site on Wednesday after a researcher claimed that two security holes had exposed data on more than 25,000 people.
A description of the problem posted on Think Computer's Web site by Aaron Greenspan, president of the software start-up, said the security issues could allow anyone to view the W-2 forms generated for employees of PayMaxx's clients for the last five years.
PayMaxx did not acknowledge or deny the problems, saying that a third-party security company was investigating the allegations.
"No system in the world is 100 percent secure from a sophisticated and determined hacker," the Tennessee-based payroll company said in a statement sent to CNET News.com. "PayMaxx has made and continues to make every effort to secure its system against any breach."
This news story is not security related but seeing as so many people use Hotmail, I decided to post it.
Hotmail outage peeves some e-mail users
By Alorie Gilbert, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: February 23, 2005, 4:55 PM PT
Microsoft is grappling with a Hotmail outage that's keeping some users of the e-mail service from using their accounts.
A faulty server is apparently the root of the problem, according to a Microsoft customer service representative who confirmed the outage on Wednesday. The representative declined to immediately discuss the nature of the problem, when it began, or how many of Hotmail's 187 million users are affected.
The outage has caused intermittent access to Hotmail accounts for some consumers over the last couple of weeks and, more alarmingly, appears to have erased new and saved messages from in-boxes, according to several people who contacted CNET News.com about the problem. It is also the latest in a string of ongoing customer complaints about the service.
Customers, especially paying ones, are starting to lose patience.
"For a company the size of Microsoft, which bills themselves as a progressive, consumer-friendly organization, they're really taking a long time to fix this," said Dwight Foster, a Hotmail subscriber in Orinda, Calif., who pays $20 a year for an account with extra storage. "I'm about to blow a gasket."