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NEWS - July 22. 2005

by roddy32 / July 21, 2005 11:33 PM PDT
Longhorn's new name: Windows Vista
By Mike Ricciuti, n/a
Published on ZDNet News: July 22, 2005, 6:18 AM PT

The next version of Windows finally has an official name: Windows Vista.

The advertising tagline for Vista is "Clear, Confident, Connected: Bringing clarity to your world," according to a video of the announcement posted by Microsoft.

Microsoft has also registered the domain name windowsvista.us.

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National cybersecurity test set for fall
by roddy32 / July 22, 2005 1:11 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - July 22. 2005

Published: July 22, 2005, 7:41 AM PDT
By Anne Broache
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The Department of Homeland Security plans to launch a national exercise in November that will test the government's readiness to handle cyber emergencies.

Andy Purdy, acting director of the DHS's National Cyber Security division, announced the exercise, called Cyber Storm, earlier this week in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing. The division's top priority is establishing a "National Cyberspace Response System to prevent, detect, respond to, and reconstitute rapidly after cyber incidents," Purdy said in written testimony. Cyber Storm will test that "concept of operations for national incident response," which was devised by a consort of federal agencies, including the Defense and Justice departments.

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Panel: Don't rush into new data security laws
by roddy32 / July 22, 2005 8:02 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - July 22. 2005

By Anne Broache, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: July 22, 2005, 2:55 PM PT

WASHINGTON--Sweeping federal laws on personal data security aren't necessarily the way to go, a panel of lawyers, academics and federal officials said here Friday.

"There is this perception that we really need to do something on the part of the political leadership, and I understand that," Orson Swindle, a former Federal Trade Commissioner, said on a panel organized by the Progress & Freedom Foundation. "But I think we need to step back."

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University of Colorado servers hacked
by roddy32 / July 22, 2005 10:39 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - July 22. 2005

Published: July 22, 2005, 5:27 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The University of Colorado has become the latest educational institution to fall prey to hackers. The school is warning about 43,000 people that they may be at risk of having their identities stolen after two of its servers were attacked, it said Thursday. One server, at the school's health center, contained the names, Social Security numbers, student ID numbers, addresses and dates of birth of about 42,000 people, the university said. Also stored on the server were the results of about 2,000 laboratory tests, the university said. The break-in was discovered on July 14. Initial investigation has found no evidence that personal data was extracted or abused, according to the university.

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Blueprint for more-secure servers released
by roddy32 / July 22, 2005 11:30 AM PDT
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By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: July 22, 2005, 6:18 PM PT

The Trusted Computing Group has released a specification for servers with a special security chip, which the industry group says will better protect data and transactions.

At the heart of the blueprint for "trusted servers" is the Trusted Platform Module, a chip that stores digital keys, certificates and passwords. The TPM is already used in PCs. More than 15 million "trusted clients" have been shipped by PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, according to the TCG.

Computers with the security chip can wall off data, secure communications and identify systems belonging to the company or to business partners.

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