Credit card hack endangers 40m accounts
A breach in a data-processing company's security has potentially left 40m credit cards open to fraud
MasterCard said Friday it had identified a security breach on a machine belonging to Tuscon-based CardSystems Solutions. CardSystems itself says the incident happened in late May and has subsequently contacted the FBI as well as MasterCard and VISA.
MasterCard described the breach as a set of 'vulnerabilities [which] allowed an unauthorized individual to infiltrate their network and access the cardholder data'. ...more
Microsoft offers free Exchange Server 2007 trial
Microsoft has begun offering enterprises a free trial of Exchange Server 2007, its 64-bit only back-office messaging system.
The trial will enable businesses to test new features including 'anywhere access' to email, voice mail, calendars and contacts from any PC or mobile device. There are also improvements for protecting against spam and viruses, and support for data handling compliance with government and industry regulations. ...more
MIT brings video games to the classroom
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT have turned their attention to the thorny problem of the way video and computer games are used in the classroom.
Fortunately, this does not mean using 'Grand Theft Auto III' to hone children's driving skills or that Tomb Raider is a suitable introduction to archeology. Instead MIT is looking to find ways to integrate games into subjects in the curriculum. ...more
Judge Jackson speaks out
The US District Judge who ruled that Microsoft should be split has blamed Microsoft's "intransigence" for the breakup order it now faces.
Speaking at a public forum for the first time since his ruling back in early July, Thomas Penfield Jackson said he would have preferred to see Microsoft and the government antitrust enforcers reach an agreement.
''The structural remedy was never my remedy of choice,'' Jackson said. ...more
Spammers turn home computers into spam factories
Spammers have turned to viruses to prise open computers and force them to send the flood of spam mail.
UK-based MessageLabs says it has discovered in the last couple of weeks that senders of spam are using viruses to hijack computers with backdoor trojans and then use these pawns to send their own spam.
'We've suspected it for some time now,' said Paul Wood, chief information analyst at MessageLabs, whose services are used to scan 14 million emails a day. ...more