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Hacker Vandalizes Microsoft Site There are reports that a previously unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Information Services 6.0 server software may have been used to hack a Microsoft France Web site.
Analysts Chime In On Oracle's Projected Revenue Growth The company announced it will report stronger-than-expected financials this week. One industry watcher attributes the good news to an increase in IT spending and Oracle's "settling in" after nearly two dozen acquisitions in the past two years.
More VA Data Debacles Likely A repeat of the May debacle is inevitable unless changes are made. That's the assessment of the director of information management at the GAO.
Computer Sabotage Plot Tied To A Bid For Financial Gain This past week, the government laid out its case for how the defendant allegedly planned to profit from taking down UBS PaineWebber's network. Prosecutors say his "risky" investments would have only paid off if the stock dropped. The defense argues he simply had an aggressive investment strategy.
UBS Trial: Parts Of Attack Code Found At Defendant's Home A U.S. Secret Service agent testified that a search of Roger Duronio's home turned up part of a logic bomb on two of his home computers and in a printout found lying on top of a bedroom dresser. The defense, meanwhile, pounded away at UBS PaineWebber's security lapses.
John Soat With 'Never Enough Microsoft' Ray Ozzie will succeed Bill Gates as chief software architect. Meanwhile, Microsoft makes a big push into the security sector and also competes with iPod and iTunes.
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