David Coursey, Executive Editor, AnchorDesk is on a roll with his story yesterday about killing virus authors and follows up with yet another story. He says " From the reaction to yesterday's column--in which I kiddingly called for death to virus writers--it's easy to tell who has had to deal with viruses and who hasn't. People who've spent hours, even days, undoing the work of these computer terrorists, whose crimes inflict tremendous damage on people they can't possibly know, seem to appreciate my viewpoint more than most.
Internet Security Systems, one of the first Atlanta technology start-ups to make money and among the last to feel the economic downturn, has cut about 160 jobs --- half in the metro area. It saved three jobs by ending a perk of giving employees free sodas. The online security firm will trim 8 percent to 10 percent from operational costs by shedding workers, said Chief Financial Officer Rich Macchia. It will save about about $300,000 a year by not giving out soft drinks.
Sun is squeezing revenues out of its successful but ageing UltraSparc II servers and today announced faster chips and lower prices for its top of the range server.
466Mhz processors with 8MB of internal cache are now available for the Starfire Enterprise 10000. Starfires currently ship with up to 64 400Mhz CPUs. The new chips, which Sun claims yield a 16 per cent performance gain over their predecessors, will also be available for Sun's 3500, 4500, 5500 and 6500 systems.
A cyber-battle has broken out between Austria's right-wing Freedom Party (FPOE) and Web site hackers. The hackers have struck the FPOE's Web site a second time; this time, it was not only a defacement, as occurred over the weekend, but an audio-visual attack: defacement plus an audio feed added to the Web site.
RSA is offering £150,000 to the first person to crack a 2048-bit encryption key Internet security firm RSA Security is challenging individuals to test the strength of its algorithms in its latest crypto Factoring Challenge, with a cash prize of nearly £150,00 at stake.