IT managers must be prepared to see half of all the well-known IT vendors doing business today disappear in the next three years, either through mergers or bankruptcy, Gartner Inc. CEO and Chairman Michael Fleisher warned today during the opening keynote speech of the company's Symposium/ITxpo 2001.
"You'll need to anticipate incredible consolidation, both in your own industry as well as in your suppliers. Your most trusted partner may suddenly be subsumed by another company that you chose not to do business with," he said...
The FBI's computer security center said hackers continue to target e-commerce sites, and third-party service providers are the weak link.
The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) issued an advisory Friday warning that computer criminals are specifically targeting "several third-party service providers" that employ weak security practices.
According to NIPC, attackers are targeting partners of e-commerce and e-banking firms in order to gain access to the "proprietary information" contained at the sites.
Kim Schmitz, the German hacker and businessman who has made headlines recently by declaring a hacking war on terrorism, has launched a new Web site as part of his efforts.
The Web site, http://www.kill.net, was launched Sunday at just about the same time that the U.S. and U.K. launched the much-anticipated first military attack against Osama bin Laden's based Qaeda network and Afghanistan's Taliban government. Bin Laden is believed to be the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a systems security task order from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The five-year program includes one base year and four one-year options and has a potential value of more than $4 million to the company's Information Technology (IT) sector.
America Online has fixed a security hole that for years allowed a cadre of cognoscenti hackers to create bogus AOL accounts and hack away in relative obscurity, but has yet to patch a little-known vulnerability that allows anyone with an AOL account to switch many phone customers' long-distance providers.