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Source: The Register
Oracle Corp has been forced to issue security patches for its 9i Application Server and database management system: products that it had previously claimed were "unbreakable", writes Matthew Aslett.
The security holes were discovered by David Litchfield, co-founder of Sutton, UK-based Next Generation Security Software, and would enable a cracker to take complete control of a web server running Oracle 9i Application Server, or an Oracle 9i database server.
Source: USA Today
Imagine if one company held the right to collect a fee each time an Internet user clicked on a Web site link and jumped to another Web page.
It may sound far-fetched, but a U.S. federal court will hear preliminary arguments next week to determine if this most elemental of Internet activities is the business property of a lone company, protected in the form of a patent.
Bina Rani Jit said she still doesn't know how someone managed to clean out her bank account and leave her $1,300 in the red.
"I used my banking card maybe once or twice a month," she said. "It never left my wallet."
Be that as it may, someone had deposited a bogus $47,000 cheque into her account, which contained $2,600. With the balance inflated, the thief withdrew $3,900 before attracting attention.
eBay is warning against a new version of an email scam that attempts to persuade unwary recipients to hand over their credit card details.
The email, which does not come from an eBay address, purports to be from the auction company and tells recipients their order will be with them in two to three days.
As computers continue to dominate an increasing number of daily activities, it is ever more important that operating systems adopt the most idealistic standards to allow their users to be as productive as possible. In the world of user interface design, consistency is king. A consistent user interface not only can make a product more intuitive, but also can help users be significantly more productive. Unfortunately, the latest trend in "user-friendliness" is allowing users to modify the interface of an operating system extensively by applying "skins" or "themes."