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Apr 19 2007   7:38AM GMT

Channel news: State dept. gets pwned; CVS releases private data

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

U.S. state dept. gets pwned  A break-in targeting State Department computers worldwide last summer occurred after a department employee in Asia opened a mysterious e-mail that quietly allowed hackers inside the U.S. government’s network. [AP]

Not-so-compliant: CVS leaves credit-card, SSN and prescription info to dumpster divers

The same Texas Attorney General that is suing Radio Shack for dumping into the trash all sorts of customer info, is now also ready to sue pharmacy chain CVS for similar moves. CVS employees were apparently dumping customer records where any dumpster diver can get them, including all the expected info: name, address, phone number, social security number, credit cards and prescription data

Extending the outrage: Malware authors exploit Virginia Tech tragedy Camera phone footage ruse leads to Trojan depository. [TheReg]

Oracle patches 36 holes  Oracle Corp. on Tuesday issued patches for 36 holes in the database management system, application server, E-Business Suite and JD Edwards and PeopleSoft software.

Surprise: the channel matters: Dell continues to lose market share to HP, othersThe nearly channel-free Dell’s personal computer sales continued to decline in the first quarter in the United States and across the world. [NYT]

You-will-be-assimilated update: Microsoft to add 1B users by 2015  Microsoft Corp., trying to meet its goal of doubling the number of computer users to 2 billion by 2015, promised to cut its software prices to governments in developing countries that provide free computers to school children. [Reuters]

Assimilation enhancement dept: Bill Gates sees tech revolution without limits  Technology will keep getting better and better rather than plateauing out, with the humble keyboard making way for speech recognition software as standard, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said on Thursday. [Reuters]

Millions suffer CrackBerry withdrawal  BlackBerry mobile email suffered a massive outage, preventing BlackBerry users from sending and receiving emails.[]

Oracle scoops up AppForge assets Mobile apps go west. [TheReg]

Cyberterror: Afghan/Pakistan panic over death-virus hoax
Mobile message of death crosses border; rumors “do not make any sense in technological terms.” Calm fails to ensue.

Spare change: Microsoft paying up to $180m to settle Iowa suit Microsoft said it agreed to pay up to $180 million to settle a class-action lawsuit, claiming the company has used its monopoly to overcharge citizens in the state of Iowa. [eWEEK]

VMware VirtualCenter gets high availability clustering Clustering and replication vendor SteelEye Technology can now cluster together two VirtualCenter servers, eliminating a possible single point of failure for VMware’s management console.[]

VMware Converter P2V tool: Mostly thumbs up, despite glitchesVMware Converter users say that the free P2V tool works most of the time, but by no means all of the time.[]

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