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Apr 3 2007   4:27AM GMT

Channel news: AJAX ripe for ripoff; illicit Vista SP1 fixes posted?

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AJAX apps ripe targets for JavaScript hijacking A pervasive vulnerability that allows an attacker to take over any Web browser and silently intercept sensitive data input occurs in Web 2.0 settings from Yahoo to ASP .Net to Google, security firm Fortify says. [eWEEK]

Blogger posts Windows Vista SP1 fixes on Web site The owner of the Hotfix blog has posted over 100 fixes he says he received from someone close to Microsoft who has access to the collection, expected to be released in the latter half of 2007. If the information’s legit, where are the security patches? [Computerworld]

Microsoft sued over ‘Vista Capable’ claims Microsoft deceived customers by allowing PC makers to label computers as “Windows Vista Capable” even though they couldn’t handle Vista’s key features, according to lawsuit lodged in the US. [ITWire]

Microsoft targets more software pirates Legal action aimed at groups that sold copies of Windows and Office discounted for academic use to regular users. [CNET]

U.S. indicts 4 for illegal tech exports to India The head of a U.S. electronics supplier and three employees have been indicted for shipping controlled U.S. computer technology with missile applications to
India, court documents made available on Monday showed. [Reuters]

RadioShack sued over Texas ID theft law RadioShack Corp. was sued on Monday by the Texas Attorney General’s office, which charged that the electronics retailer exposed consumers to potential identity theft by dumping data such as addresses and credit-card numbers in a trash bin behind one of its stores. [Reuters]

Meet the PCI DSS, avoid being the next TJX PCI Security Standards Council Chairwoman Seana Pitt explains how companies can avoid becoming the next TJX by meeting the guidelines of the PCI Data Security Standard.

Quad-core processor, software licensing gets tricky Software licensing schemes for multicore processors are getting confusing. Most independent software vendors license their wares per processor, but there are exceptions.[]

Regulations spark growing demand for data encryption Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA are prompting IT managers to use encryption for securing personal data on mobile devices. Microsoft is responding with its own encryption toolkit.[]

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 gets new manufacturing applications E-Business Suite 12 eliminates the need for third-party Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software, according to Oracle.[]

Snake slithering through GoogleplexIt’s been confirmed by Google. There is indeed a python on the loose at its New York office. A Google spokesperson confirmed that rumors from ValleyWag that a three-foot snake was on the loose was not an April Fool’s joke, and that the search company had “the appropriate resources in place to resolve this issue as quickly as possible in the best interests of both the Googlers in our NYC office and Kaiser the snake.” [CNET]

5 Ways Best Buy ruined Geek Squad Five ways Best Buy drives the costs out of the system, sullying Geek Squad CEO Robert Stephen’s vision of superlative computer repair, as told by a former Geek Squad Senior Agent. [Consumerist]

Brocade readies 10Gbit/s warchest Regrouping after Cisco pinched McData clients. [TheReg]

FCC imposes rules to prevent pretexting  Commission issues order listing new regulations phone companies must follow to protect subscribers’ call records and other personal data. [CNET]

Jobs talks new iTunes functions, DRM and video, iPod storage During a press conference on Monday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs announced that iTunes will soon begin selling DRM-free music tracks from record label EMI and later fielded questions on the prospect of DRM-free videos, the affect of higher bit-rate tracks on future iPod capacities and more. [AppleInsider via Digg]

Google responds to Yahoo by increasing Gmail storage to infinity plus one Google announced today that soon customers of their Gmail service will have their storage size increased to “infinity plus one.”  The announcement comes shortly after Yahoo’s announcement that their Yahoo mail customers would be given unlimited storage. [BBspot]

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