Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Latest Posts

FUD flies between HP and Sun on Solaris support

Now that word is circulating that HP is in some way shape or form supporting Solaris on its systems, the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) has hit the proverbial fan between HP and Sun.  Last Friday, I received an unsolicited statement from Sun regarding HP's supposed support of Solaris via e-mail.

January 30, 2006 by David Berlind

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Landmines at the Patent Office

If your company uses MS Office (and who doesn't?) you may soon be deploying a patched version of Office so that Microsoft can get around a patent infringement suit that they lost.

January 30, 2006 by Phil Windley

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How cybercrime pays

Worth reading: Rob Vamosi has the inside story on how James Ancheta became an American cybervillain. He's not part of the Russian cybermafia, just a 20-year old California lad who pled guilty last week to four felony counts for creating a worm and amassing about 40,000 bot machines, including some from classified Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and profiting via serreptitiously installing adware on machines and collecting payments.

January 30, 2006 by Dan Farber

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What makes schools vulnerable

A ZDNet story, Notre Dame probes hack of computer system, got me thinking about why a university is more susceptible than other institutions to this kind of vulnerability. At Notre Dame, it was a list of donors -- along with social security numbers, credit card numbers and check images -- which were located on the compromised server.

January 30, 2006 by Marc Wagner

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Oracle: Third party security patch breaks our stack

InfoWorld is reporting that Oracle is warning its customers not to implement a vulnerability patch that was developed by security researcher David Litchfield (fellow blogger George Ou had the coverage last week). Litchfield was motivated to create his own patch because Oracle, despite four attempts, has apparently failed to do so successfully (according to the InfoWorld story).

January 29, 2006 by David Berlind

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ActiveGrid pushes lightweight LAMP development

Peter Yared, CEO of ActiveGrid, has said that Java is a dinosaur. In our podcast interview, Yared, who spent five years at Sun working with Java, explains why he believes that the alternative--lightweight development based on open source LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/Python/PHP)--is preferable to Java for many kinds of applications.

January 29, 2006 by Dan Farber

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