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February 19, 2012 By Quttera

Quttera URL Scanner

Quttera URL Scanner is a standalone utility used to investigate content of a web-site and to verify whether specified web site is safe...

October 12, 2010 by

Undercover report hits Apple manufacturer

An undercover investigation has unveiled the working and disciplinary conditions in place at Apple's Chinese technology manufacturer Foxconn, including allegations that staff worked 12-hour days for almost an entire fortnight in the six months before the launch of the iPad.

March 13, 2009 by

Getting inside a CIO's head

I was disappointed to see that our nation's first chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, is having some major distractions, with the FBI raiding the District of Columbia CIO's office he was overseeing. According to this report from ZDNet's Sam Diaz, Kundra has not been linked to the raid, which stemmed from a bribery investigation involving employees and technology vendors.

March 11, 2008 by

Eliot Spitzer's software nightmare

New York State's governor, Eliot Spitzer, got caught in a prostitution probe largely because of financial reporting rules emphasized in the post 9/11 era.As described by Larry Dignan:[W]hat really snared Spitzer was a money laundering investigation that was flagged by suspicious activity reports (SARs) that banks have to file with the Treasury to surface everything from money laundering to terrorist activity.Let's take a brief look at the somewhat-arcane subject of money laundering and the technology designed to stop it.

January 16, 2008 by

Oracle, BEA and the big virtual Java adventure

So there I was reading up on Mr Ellison’s announcement this afternoon that, “The addition of BEA products and technology will significantly enhance and extend Oracle’s Fusion middleware software suite,” and I thought a little deeper investigation into BEA was appropriate. BEA clearly had their house and their technology stack well in order for the “suits” at Oracle to scoop them up, so what better excuse for a little tech update and a spin around their developer resources.

November 29, 2006 by

UK silent on Wi-Fi radiation claims

The Department of Health appears to have been wrong-footed by an MP who called for an investigation into whether Wi-Fi networks pose a danger to health.Dr Ian Gibson, former chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, last week called for the Department of Health to set up an inquiry into the apparent dangers of Wi-Fi communications.

April 23, 2004 by

Google's chastity belt too tight

Despite claims of "advanced proprietary technology," the search giant's opt-in porn filter proves no better than the primitive tools of the last decade, blocking many harmless sites, a CNET investigation shows.

September 30, 2003 by

British Army uses PC forensics in Iraq

The British Army has revealed that it is using PC forensics technology in Iraq to search through recovered electronic media in the investigation into illegal activities undertaken by Saddam Hussein's regime. The British Army's Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG)--a specialist TA unit that provides IT services--has been deployed in Iraq since the end of the war in order to analyze abandoned and partially destroyed electronic media.

June 14, 2002 by

Feds set up security alliance

Three federal agencies have formed an alliance to help small businesses protect their information technology. The National Infrastructure Protection Center, a part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology will provide computer and IT security to the companies. The agencies will sponsor a series of workshops in Washington, San Francisco and Chicago to help train small-business owners to identify cost-effective security products, processes and services. --Margaret Kane, Special to ZDNet News

May 23, 2002 by

IRS tweaks Web pages to curb fraud

The Internal Revenue Service is tweaking the technology in its Web pages so that people surfing the Web to research ways of avoiding taxes will turn up the agency's fraud pages instead. The IRS publishes information on the Internet about suspect tax schemes and online scams. The agency is trying to make those pages more prominent in search results by using key words or metatags, code that is not visible to Web surfers, but helps search engines find relevant sites. Sample metatags the IRS is looking at include the terms "pay no tax" and "form 1040." For instance, typing the words "pay no tax" into MSN and Google search engines on Thursday turned up links to sites with text such as "beat the IRS" and "offshore banking." "There (are) many Web sites promoting schemes and questionable tax type situations, and as a consumer alert, we wanted consumers to weigh the pros and cons," said Patti Reid, spokeswoman for the IRS's Criminal Investigation unit. Reid said that the IRS pages did not always come up when key words were entered, but that they are working on the technology so that an individual "can make a more educated decision." --Margaret Kane, Special to ZDNet News

March 25, 2002 by

IBM, Mayo Clinic to create diagnosis database

Technology from IBM will soon help guide doctors at the Mayo Clinic through patient diagnosis and demographic analysis as part of a jointly developed database. Big Blue announced Monday that it will develop a system for the prestigious not-for-profit health care organization designed help archive medical information and make diagnoses and treatments more accurate. The system will be based on IBM's DB2 database software and include new technologies designed specifically for the Mayo Clinic. "This will be one of the most comprehensive and complex information systems ever developed for clinical investigation, designed to help investigators understand illnesses on a molecular level and support improved treatment decisions," said Jeff Augen, director of strategy for IBM Life Sciences, in a press release. The technology will give the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic faster access to information that can identify patients for clinical trials, analyze medical data to devise treatment plans and draw meaning from genomic data. The information accessed by the new system will come from public and private databases but will only be collected from consenting patients, according to IBM. The Mayo Clinic, which sees more than 500,000 patients a year, has a staff of some 2,400 doctors and scientists. --Tiffany Kary, Special to ZDNet News

November 14, 2001 by

House to combat Internet piracy

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that provides funding to combat Internet piracy under the No Electronic Theft Act, according to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The funding will be used to increase staff, including appointing 18 attorneys, for the investigation and prosecution of intellectual property crimes, such as software counterfeiting. The act, which was enacted by Congress four years ago and authored by Goodlatte, was established to strengthen copyright laws and increase the penalties for digital piracy. Goodlatte sits as chairman of the House Republican High Technology Working Group as well as co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus. He also serves on the House Republican Cyber-Security Team.

June 7, 1998 by

Fight over encryption moves to the trenches

Call it a digital detente.With little hope that clarifying legislation will make it through Congress this year, consumer groups, industry lobbyists and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are digging in for an extended war over encryption -- the technology used for ensuring that data and communications remain private.


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