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Cyber risk equals 9/11 impact

355w ago - The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway.

Michael Chertoff invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.

He told the world's biggest IT security conference that serious threats to cyberspace are on "a par this country tragically experienced on 9/11".

Such attacks can hit financial bodies and a government's powers, he said.

"We take threats to the cyber world as seriously as we take threats to the material world," Mr Chertoff added.

'Desire to serve'

Speaking to a packed auditorium at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Mr Chertoff pointed out that securing the nation's internet highways and byways was a job the federal government could not do alone.

Appealing to the private sector, the homeland security boss reached out and simply said: "Please send some of your brightest and best to do service in the government."

It was, he said, "the best thing you can do for your country".

And, if the crowd was somewhat sceptical about getting into bed with the government on this issue, Mr Chertoff talked of the first big-name Silicon Valley recruit to the cause....

Intel will survive US recession

355w ago - Intel will ride out any US recession and make a success of Wimax wireless broadband, the firm's chief executive Paul Otellini has told BBC News.

He said: "People turn to computers to improve productivity during downturn, because at the end of the day the computer is a tool for productivity."

Intel is the world's largest chip maker for desktops and laptops.

Answering BBC News users' questions, he said Intel's developing world laptop was better than the OLPC scheme.

Mr Otellini was confident that Intel would not be too badly affected by any recession in the American economy: "Much of our sales growth has have been in emerging markets - India, China and Eastern Europe - and I don't see them going into recession."

But he conceded that the credit crunch was having an impact: "We had a business we spun out into a new company and the launch was held up for five months because of the credit crunch.

"And we only needed a few hundred million dollars."

Mr Otellini also strongly defended Intel's promotion of its low-cost Classmate laptop in developing countries, which was criticised after the firm pulled out of the rival One Laptop Per Child Project.

In response to the suggestion from OLPC's founder Nicholas Negroponte that Intel had...

Sony lacks manufacturing capacity to meet Blu-ray demand?

355w ago - Despite Blu-ray's utterly devastating victory earlier this year, Sony may be in a spot of trouble. Seems the company has a bit of a problem manufacturing the discs (I swear I've heard that before), and since it's the the biggest producer of The Blu (that's how cool kids say Blu-ray), it could be the biggest obstacle to the format's success.

Not that that really matters, since in five years we'll have a new format. Demand for The Blu is expected to JUMP this year to 48 million units; Sony only has the capacity to manufacture 38 million, and that's after an upgrade to its facilities.

And while I'm thoroughly post-disc (technically), I did have my eye on the PS3, more or less because I could use it as a Blu-ray player.

But then I heard the system doesn't output DTS-HD, so what's the point? :P

HP Slaps Its Customers With Virus-Infected USB Stick!

355w ago - The Australian division of Hewlett Packard issued a warning regarding the optional USB stick the company ships with its ProLiant servers. According to the company, the stick comes not only with drivers for the hardware components, but also with a free copy of malware-infected software.

The USB sticks come from a batch of 256 MB and 1 GB pen drives that have been infected with "Fakerecy" and "SillyFDC" viruses prior to their public distribution. Designed to carry the optional drives for floppy-disks, they arrived to the customers infected out-of-the-box. The company could not estimate how many of the shipped pen-drives carry the malware code.

Both "Fakerecy" and "SillyFDC" viruses are low-risk threats, but they use to duplicate themselves onto the removable media installed on the infected computer. Given their spreading method, the incident is believed to have occurred during the USB disc cloning process inside the factory, rather than to have been the result of a deliberate, malicious attack.

Still, the situation is not likely to bring damage to Hewlett-Packard's customers, for a number of reasons. First of all, installing a floppy disk is optional, and it's less likely that a significant percent of the USB stick owners have performed this task.

Moreover, the ProLiant servers...

PSP Firmware 3.95 includes Customizable Controls for PSOne Titles

356w ago - Update: PSP Firmware 3.95 is now available via Network Update or here: PSP FW 3.95 (US) / PSP FW 3.95 (EU)

PlayStation Network head Eric Lempel has revealed that a new PSP firmware is coming and will be "available shortly."

Firmware 3.95 will introduce two new features, the first of which is the ability to customize control settings in PSP PSOne settings. The second is a more PlayStation 3 centric feature, allowing PSP owners to turn off their PS3 console or leave it on when exiting from a Remote Play session. To quote:

* While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom].
* You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on after quitting. This is useful if you are performing a download and want to quit Remote Play, but still want your download to continue on the PS3. Select [Quit and Turn Off the PS3 System] or [Quit Without Turning Off the PS3 System] from [Quit Remote Play] when you press...
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