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 'Rent-a-Zombie' Ringleader Pleads Guilty 'Rent-a-Zombie' Ringleader Pleads Guilty

A man who leased networks of infected computers to criminals to carry out denial of service and spam attacks has pleaded guilty and could receive six years in jail.

Twenty-year old Jeanson James Ancheta of California faces felony charges after making $61,000 from renting the infected machines and infecting US military computer systems. After his sentencing on May 1st he stands to lose his BMW and more than $58,000 in addition to jail time.

"Not only is it reassuring to see the US government prosecuting this 20-year-old where he actively targeted thousands of computer systems and infected them with malicious software for his own financial gain but it also shows the seriousness of this crime spree," said James Rendell, senior technology specialist at Internet Security Systems.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:28 pm
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 NTL's network showing signs of strain NTL's network showing signs of strain

A thread over on Cable forum is painting a sorry story with NTL's (UK Broadband ISP) recent network upgrades for 10MB services.

With nearly 200 replies, a lot of people seem to be experiencing issues with a recent Firmware upgrade causing their modems to cease connections to the internet. The only way to remedy this issue is to fully power off the modem and power it back on. These connection issues are occuring around 2-4 hours at a time. I am personally affected by this issue and NTL's customer service has been nothing short of a car wreck.

Many users have replied complaining about the issue and many others have started similar threads on the site complaining of the same issues. It has now been 7 days (5 working days) since this issue occured and NTL's official statement is "we are aware of the issue and are working towards resolving this. An issue with a planned firmware upgrade that was rolled out on Tuesday, has affected a limited amount of customers using the NTL 100 and 120 modems."

Also on the board, you can find many threads with users confused as to why they're not getting the full 10MB as promised. It seems the NTL network strugles at peak times from 6pm onwards and those who have been hard at work all day suffer once they're home and using their broadband. It's not yet known what is causing the poor speed issues.

Unfortunately for those on NTL, there has been no specific date given as to when these issues will be resolved.

If you're an NTL customer and you are currently experiencing loss of connectivity since Tuesday 17th January or you're not getting the "power of 10" as promised then please leave a comment and let us know.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:27 pm
News Source : Cable Forum

 Siemens, IBM to team up on Internet telephony Siemens, IBM to team up on Internet telephony

Siemens and IBM are teaming up to offer VoIP (Voice over IP) technology to the enterprise.

The two companies are planning to intergrate Siemens HiPath softswitches for VoIP into IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino servers.

Customers will be able to launch phone calls and conferencing from within their email clients or over instant messaging.

The intergration is expected to be complete by summer.

As Lotus Notes is the main competitor to Exchange in the enterprise, it will be interesting to note Microsoft's response with their upcoming Office 12 suite of Office applications. Microsoft recently unveilved their plans for the future of MSN Messenger with Windows Live for consumers. Users of Windows Messenger Live will have inbuilt VoIP functionality.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:26 pm
News Source : Washington Post

 14% of Internet Uses iTunes 14% of Internet Uses iTunes

According to the BBC, Statistics gathered by Nielsen NetRatings shows that traffic to Apple's iTunes Music Store grew by 241 percent in 2005.

The research revealed that teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old made up most of the users of iTunes. The figures mean that about 14% of the internet's active users are regularly using iTunes.

Between December 2004 and 2005 the numbers of people going to the site grew from 6.1 million to 20.7 million.

Most users were male, equaling 54% of the total amount of users.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:26 pm
News Source : BBC News

 ATI Radeon X1900 XTX review ATI Radeon X1900 XTX review

A good three months after ATI released the Radeon X1800 XT they again release a new high-end product series, one that needs to match NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB version.

The one card to rule them all ? This youngest bunch from the ATI clan .. well beasts of the brute actually, has been developed under codename R580 and was due to arrive for a while now actually. ATI decided to increase the number of Pixel Shader units inside that graphics core from 16 to 48 and with success. Oh and please, don't get confused here, it's 48 pixel shader units not to be confused with the cards sixteen "true" pipelines.

In a 23 page article will show you all the info you'll ever need.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:25 pm
News Source : Guru 3D

 Microsoft TechEd Europe 2006 Cancelled Microsoft TechEd Europe 2006 Cancelled

Just received official documentation that Microsoft TechED Europe 2006 in Amsterdam is cancelled. Teched Europe will evolve to 2 events (merging with IT Forum) and is rescheduled to November 2006 in Barcelona.

"To better serve the developer and IT professional communities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Microsoft is evolving its pan-European technical events (Tech Ed Europe and IT Forum) in 2006."

?Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: Developers?
will be a deep-dive technical event addressing the specific requirements of developers while ?Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum? will be replacing IT Forum but will retain its focus on IT professionals and their distinctive needs.
The two conferences will for the first time run back-to-back in November 2006, creating Microsoft?s premier technical education platform in the region and a central feature of the IT industry calendar.

Tech Ed 2006: Developers Positioning Statement
Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: Developers will be Microsoft?s premier European conference designed to provide developers with deep dive technical training, information and community resources focusing on building software solutions with Microsoft development tools for current and soon to release products and technologies.

Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum Positioning Statement
Microsoft Tech Ed 2006: IT Forum will be Microsoft?s premier European conference designed to provide IT professionals with technical training, information and community resources to build, plan, deploy and manage the secure connected enterprise.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:25 pm
News Source : Bink

 Mecca Set for Ultra-Modern Network Mecca Set for Ultra-Modern Network

Saudi giants Future Entertainment Works (FEW) are to build one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced IP converged networks in the world - alongside the city's Grand Mosque.

FEW are to employ Nortel technology at the King Abdulaziz Endowment Proje ct, a new 800,000 square metre urban development consisting of six towers, both for residential and retail use, and a five-star hotel. The ultra modern network will be fully IP-based and offer over 16 IP services including IPTV, Video on Demand, retail services, consumer information and advertisements.

Saudi Arabia's Mecca is a holy city, known best for the annual pilgrimage called Hajj.

The network will consist of 65,000 ports, 400 switches and the initial deployment of around 18,000 IP phones. It will be able to take advantage of virtually any IP-based device.

The development is expected to be completed in 2007, with the network scheduled for an early-2006 completion.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 25, 2006, 4:24 pm
News Source : Neowin

 New Mortal Kombat detailed New Mortal Kombat detailed

First details of the follow-up to Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks! Details have surfaced which will please fans of the franchise's lengthy and unique list of fighters. Over 60 playable characters will be included in the game, according to the latest issue of Game Informer.

For those who would rather put their own spin on a fighter, a Create-a-Kombatant option has been added that lets gamers pick facial features, wardrobe, and even maneuvers for their pugilist. The fatality system will be "reinvented," and midair combos and directional throws will also be included.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is scheduled for release on the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in October.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:29 pm
News Source : Gamespot

 600,000 Xbox 360's sold in the US to date 600,000 Xbox 360's sold in the US to date

According to the market research firm NPD Group, Xbox 360 has sold 600,000 units in the United States since their launch in late November. Stock shortages of the console have severely restricted its sales in North America and Europe, even in the wake of Christmas, and some retailers are believed to have unfulfilled preorders even now. However, Microsoft is bringing a new factory on line to produce the Xbox 360 next month, and hopes to be able to deliver new stock to the market at a faster rate by the end of this quarter.

The software giant revised its shipment targets for the Xbox 360 at the start of this year, and now expects to ship between 4.5 and 5.5 million units of the console worldwide by the end of its financial year on June 30th.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:28 pm
News Source : GamesIndustry

 Medal of Honor Airborne announced Medal of Honor Airborne announced

Electronic Arts today announced Medal of Honor Airborne, the newest installment from EA's critically-acclaimed Medal of Honor franchise which was credited with pioneering the First-Person Shooter (FPS) WWII genre when it debuted in 1999. While building on the key tenets of the franchise including historical accuracy and authenticity, Medal of Honor Airborne is set to redefine the series by introducing players to an entirely new way of experiencing a WWII FPS; namely the fully interactive Airborne experience. As the first game in the Medal of Honor series to be released on next generation platforms, Medal of Honor Airborne will ship to stores in Winter 2006 under the EA brand for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, Xbox; videogame system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne will also feature exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game.

"Medal of Honor Airborne is a step in a new direction for the franchise. While integrating our state-of-the-art, next-gen technology into every aspect of the game, we are introducing innovations that will redefine the series and impact the genre as a whole," explained Patrick Gilmore, VP and Executive Producer at EALA. "By fully controlling the airdrop from your very first step through landing, Medal of Honor Airborne adds a new dimension of player choice by letting you decide where every mission begins and how it plays out."

The Medal of Honor Airborne development team continues to ensure that the ideals and integrity of the prestigious congressional Medal of Honor are accurately reflected in the game. The producers sought counsel from numerous expert sources to make certain the game is historically accurate and as true to the WWII Airborne experience as possible. Serving as a military spokesperson for Medal of Honor Airborne, Capt. Dale Dye, who has worked as the Military Technical Advisor for the last 7 Medal of Honor games, will help to create a truly authentic experience.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:27 pm
News Source : GamesIndustry

 Battlefield 2 Booster pack and new patch information Battlefield 2 Booster pack and new patch information

EAGames UK posted some new information today about the upcoming "booster packs" that Battlefield 2 will see. What is most surprising is that the first booster pack, "Euro Force" will be released February 8th! Euro Force will contain 3 new maps, Operation Smoke Screen, The Great Wall of China, Taraba Quarry. A new army will be included, which is quite shockingly the European Army. New weapons will also be included, the FNP90 and Benelli Tactical Shotgun. 4 new vehicles are also coming, including the Eurofighter! View some Euro Force screenshots here.

The second booster pack is titled "Armored Fury" and that will be released March 28th. The pack will obviously focus on mechanized combat, on large scale maps that are reminiscent of some other memorable maps from Battlefield 1942 - El Alamein. There will be 3 new maps, Operation Harvest, Midnight Sun and Operation Road Rage. There will also be 2 new vehicle classes: Attack jets and Recon helicopters. Both Euro Force and Armored Fury will be available on the EA Downloader service for ?5.99.

In addition to the announcement of these booster packs, some more information was released on the upcoming patch for Battlefield 2. Needless to say some of the fixes are certainly long overdue and very welcome.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:27 pm
News Source : EA Games

 Guild Wars: Factions announced Guild Wars: Factions announced

NCSoft today, officially announced the next chapter in the Guild Wars universe. Guild Wars: Factions will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2006. Factions will add all new areas to explore, new professions to learn, new skills and monsters, and of course a load of new missions. Factions will also expand greatly on the PvP side of things, and enhance current guild features further.

To give players a taste of things to come, ArenaNet also announced that during the weekend of January 20th through the 22nd, everyone is invited to play the Guild Wars: Factions Global Free-For-All PVP weekend! ArenaNet will give away free keys to access the game and of course all current players will have full access to this event as well. During this event, we will all get a small dose of the expansion. Two of the new professions will be made available, the Ritualist and the Assassin. Players will be able to use some of the new skills from these new professions as well. Players will also be able to play on the new PvP continent named Battle Isles which has many new quests, and a large explorable area.

The original Guild Wars recently (September 2005) passed 1 million copies sold in North America and Europe and continues to grow. The addition of Factions to the Guild Wars universe should make for a great time.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:26 pm
News Source : NCSoft

 Burnout Revenge 360 Screens & Preview Burnout Revenge 360 Screens & Preview

Burnout fans with an appetite for destruction can feast their eyes on a few Burnout Revenge Xbox 360 screenshots, thanks to Team Xbox. The eight shots showcase some great new particle effects on the new hardware in 720p resolution. This game is definitely shaping up to be a high speed, blistering pace showcase, much like its current-gen counterparts.

Also posted today is a two page preview of the game, covering customary topics such as audio and video. Also including is information on the game's new Xbox Live! features, such as Live Revenge, a mode geared around creating heated rivalries between players, and Save and Share, which allows gamers to save their best crashes and upload them for others to view and comment on.

Burnout Revenge on the Xbox 360 is scheduled for release March 14th.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:26 pm
News Source : Team XBox

 EA files System Shock trademark EA files System Shock trademark

System Shock's rights to the spiritual successor may have been locked by Take-Two, but Electronic Arts is making sure the original franchise stays up. Electronic Arts registered a trademark last month on the title "System Shock" for use in video games. Interestingly enough, it also made note that the trademark was to apply to "a computer game that may be accessed network-wide by network users," or "an online computer game accessed and played via mobile and cellular phones and other wireless devices."

The System Shock name has been in the news a bit lately as Irrational Games, developer of the classic System Shock 2, was purchased by Take-Two Interactive, which recently registered a trademark for BioShock, Irrational's "spiritual successor" to the System Shock franchise.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:25 pm
News Source : Gamespot

 Take-Two Interactive acquires Irrational Games Take-Two Interactive acquires Irrational Games

A Take-Two press release confirms rumors that were floating about today - Take-Two Interactive has indeed acquired Irrational Games. Irrational Games you may remember, is responsible for creating some of the best PC games in recent memory. Titles such as System Shock 2 and Freedom Force certainly come to mind. Irrational Games will join Take-Two under the 2K Games label.

The first title that will be published under the 2K Games label is none other than BioShock. A Next-gen Console and PC game that is a "sequel" of sorts to the System Shock universe, BioShock is already highly anticipated, and will be released in early 2007.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:25 pm
News Source : Neowin

 Half-Life 2: Aftermath available April 24th Half-Life 2: Aftermath available April 24th

Mod-hq is reporting that the Half-Life 2 expansion "Aftermath" will be released on April 24th. Doug Lombardi of Valve confirmed this report himself. Also released on April 24th will be a "Platinum" package for Half-Life 2, which will include the following: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 DeathMatch, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source and of course Aftermath.

Half-Life 2: Aftermath is an expansion to the multiple game of the year winner Half-Life 2. The game is set ironically right after the end of Half-Life 2, where you have dealt a serious blow to the Combine, and the Citadel itself is exploding around you. Gordon Freeman, and Alyx will both be playable. City 17 itself will of course have changed in the expansion, monsters previously off limits will now appear. Not much else is known about the storyline, but being a Valve game, we can be sure it will be a blast.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:24 pm
News Source : Mod-HQ

 Google Talk activates XMPP server-to-server communications Google Talk activates XMPP server-to-server communications

It appears Google Talk has started federating with other Jabber servers. Gary Burd, a Google software engineer, flipped the switch to connect the Google Talk Service to the public XMPP network this morning. Google Talk users can now chat with users on other XMPP services and vice versa.

One of the most promoted features of Jabber/XMPP (the protocol which Google Talk uses) is its ability to communicate with other federated servers, much like email and its ability to communicate with any other server. You email, your mail server contacts to send the message. You IM, your Jabber server contacts to send the message. In both cases, the domain has to be running the appropriate server. So, you can't add or people, since neither Hotmail nor Yahoo are running Jabber servers.

Basically GTalk can now communicate with users of other Jabber/XMPP servers -- before GTalk was limited to only other GTalk users. This does not mean communication between MSN, Yahoo, or AOL because these services all use difference protocols. A full explination can be found on the website here.

A few days ago Google opened up their staff's XMPP server to the world, and it was anticipated that this was in preparation for the opening of Google Talk.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:23 pm
News Source : Planet Jabber

 Ubuntu 6.04 Ubuntu 6.04 "Dapper Drake" Flight CD3 released

Work on Ubuntu 6.04 continues and The Dapper Drake continues to improve bringing with it new software and many very beneficial improvements. This week brings us Flight 3, the third alpha.

Improvements in this release include an updated installer CD boot splash, X11R7, GNOME 2.13.4, improved and simplified menus, new default desktop panel configuration, some new applications such as XChat-GNOME, a faster Live CD and Live CD persistence (yes you read right, Live CD persistence) and much much more. In addition to software improvements, Launchpad is now officially open for business for all bug tracking.'s X Window System version X11R7 is now in Dapper. X11R7 is a very significant ?Landmark? release bringing, among other things, a completely modular X server. The benefits of this are far-reaching, including the ability to simplify updating and improving X, and being able to apply/get fixes to specific components (a video card driver for example) without having to rebuild (or re-download) all of X.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:22 pm
News Source : Ubuntu Wiki

 Firefox 2 Firefox 2 "Bon Ocho" alpha due in February

Hot on the heels of 1.5, the first alpha version of Mozilla Firefox 2 codenamed "Bon Ocho" will be released on February 10, 2006 while the final public release of Firefox 2.0 is expected in middle of this year.

Bon Ocho, the Firefox 2 code name is taken from a public park - Bon Echo Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada that translates to "good echo". There are plans for enhanced security, blacklisting and anti-phishing measures to be fitted to the new version. However, no details of what they might be have been released yet.

Although the first alpha release of the next version of the popular alternative browser will not be feature complete, it should give users an idea of where the company plans to take Firefox in 2006. The year is expected to be a busy one; work on Firefox 3 is already underway with a release possible late this year or early in 2007.

According to BetaNews, Mozilla plans to release an early alpha version of Firefox 2.0 by February, with builds of Firefox, Camino and Thunderbird for Apple Macs running on Intel processors.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:22 pm
News Source : Neowin

 Companies push Linux partitioning effort Companies push Linux partitioning effort

A push is under way to endow Linux with a virtual partitioning technology used by rival operating systems to make servers more efficient.

SWSoft is trying to get OpenVZ made part of the mainstream Linux kernel--the software at the heart of the operating system--and a part of the major commercial Linux versions, said Kirill Korotaev, a project manager at the Herndon, Va.-based company.

In this, it has a major ally: Red Hat, the top seller of the open-source operating system, which plans to add the software to its free Fedora version of Linux for enthusiasts.

The companies' move to make OpenVZ partitioning standard in Linux is timely, said Pund-IT analyst Charles King.

"I believe virtualization is a current or coming fact of life for every information technology vendor," King said. "Vendors who figure out how to easily integrate virtualization features into their solutions will have a leg-up on competitors."

Over the years, new ways to carve a single server into separate sections have been introduced. Such divisions make it easier to run multiple independent tasks on a machine, keeping it gainfully employed instead of letting it idle through operational lulls. That increase in efficiency means collections of underutilized servers can be replaced with a smaller number of machines, lowering administration and operation costs.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 18, 2006, 2:21 pm
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