TechTarget News - Week of Feb 03, 2013

Oracle rushes out another Java update

Oracle has rushed out another security update for Java in the wake of a flawed update released in January

Beebus virus targets aerospace and defence

Security researchers have discovered a new threat that targets companies in the aerospace and defence industries

Reed jobs site chooses SAP Business ByDesign

Reed.co.uk recruitment agency has chosen cloud-based SAP Business ByDesign as part of an overhaul of its business applications strategy

Oracle makes UC buy with Acme Packet

Silicon Valley giant Oracle expands into the IP networking business with the $1.7bn acquisition of Acme Packet

AppSense hunts for mobile partner business

Desktop virtualisation specialist AppSense is moving beyond its traditional core business and targeting new channel opportunities with the launch of its first mobile device management (MDM) solution, MobileNow

Half of SMEs using illegal software

Research from the BSA has revealed that half of UK SMEs are paying for or downloading illegal software and are exposing themselves to real dangers

Veeam enhances partner programme

Veeam has introduced a specialisation to its partner programme for the first time and beefed up the rewards on offer through its deal registration system

Dell confirms private plans

Moves to take Dell private have been officially revealed with Microsoft loaning the PC maker $2bn to support Michael Dell's buy back plan

Accumuli plans investment with Webscreen funds

Having sold its Webscreen software to Juniper Networks the managed security specialist Accumuli intends using that money to invest in its core operations

Opscode files down steep learning curve with Chef 11

Opscode's Chef 11 beckons to enterprises with better scalability and new usability features for systems management automation.

Snooping bill needs more work, say MPs

The government’s proposed Communications Data Bill needs more work, says a report from the cross-party intelligence and security committee

Liberty Global buys Virgin Media for £15bn

Cable company Liberty Global acquires Virgin Media to speed its move into the European telecoms market

HMRC doubles in-house software development team

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is doubling its software development team to 600 to reduce reliance on large outsourcers, says CIO Mark Hall

Liberty Global snaps up Virgin Media

US cable giant Liberty Global has acquired Virgin Media as it looks to increase its market share across Europe

Andy Nelson appointed DWP CIO

Government CIO Andy Nelson has been officially appointed CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

VAT scammers behind bogus software firm sent down

Three men who set up nine bogus firms, including a software engineering company, as part of a VAT scam have been sent down

European government moves to private clouds

Over half of local and central governments across Europe are using or plan to use private clouds hosted by third parties

Anonymous hackers hit US Federal Reserve

US Federal Reserve confirms an intranet breach but denies claims that Anonymous hackers accessed the passwords of over 4,000 executives

Europe tops Microsoft cyber security policy report

A report from Microsoft on factors that differentiate malware infection rates around the world shows Europe leading the fight for cyber security

Shutters come down at 2e2

The failure of administrators to find a buyer for 2e2 has led to large parts of the UK business to be closed and for hundreds of jobs to be lost

Computing teaching to get curriculum overhaul

The Education Secretary has announced changes to the national curriculum with a computing GCSE to replace the former ICT option

Cloud NAS bails out design firm after hurricane

New York design firm DS+R found its cloud NAS setup wasn't ready for primetime as primary storage, but it came in handy when disaster struck.

Symantec and Microsoft team up to take down botnet

Symantec and Microsoft have joined forces to take down the servers that have been running the Bamital botnet which has been netting criminals thousands through click fraud

O2 snaps up 2e2 managed services business

O2 has acquired the managed services operation that was run by collapsed reseller 2e2 and will transfer 107 staff across as part of the deal

SAP price rise fails to win User Group disapproval

SAP raises standard support prices for new contracts from 18% to 19% on July 15. SAP UK & Ireland User Group signals reluctant acceptance

Alcatel-Lucent boss falls on sword

Alcatel-Lucent boss Ben Verwaayen has announced that he will not be staying on at the firm after May as the telco reported losses for its fourth quarter

Research: Indirect sales of IT products flat in 2012

NPD Group data shows indirect sales of IT products through distributors grew less than 1% in 2012 and reseller sales dropped by about the same amount.

EC data breach proposals get mixed response

The response to proposals by the European Commission to extend the vertical markets that will have to report data breaches has been met with a mixed response

Six Degrees gets keys to new London pad

Acquisitive managed data services provider Six Degrees Group has cut the ribbon on new headquarters in the City of London near Monument tube

Ranger to lead Westcon EMEA services

Networking, datacentre and security distie Westcon has hired former Intermec Technologies man Chris Ranger as its new vice president of EMEA services

TLS security: Background on the 'Lucky Thirteen' attack

Professor Kenneth Paterson and graduate student Nadhem AlFardan have discovered a TLS attack that tracks the timing of error messages to reveal plaintext.

Microsoft Office 365 cloud data privacy rules explained

Microsoft complies with a number of standards to reassure Office 365 customers that it doesn’t look at their data; though they certainly could.

Dell pens letter to customers pledging success

Michael Dell has written an open letter to customers to provide an upbeat assessment of the prospects of success of his bid to take the company back into private hands