DNS vulnerability could open door to fraud
A large number of DNS servers, core to the internet's fabric, are vulnerable to attacks that could lead to widespread fraud, according to networking security company DoxPara Research. Researchers found that hundreds of thousands of DNS servers needed to be protected against DNS cache poisoning: a type of attack that routes internet traffic to malicious websites.
Laser system could help authenticate passports
Nanotechnology researchers at Imperial College London have developed a laser authentication system that could help to ensure the authenticity of passports, ID cards and other documents such as birth certificates. It can read the unique "fingerprint" inherent in certain manufactured items by mapping microscopic variations across the surface of a range of materials, including paper, plastic, metal and ceramics. Ingenia Technology will market the Laser Surface Authentication system.
IBM acquires DWL customer data software
IBM is to acquire DWL, which produces middleware that provides a single, integrated view of customer information from different areas of a business. Banks, insurance companies, retailers and manufacturers could get better insights into their customers from using the software, said IBM. The acquisition will expand IBM's information management software portfolio.
Novell to release source code for SuSE Linux
Novell is making the source code of its SuSE Linux operating system available to developers through a project called OpenSuSE. The project is part of plans to make the operating system more widely available and to broaden the base of Linux users.
BEA introduces next version of Weblogic
BEA has introduced the next version of its Weblogic application server. The 9.0 release supports the J2EE 1.4 specification and allows users to run two versions of the software in parallel.This removes the need to delete the old version in order to upgrade. This is important if users need to roll back an upgrade. BEA is also providing a diagnostic framework for managing applications servers.