In brief

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

ID cards criticised for being technically unsafe

The government's proposals for a national identity system are "neither safe nor appropriate", according to a report from the London School of Economics, released this week. The Identity Project report said the proposals are "too complex, technically unsafe, overly prescriptive and lack a foundation of public trust and confidence". The report urged the consideration of alternative models for an ID card scheme, such as giving people control over the disclosure of personal information and stronger border patrols to help prevent terrorism.

Symantec releases patches for DNS attacks

Symantec has issued updated patches to fix vulnerabilities in its security appliances which were discovered at the beginning of March. Companies relying on older versions of Symantec security appliances are being targeted with Domain Name System poisoning attacks, which cause users to be directed to malicious websites when trying to access legitimate sites.

Computer Associates conference back on

The annual Computer Associates World user conference is back on after CA initially said it would be cancelled this year. The firm has overhauled its board following last year's accounting irregularities. CA World will now take place on 13-17 November in Las Vegas. It is believed CA gave in to user criticism about cancelling this year's show.

Royal London completes buy-out of ISG Webb

Royal London Private Equity has completed a £17m management buy-out of IT services group ISG Webb. ISG Webb provides a range of IT services to blue-chip firms, including the maintenance of the largest wireless network in the UK with 7,000 access points. ISG Webb has partnerships with IBM, Siemens and BT Syntegra.

Linspire 5.0 eases Linux desktop operation

Linspire has released the latest version of its Linux desktop operating system, which is designed to make Linux easier to operate. The 5.0 release offers an improved graphical interface and laptop and hardware support, including Wi-Fi compatibility and web optimisation. It also bundles, a web browser, e-mail and instant messaging clients, multimedia viewers, photo and music managers and calendaring tools.

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