Project 'Scope' delayed by three years -- and more news briefs.

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Intelligence data project running three years late

A government programme to allow intelligence agencies to exchange information through secure web links is running three years behind schedule, a report by the Intelligence and Security Committee has revealed. Completion of the project, called Scope, has shifted from 2004 to 2007. It will link the Home Office, the Department of Trade and Industry, HM Customs and Excise and the National Criminal Intelligence Service to the UK Intelligence Messaging Network.

Abbey puts 100,000 pages of manuals online

High street bank Abbey has put 100,000 pages of technical manuals online in three months using enterprise content management software from Open Text to put the information online. Abbey's 25,000 staff can now access manuals stored in a database on its intranet, which include policies for the day-to-day running of the company and ensuring regulatory compliance.

MPs raise doubts over child protection index

Government plans for councils to create child index databases are not likely to offer them better protection to children at risk, according to a group of MPs. In a report published on 5 April, the Commons Education and Skills Committee said, "The evidence we have received has left us with doubts about whether investment in child indexes can currently be justified in terms of the contribution it is likely to make to improving outcomes for children."

Dating site worm suspect arrested

Scotland Yard's Computer Crime Unit has arrested a Sheffield man following an attack on a dating agency website. Investigations uncovered evidence that the suspect had been involved in writing the W32/Mirsa. A & B mass-mailing worms. The man is alleged to have hacked into the dating site and taken controls of members profiles by using brute force password attacks.

CA to buy Concord Communications

Computer Associates is to buy network management supplier Concord Communications for about £190m. Concord's eHealth technology provides proactive network performance management and predictive capacity planning, and is used by telecoms companies, service providers and businesses.

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