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Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

DNS poisoning attacks are on the increase

Domain Name System (DNS) attacks are becoming more widespread since they were first reported last month, according to the Sans Institute's Internet Storm Centre. DNS poisoning attacks affect enterprise servers and cause users to be directed to malicious websites when they try to access legitimate sites. Servers running NT 4.0 or versions of Windows 2000 prior to Service Pack 3 are particularly vulnerable, the centre said.

UK companies slow to adopt grid computing

UK businesses have been slow to invest in grid technology, according to research sponsored by Oracle. Grid computing lets firms build powerful computer platforms by linking together servers whose processing power is then accessible across the business. Oracle's latest Grid Index research, conducted by QuoCirca, found the UK has increased its overall Grid Index performance from 3.1 last September to 4.3 (on a scale of 0 to 10).

Fontal.A Trojan targets Nokia smartphones

Security firm F.Secure has discovered a Trojan virus that crashes users' smartphones and causes them to lose their data. The Fontal.A Trojan is aimed at Nokia Series 60 phones that run on the Symbian operating system. The Trojan is spread through file sharing, with a corrupted font file being installed on the device. F-Secure warned users to only install files from trusted sources.

MI5 criticised for poor project management

Security service MI5 has been criticised for lacking project management expertise following delays to a project to renew its IT infrastructure. A report by the Intelligence and Security Committee last week revealed that the project will generate less capability than planned, and will cost at least 50% more than originally estimated. However it will be operational earlier than projected.

Hotel installs Wi-Fi for royal wedding

The Harte & Garter Hotel in Windsor converted into a giant Wi-Fi broadband press centre to host hundreds of international journalists covering Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles. The hotel was fitted with Wi-Fi access points and fixed broadband links by BT.

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