Blackberry users susceptible to hacking attack from new BBProxy tool -- and more tech news briefs

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Blackberry users warned of hacking tool threat  

Users have been warned that the security of Blackberry wireless e-mail devices is at risk due to the availability this week of a new hacking tool. Secure Computing Corporation said businesses that have installed Blackberry servers behind their gateway security devices could be vulnerable to a hacking attack from a tool call BBProxy. The software can be sent as an e-mail attachment to a Blackberry device.

Brocade acquires McData as part of San strategy

Storage area network provider Brocade has acquired rival supplier McData as part of its strategy to develop a wider range of simple-to-manage storage area network infrastructure products. Brocade chief executive Michael Klayko said, “The acquisition of McData will build on Brocade’s vision for the next-generation datacentre.”

Ofcom survey reveals falling broadband costs

Broadband costs are continuing to fall, the latest data from Ofcom has shown. The industry regulator’s annual Communications Market Report found that the average cost of a broadband connection faster than 1mbps fell by 60% (from £41 to £16 per month) in the past year. Ofcom chief operating officer Ed Richards said, “A new generation of consumers is emerging for whom online is the lead medium and convergence is instinctive.”

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