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Short takes on this week's news

Data breaches behind only 6% of ID fraud

Despite the hype, data breaches were responsible for only 6% of all known cases of ID fraud over the past year, according to a US study by analyst Javelin Strategy and Research. The report said publicity surrounding recent high-profile data breaches had created the wrong assumption among consumers that security breaches were the leading cause of ID fraud.

Toshiba joins the Sony laptop battery recall

Toshiba has been forced to recall 340,000 laptop batteries made by Sony. The move follows Sony battery recalls from Apple and Dell. Toshiba said the batteries being recalled were not a potential fire hazard, but they could fail because of problems with storing and transmitting power. The affected batteries are used in the Dynabook range of computers.

Software patents back on the agenda for Europe

The possibility of introducing software patents in Europe is re-emerging, according to several political groups in the European Parliament. If the Software Patent Directive is revived, patents could add considerably to the legal costs of large enterprises that develop software, and make it harder for smaller software suppliers and open source projects to operate.

Microsoft to issue patch for Explorer vulnerability

Microsoft has confirmed a new security vulnerability in Internet Explorer and plans to issue a patch on 10 October - its next scheduled patching date - if not before. The exploit code for the vulnerability has already been circulated and is initially targeting users who visit pornographic websites. It aims to compromise their systems with spam, adware and spyware, leaving them open to remote attackers.

Content management add-ons for Oracle 10g

Oracle has released content management add-ons for Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition. Oracle Content Database and Oracle Records Database are designed to facilitate low-cost management of Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, image files and other unstructured content, which makes up 80% of organisational information, said Oracle.

London Olympics seeks IT integration partner

The organising committee for the 2012 London Olympics is searching for a technology partner to help it integrate all internal and external back-office systems used to run the games. The multimillion-pound contract will cover costs and revenues, facility requirements, data for ticket allocation, and workforce scheduling.

Northern Ireland Water to get £1.2m call platform

Northern Ireland Water Service has awarded Redstone Converged Solutions a £1.2m contract to supply it with a contact centre platform to manage 760,000 customers. As part of the deal, Redstone is rolling out Avaya's Communication Manager call processing software.

Motorola to buy Symbol Technologies for £2.1bn

Motorola is to acquire point of sale and wireless technology supplier Symbol Technologies for £2.1bn. Symbol's systems are among the most widely used in retail, and the company has become popular for radio frequency identification. The company is also known for its rugged wireless mobile devices.

Software vulnerabilities reach record high

The number of software security vulnerabilities has reached a record high, according to Symantec. Over the past six months, 2,249 vulnerabilities were discovered - up 18% compared to the second half of 2005. Nearly 70% of bugs were in web applications. The rise will put pressure on firms to improve their patching processes, said Symantec. Read about proactive patching


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