News in brief

Short takes on the week's news

Key-logging software threatens thousands

Thousands of computers are still being infected by malicious key-logging software, after the rogue code was discovered earlier this month. The Srv.SSA-KeyLogger was discovered by SunBelt Software, which informed the FBI. The key-logging software steals users' log-ins and passwords for financial websites. Users can protect themselves against it by downloading free software from SunBelt, which detects and removes the rogue code from infected machines.

Voice and data network to support EWS rail staff

Rail operator EWS is to install a converged voice and data network, connecting 130 sites, as part of the operator's expansion of its rail freight service. The multi-million pound contract will see BT deploy the voice and data network, based on technology from Cisco Systems. The network will support EWS's 5,200 staff, and support business applications such as video telephony, voice recording and unified messaging.

Just 10% of retailers storing RFID data

Only 10% of Europe's largest retailers have the technology to store the data produced by radio frequency identification tags. A survey of European retailers with revenues exceeding £500m, commissioned by data warehousing supplier NCR Teradata, found 36% will have deployed RFID tags within the next two years.

Microsoft launches role-based IM software

Microsoft has released a set of software components for its Office Live Communications Server 2005, for linking real-time collaboration with business applications. The components enable role-based instant messaging and allow members of a team to see who is logged in.

Sun acquisition aims to increase integration

Sun Microsystems has completed its acquisition of SeeBeyond Technology in a £213m deal. The acquisition is an attempt by Sun to offer application integration that builds on its Java Enterprise Server technology. The company said it would continue to provide support for users of SeeBeyond. Sun president Jonathan Schwartz said, "SeeBeyond delivers a solution with next-generation technology and services to integrate legacy applications into new composite applications."

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