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Telecom Launches Flat-Rate DSL
10:00am NZDT
It seems that Telecom has quietly slipped a flat-rate DSL offering out the door while nobody was looking.

The New JetStart package offers a 128Kbps service with "No time or usage limit."

Maybe the combination of Telstra/Saturn's broadband offering and IHUG's push to rev up their Ultra service is hurting the giant Telco's Internet operations?

The Worm That Ate Linux 18 January 2001 Edition
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Linux is generally perceived to be a fairly secure operating system. In fact many of its advocates claim with almost religious zeal that it is vastly more secure than anything Microsoft has to offer.

However, a chink in the armor of one Linux implementation has shown that good security is a lot more than just sensible software design.

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Red Hat's Linux is in the news today because of a worm known as "Ramen" which has become a self-propagating annoyance to system administrators across the globe.

While the destructive effects of the worm are limited -- the mere fact that it exists and has been able to infect thousands of servers is yet another wake-up call for everyone who has a computer connected to the Net.

Speaking Of Security...
Sometimes I get the impression that the Internet industry is really maturing and that the day when anyone could grab a PC, a digital camera, a copy of FrontPage and call themselves a web-designer is over.

And then I discover something like this site.

The presentation is not that bad (although nothing to write home about) -- but just try going straight to the button at the bottom of the page and clicking it without filling out any fields.

Just in case they've fixed it -- here's what I got this morning.

The web designers Channel-10.com, who seemingly produced this masterpiece also seem to have a few more problems elsewhere on the Web.

On this site they have included their little logo and self-promotion -- but clicking on it takes you to the westglide.co.nz domain, which in turn performs a redirect immediately to www.rave2.com -- an voice over IP provider.

Holster those shootin irons pardner!

Sorry... (Free) Lunch Is Off
It looks like free Internet access is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as yet another of the country's free ISPs announces a change to its terms.

FreeNet has decided to axe its unlimited free service in favour of generating some revenues.

The ISP says that it will continue to provide free Internet access -- but only for the first 10 hours of use each month. After that you'll have to pay up for a flat-rate account.

It appears that those who were lucky enough to get a ZFree account before they stopped accepting new users are the only ones who can (for the time being) look forward to enjoying a reasonable lunch for free. I have a suspicion however that ZFree won't be too far behind in trimming the quality or quantity of free service on offer.

The Weekly Trickles Out
This week's edition of the Weekly has started trickling out. It will probably take a day or so before they're all sent but they're on their way.

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Security Alerts
Windows Media Player 7 opens system for hackers (IDG - 18/01/2001t)

Net worm hobbles Linux servers ZDNet - 18/01/2001)

Interbase Server Contains Compiled-in Back Door Account (CERT - 10/01/2001)

AIM Flaw Could Open Users' Computers to Attack (InternetNews)

Denial-of-Service Vulnerabilities in TCP/IP Stacks: (CERT)

Sun advises of a potential compromise of 2 specific security certificates (CERT)

Virus Alerts
Kriz virus makes return appearance (ZDNet)

Tool to beat killer Xmas virus promised (IDG)

Virus: Snow White not so innocent ZDNet

Wild Worm With Pro-Linux Message (Wired)

Antivirus firm says Shockwave virus spreading quickly (CNet)

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4  Net worm hobbles Linux servers
An Internet worm cobbled together from generally available hacking tools has compromised hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Linux servers. As of Wednesday morning, the worm was continuing to spread...

4  Do antipiracy measures rob consumers?
Recently unveiled antipiracy measures aimed at eliminating even casual copying of software have some experts questioning whether companies have gone too far in controlling the use of their copyrighted material...

4  Amazon, Microsoft yank ads from Hizbollah Web site
High-tech giants Amazon.com and Microsoft pulled company advertisements off a Web site for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah, saying they were posted improperly and without their consent...

4  E-Marketplaces Start To Take Off
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4  New economy short of funds
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Australian IT

4  Telstra to lift line rental charges
Telstra today lifted monthly line rental charges for residential customers but offset the increases with some lower call costs...

4  Telstra: Primus not our peer
Telstra has lashed out at Primus' demands to strike an Internet interconnection peering agreement within a month, saying it doesn't regard the carrier as a "proper peer"...


4  Sun casts light on new Java 2
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4  Gov.uk meets cyber targets
The government claims it is making headway in the cyber world and now offers more than 40% of its services online...

4  eBay Fee Hike Pleases Analysts
eBay's decision to raise listing fees about 7 percent while implementing a 10-cent fee for the 10-day listing option made analysts smile and sent the company's stock climbing in early trading today...

4  Top Reasons for Abandoned Online Purchases
Apparently online retailers are losing approximately $3.8 billion in revenue due to the fact that four out of five consumers give up before completing an online purchase...

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