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Sweden is most ICT-wired country

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Sweden and Singapore are the most competitive countries in the digital economy, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Nordic and Asian economies are best at using information and communications technologies (ICT) to boost their growth, the WEF said.

Finland is in third place, Switzerland fourth and the United States fifth.

The WEF said ICT was “a key enabler of a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable world”.

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It said the use of information communications technology was especially important “in the aftermath of one of the most serious economic crises in decades”.

The WEF report focuses on the power of ICT to transform society in the next decade through modernisation and innovation.

Other highly-placed Nordic countries include Denmark in seventh spot and Norway in ninth place, with Iceland ranked in 16th position.

Meanwhile, led by Singapore in second place, the other Asian Tiger economies highly placed are Taiwan and South Korea in sixth and tenth position respectively, and Hong Kong following closely in 12th.

Canada completes the top 10 in eighth position.

The report, which covers 138 economies, looks at three areas.

They are the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of the three key stakeholder sectors – individuals, businesses and governments – to use and benefit from ICT; and the actual usage of available ICT.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13053999

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MySQL.com compromised via blind SQL injection (!)

April 13, 2011 1 comment

MySQL.com (the official site for the MySQL database) was compromised via (shocking!) blind SQL injection. A post sent today to the full disclosure list explaining the issue and dumping part of their internal database structure.

Vulnerable Target : http://mysql.com/customers/view/index.html?id=1170
Host IP : 213.136.52.29
Web Server : Apache/2.2.15 (Fedora)
Powered-by : PHP/5.2.13
Injection Type : MySQL Blind
Current DB : web
It seems their customer view application was used as the entry point. This is where the attackers were able to list the internal databases, tables and password dump. If you have an account on MySQL.com, we recommend changing your passwords ASAP (especially if you like to reuse them across multiple sites).

What is worse is that they also posted the password dump online and some people started to crack it already. Some of the findings are pretty bad, like the password used by MySQL’s Director of Product Management, it is only 4 numbers long. Multiple admin passwords for blogs.mysql.com were also posted.

The folks at MySQL have yet to say anything about this attack, but we will post more details as we learn more about it.

 

http://blog.sucuri.net/2011/03/mysql-com-compromised.html

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Commodore 64 lives again!

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The C64, a legend of the 8bit era, is set to return – with brand new insides!

It was one of the most successful home computers of the eighties and now it’s making an unlikely comeback. A new version of the Commodore 64 is set to be released this summer, featuring entirely modern innards including a 1.8ghz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, 2 GB of DDR3 memory and your choice of a DVD or Blu-ray drive.

Best of all, the revived machine will feature exactly the same design as its 8bit predecessor, right down to the beige body and chunky keyboard (you can see more images on the Commodore USA Facebook page). The old cartridge port and joystick interfaces will be gone, though, replaced with HDMI and USB connections. Users will also be able to install Windows 7, although the machine will ship with Linux and will eventually get its own Commodore OS 1.0, complete with an emulator to play classic C64 titles. The new device is apparently on sale now, and orders are being taken at the price of $595 (£364), although at the moment, the company’s website seems to be struggling to cope with the amount of interest a PC in a brown plastic box is generating.

Although the original Commodore Business Machines declared bankruptcy in 1994, the brand has passed through a number of hands in the subsequent years. It is now jointly shared by the creator of the new C64, Commodore USA, as well as Commodore Holdings and Commodore Gaming, which builds high-spec PCs.

But the big question is, which classic C64 titles should be updated along with the machine?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2011/apr/07/commodore-64-returns

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