Stories by Christine M. Campbell

Hacking Rises in US Despite Increased Security Spending

Spending more for computer security alone won't protect your network from hackers and cybersaboteurs, according to a recent survey published in Information Security magazine. While the money US companies are spending for security products and services is up 188 per cent over the last two years, so are cyberattacks: eight out of 10 companies have been hit this year in the US, the survey said.

HP Unveils New All-in-One Printers

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France Telecom, Global One Get Some Backbone

France Télécom SA and Global One Communications Inc., its wholly owned Reston, Virginia-based subsidiary, announced plans Tuesday for a 15,000-mile (24,000 kilometers) transmission backbone network that will connect 28 major cities in the U.S. and Canada. The network will be connected to France Télécom's pan-European backbone network, which was opened in October of last year, the companies said.

Online, Retail Integration Needed for Holiday Rush


BOSTON (09/25/2000) - After last year's turbulent online holiday shopping season, retailers are battening down their hatches to weather the expected 2000 storm, according to a new survey by LakeWest Group. Yet the steps retailers are taking may not be enough, the Cleveland-based consulting firm said.

Sun Buys Cobalt for US$2 Billion

Sun Microsystems, in order to add a server appliance offering to their server portfolio, announced Tuesday that it will acquire Cobalt Networks in a stock-for-stock merger valued at $US2 billion.

IDC: Middleware Market Primed for Growth

Expect the middleware market to burgeon in the next five years, International Data Corp. (IDC) said in a report released Wednesday. IDC expects worldwide middleware and business software revenues to leap by 255 per cent, from $US2.7 billion in 1999 to almost $US9.7 billion in 2004.

Study: Global IT Spending to Hit US$2.6 Trillion

Global IT spending is expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, from a projected $US1.4 trillion this year to over $US2 trillion in 2003, according to the latest report from SPS (Strategic Planning Services)/Spectrum Economics Inc., an economic consulting firm in Palo Alto, California. By 2005, worldwide spending for IT products and services will reach $US2.6 trillion.

Global IT spending to hit US$2.6 trillion

Global IT spending is expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, from a projected US$1.4 trillion this year to over $2 trillion in 2003, according to the latest report from SPS (Strategic Planning Services)/Spectrum Economics, a US-based economic consulting firm. By 2005, worldwide spending for IT products and services will reach $2.6 trillion.

IDC: Technology Continues to Spark Home Offices


BOSTON (09/01/2000) - The growing number of households with home offices is boosting the use of sophisticated IT products and advanced telecommunications services at home, according to a report from International Data Corp.

Shareholders Sue Xerox over Mexican Operations

Shareholders filed a class-action lawsuit last week against Xerox, KPMG LLP and individual company officials in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, alleging that Xerox misinformed its shareholders with regards to its México operations, according to U.S. government documents filed Wednesday.

Telefónica, Latinet Team on Central America VPNs

In an effort to serve businesses requiring high-speed telecommunication services in Latin America, Latinet Corp. announced Thursday that it has teamed up with Telefónica Centroamérica to roll out international private lines, VPNs (virtual private networks) and videoconferencing services for businesses in Central America.

Infrared Payment Technology on Tap

BOSTON (08/22/2000) - Carrying a wallet full of credit and debit cards may soon
be unnecessary for those who prefer to carry a handheld computer. The Infrared
Data Association (IrDA) Tuesday announced that it has used an infrared
messaging system to complete a check authorization transaction successfully.

ISP MiracleNet.com Pays You to Use Its Service

Those who are sick of shelling out around $US20 a month
for their ISP (Internet service provider) can apparently make some of that
money back -- and no, it's not a "paid-to-surf" view bar. MiracleMail Inc.'s
MiracleNet.com Tuesday announced the launch of a full-service Internet portal
that allows customers to send e-mail, surf the Web and shop online, and the
customers earn a share of the advertising revenue.

CA Announces Internet Security Software

Computer Associates International (CA) Monday
released eTrust Internet Defense, an integrated software package designed to
protect companies doing business online from attacks and security breaches, a
growing problem for IT departments.

Marketmatix Unveils Market-Scan Tool

Stock market junkies and daytraders everywhere have a reason to perk up. Marketmatix [cq] Inc. on Thursday launched its debut software, Marketmatix Gold 3.0, which scans the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and instantly alerts its users to which stocks are set to climb.