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***************************************************** Edupage is a service of EDUCAUSE ***************************************************** TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2006 Hackers Access UCLA Records for 800,000 Costs Spike for Software at U. of Minnesota South African Supercomputer Goes Online Apple Disputes Reported Drop in iTunes Sales HACKERS ACCESS UCLA RECORDS FOR 800,000 UCLA has sent letters notifying 800,000 faculty, staff, students, and applicants that a database containing their personal information was accessed by a hacker for more than a year. Officials at the university said the database was breached in October 2005 but that the problem was not discovered until late November of this year when university staff observed that a hacker was searching the database for names and Social Security numbers. Jim Davis, CIO at UCLA, said that perhaps 5 percent of the records were accessed and that so far there have been no reports of the information being misused. He also noted that the compromised database was a central component of the university's computer systems and was protected by stringent security. The attackers used highly sophisticated methods, Davis said, both to access the system and to cover their tracks to prevent detection. San Jose Mercury News, 12 December 2006 http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16220549.htm What to do If you suspect you're a victim of identity theft: Put a Fraud Elert on your credit card and a lot more quickly. http://tinyurl.com/yamw9e Contact the FBI http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/fbi.html COSTS SPIKE FOR SOFTWARE AT U. OF MINNESOTA Officials from the University of Minnesota recently informed regents that costs to upgrade the institution's financial software have risen from an earlier estimate of $28.6 million to $45.7 million, an increase due in large part to additional functionality that the university requested. Grants and contracts, which make up one-quarter of the university's operating budget, will be included in the new system. In the late 1990s, an implementation of human resources and student records systems at the university ran over budget due to bugs in the system and delays in getting it running. Michael Volna, university controller, said that compared to the current, obsolete system, the new financial system will provide considerable benefits because the various computer systems across the campus will be able to communicate in a way that they cannot today and because the new system will be supported by a single vendor. Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7 December 2006 http://www.startribune.com/1592/story/861863.html Education is a business http://tinyurl.com/ub6w9 and your school district technology decisions are made by theCIO the Chief Information Officer. Why doesn't your school use free software tools?
That is a business decision. Business Relationships are not based on what makes good sense for education but on money. Ask your school board why they don't have free software. Ask your school CIO why they aren't using free software. Your school CIO decides where to spend money. SOUTH AFRICAN SUPERCOMPUTER GOES ONLINE Researchers in South Africa now have access to a new supercomputer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) offices in Pretoria. Though the computer's peak output of one teraflop pales in comparison to systems in other parts of the world, it nonetheless provides a new level of computational power to scientists studying several medical conditions that are epidemic in South Africa, including AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The system, which was donated to the CSIR by Intel, is free of charge for researchers, who will use it to process vast amounts of data related to the structure of diseases, how they are transmitted, and the effectiveness of vaccines. Winston Hide, director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, explained the benefits of the new system by saying, "It's like using the brightest possible search light in a cave as opposed to a torch." CNET, 12 December 2006 http://news.com.com/2100-11390_3-6143082.html APPLE DISPUTES REPORTED DROP IN ITUNES SALES Apple Computer has dismissed a report from Forrester Research that said sales of iTunes music fell 65 percent in the first half of 2006. Forrester arrived at that estimate by analyzing the buying habits of its consumer panel of nearly 2,800 people. Although data from other market research firms also suggests that sales of online music are flat or falling, Apple said Forrester's estimate of iTunes sales was "simply incorrect." Although Apple would not give specific numbers, it did say that the iTunes Music Store saw a profit in the third quarter of 2006. Meanwhile, sales of Apple's portable music players, the iPods, remains brisk. Apple said that in the third quarter, it sold 8.5 million of the devices, up 35 percent from the year before. BBC, 13 December 2006 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6175321.stm Don't play by the rules. If you're looking for licenses from the RIAA, please give up IMMEDIATELY! - Contracts and Music Deals http://tinyurl.com/zapqw Edupage copyright (c) 2006, EDUCAUSE <>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List
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