Levi’s Sites Caught With Pants Down

By Julian Matthews

Crackers defaced multiple Web sites belonging to apparel-maker Levi Strauss & Co. on Friday including flagships levi.com and dockers.com.

Jeff Beckman, a spokesperson for the company, said the server was immediately shut down shortly after the intrusion happened at about 12:30 p.m. EDT.

“The global ’splash’ pages of levi.com and dockers.com were affected. Anyone trying to get into our regional sites via our global ’splash’ pages was unable to during the two to three hours downtime,” he said.

Beckman confirmed that corporate site Levistrauss.com was also affected on the same day.

The hack was claimed by “Perfect.br”, an active Internet vandal of various sites around the world, and had been reported to security mirror sites safemode.org and alldas.de.

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Online Tiger Sale Offer Condemned

Published on Newsbytes, By Julian Matthews

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 2000 OCT 25 (NB) — A Thai zoo owner’s proposal to sell tigers over the Internet in an attempt to save the big cats from extinction has been condemned as “ludicrous” by Traffic, an international wildlife trade watchdog.

“We are appalled at the mere suggestion of tigers or tiger parts being traded online,” said Traffic International Communications Manager Sabri Zain. “The suggestion that selling tigers over the Net will save them from extinction is ludicrous. The reverse may indeed be more likely. There is the very real possibility that it may even fuel a renewed demand that will drive tigers over the brink of extinction,” he said via e-mail.

Traffic is the joint wildlife trade monitoring program of conservation organization World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and IUCN, the World Conservation Union.

Chuvit Pitakpornpallop, a prospective lawmaker who owns a zoo with about 30 tigers in Thailand’s northeast, made the suggestion in the Bangkok Post on Sunday.

Chuvit, who is standing in upcoming elections under the Thai Rak Thai Party banner, said that if Thailand amended its laws to allow commercial production and sale of tigers online, about 20,000 could be raised domestically over the next decade and wipe out black market demand.

Sabri countered that there appears to be no sound scientific basis for those figures. “Tigers are not cattle. The idea that a single country can ‘raise’ a population of tigers in captivity that is almost four times the total number of tigers in the wild today is far-fetched, to say the least. Previous experience with tiger farms has shown that breeding tigers can be fraught with problems,” he said.
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Will The Real Nissandotcom Please Stand Up

By Julian Matthews, Malaysian correspondent, Newsbytes
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA,
03 Aug 2000, 7:59 PM CST

Using one’s own name for a dotcom may sound logical, but what if you just happen to share the name with a major corporation or celebrity? Well, be prepared to shell out the legal tab to protect it. Ask Mr Uzi Nissan, he should know.

An Israeli-American born in Jerusalem, Nissan registered the domain name nissan.com in May 1994. The site was to expand his Raleigh, North Carolina-based computer business called the Nissan Computer Corporation (NCC) started in 1991.

Nissan first got wind that the Japanese auto-maker Nissan Motor Co Ltd was upset with him when their senior legal counsel sent him a letter expressing “concerns” in July 1995. “I chose not to respond because I believed it was clear we were a computer company and that there was no conflict,” he explains on his Web site ncchelp.org.

That same month in 1995, however, just to be safe, Nissan registered a trademark for Nissan Computer and a logo in the State of North Carolina. In March 1996, Nissan also registered the domain name nissan.net to expand into Internet dial-up services as well.

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Malaysian ISP Admits “Human Error” In Security Fiasco

By Julian Matthews, Newsbytes

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Government-funded research corporation and Internet service operator Mimos Berhad admits that a staff member carelessly placed a large number of confidential company files on a publicly accessible Internet server.

Mimos Chief Operating Officer Dr Mohamed Awang-Lah said in an e-mail response to Newsbytes on Sunday that the incident was the result of “human error” and “carelessness.”

“One of our staff created a directory on a server and accidentally made it publicly accessible. The staff member uploaded the files for back-up purposes without taking adequate measures to protect them,” he said.

Dr Mohamed said “appropriate action” will be taken against the errant staff member but declined to say whether this would result in her dismissal. Read more

Malaysian Wafer Fabs Get US Ex-Im Bank Loan Boost

By Julian Matthews

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved loans worth $760 million to support two fledgling Malaysian wafer fabrication projects.

A spokesperson for the bank said its board of directors approved on Wednesday a $673.8 million long-term direct loan to wafer fabrication plant Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

This is the second loan extended to a Malaysian wafer fab start-up in three weeks. On May 4, the board had approved a $86.5 million guaranteed syndicated loan to 1st Silicon (M) Sdn Bhd, another wafer fab being constructed in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak.

The loans lend credibility to Malaysia’s long-held ambitions to get into wafer fabrication services or the “front-end” of the semiconductor industry.
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Malaysia’s e-BX Pushes Internet Billing Concept

By Julian Matthews, Newsbytes.
PENANG, MALAYSIA,
25 Nov 1999, 12:34 AM CST

“The check is in the Net.” That could be the response companies can expect from tardy customers soon.

Offering an Internet billing solution endorsed by IBM Corp. [NYSE:IBM], e-Business Exchange Pte Ltd (eBX), plans to entirely eliminate paper from billing and payment cycles.

No more hassles with bad checks, misplaced invoices and postal delays. Even reminder notices - and the standard phrase, “please ignore this notice if you have already made payment” may be a thing of the past.
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Malaysia’s Astro, TVB Hong Kong to build Chinese Net portal

By Julian Matthews

KUALA LUMPUR–Measat Broadcast Network Systems (MBNS), the operator of Malaysia’s only satellite pay-TV service Astro, and Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Ltd (TVB), have set up a joint venture to launch a Chinese-language Internet portal service.

MBNS said it will invest US$30 million for a 30 percent stake in the new company TVB.COM Ltd, which will be incorporated in Hong Kong. Further investment from TVB and external funding is expected to be announced later.

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Rent-An-App Player Biztone.Com Clinches $5.5m Venture Cap

By Julian Matthews

Rent-an-app pioneer BizTone.com Inc has closed a $5.5 million investment round led by the Asia Java Fund, global investment firm ING-Barings and several angel investors.

The venture capital injection was a resounding endorsement for the Java-based developer which has its origins in Malaysia and is pushing the concept of delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software as a service over the Internet.

“The advantage of BizTone is that it’s just like electricity or water, available to your business all the time and you simply pay for what you use on a transaction basis, while someone else makes sure you get the service around the clock,” said Darryl Carlton, BizTone’s chief executive officer.

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NEC, Packard Bell NEC To Unify Asia Pacific Operations

By Julian Matthews

NEC Computers International BV, a newly named company to push the NEC and Packard Bell brands globally outside of Japan and China, will merge all its Asia Pacific operations by the year 2000.

“The PC and server business will gradually be integrated into one organization starting from this year. This current development has begun in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand offices, to be followed by operations in Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong,” said Wim Giezenaar, vice president and managing director of Packard Bell NEC, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Giezenaar said, however, that NEC subsidiaries will continue its direct systems integration business in the region, which includes PCs and servers.
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Malaysia Raises Ante On Venture Cap For IT Companies

By Julian Matthews

Malaysia is earmarking 200 million ringgit (US$52.6 million) to set up a venture capital fund for high-tech projects and proposes a tax-holiday for venture capital companies (VCCs), First Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin announced today in parliament as part of his federal budget speech.

“Financing of venture capital must be enhanced to encourage the development of new high technology industries as the engine of economic growth,” said Zainuddin.

He added the government is also proposing central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, and two commercial banks set up another fund worth 300 million ringgit ($78.9 million) to finance VCCs.

However, he said at least 70 percent of the funds given must go for seed capital, start-up capital and first stage financing of promoted activities such as advanced electronics, biotechnology, precision engineering, advance manufacturing and information technology.

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