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Britain investigates cyber-attacks

British authorities have launched an investigation into the recent cyberattacks that crippled Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea, as the trail to find the perpetrators stretches around the world. On Tuesday, a Vietnamese security vendor said it had identified a master command-and-control server used to coordinate the denial-of-service attacks, which took down major U.S. and South Korean government Web sites. But the master server isn’t in the U.K.; it’s in Miami, according to Tim Wray, one of the owners of Digital Global Broadcast, who spoke to IDG News Service on Tuesday evening, London time. The server belongs to Digital Latin America (DLA), which is one of Digital Global Broadcast’s partners. DLA encodes Latin American programming for distribution over IP TV-compatible devices, such as set-top boxes.  New programs are taken from satellite and encoded into the proper format, then sent over VPN (Virtual Private Network) to the U.K., where Digital Global Broadcast distributes the content, Wray said. The VPN connection made it appear the master server belonged to Digital Global Broadcast when it actually is in DLA’s Miami data center.

Intel’s bottom line hurt by fine

Intel on Tuesday reported that its net income for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 dropped US$2 billion year-over-year because of the hefty fine imposed on the chip maker by the European Commission. The EC fined Intel

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