AMD accuses ex-employees of stealing secret documents

January 17, 2013 by  
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AMD has filed lawsuit against four ex-employees, including former VP of business development Bob Feldstein, accusing them of stealing over 100,000 secret documents from the company. All of the four ex-employees now work at NVIDIA.

According to ZDnet, the lawsuit, filed on Monday, alleges that Feldstein plotted with ex-AMD managers Manoo Desai, Nicolas Kociuk and Richard Hagen to steal the electronic documents. AMD claims that the documents contain “obviously confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret materials relating to developing technology and/or highly confidential business strategy,” and if revealed to a competitor, such as NVIDIA, it would offer them “an unfair advantage.”

Before leaving AMD, Feldstein secured deals with Microsoft and Nintendo to use the company’s Radeon graphics chip in the current-gen consoles Xbox 360 and Wii, and even Nintendo’s new home console, Wii U. If the allegations are true, Feldstein may have stolen sensitive information about the next Xbox and PlayStation hardware, both of which are rumored to sport AMD graphics chip.

AMD is now seeking a temporary restraining order against the four, and has requested a court order to preserve any copies of the stolen documents.

Microsoft Security Essentials fails security testing

January 17, 2013 by  
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Microsoft Security Essentials, the free security and antivirus program for Windows, has failed to be certified as an effective program for the second time in a row.

In independent tests conducted by AV-Test.org, the company tested various leading antivirus and security programs to measure just how effective they were against viruses and trojan attacks. MSE and two other antivirus programs failed the tests, with MSE failing for the second time in a row. The tests grade programs out of 18 points, with the passing score being 11; MSE scored 10. In the ‘Protection’ category, MSE scored 1.5 out of 6, for Repair it scored 3 out of 6, and for Usability it scored 5.5 out of 6.

Other Antivirus suites that failed the tests were AhnLab which scored 8.5, and PC Tools Internet Security also scored a 10.

(Source: AV-TEST)

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