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Security Problems Vex (SPV)

Jinx. That's the word that sprang to our tiny minds when we heard there may be a leedle security problem with the do-it-all-while-you're-on-the-move-so-you-never-have-to-go-back-to-the-office SPV – known affectionately by Unstrung's granny as the Soft Porn Vehicle (see Orange Uncovers Its SPV).

The SPV – OK, it really stands for Sound Pictures Video – has been beset with problems since it was unveiled back in October 2002 by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Orange SA (London/Paris: OGE) as the first device running the Windows-based Smartphone 2002 operating system (see SPVs Go AWOL and Sendo Sues Microsoft).

The latest snag has come to light after some sad hacking types spent weeks trying to find a way to crack open the latest Windows-based products (as bitter geeky types are wont to do).

However, it seems the security of the device is only compromised if the user goes to the bother of disabling the security functions built into the device – hardly the first move of the average subscriber. Orange and Microsoft say they are working on fixing the glitch.

And it seems that Orange has been struggling to get enough devices into the shops, too. We're still waiting from a number of London sales outlets to be informed that one single solitary SPV is finally available.

— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
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