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Ferrari won’t drop the naturally aspirated V12 any time soon

Forget about turbocharging the V12, says CEO Marchionne.

Formula 1 starts this weekend, and we still don’t know who’s...

Ferrari was blisteringly quick in testing, but is its pace real? And what's happened to McLaren?

Geneva motor show: EVs, autonomous tech, and the end of GM...

More car makers than ever are taking EVs and self-driving features into the mainstream.

Formula 1 2017: The rest of the grid shows up

Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, and Haas F1 have now shown us their cars.

Top Gear teases its new season, starting in March

Can bigger roles for Chris Harris and Rory Reid save the ratings? We hope so.

Is the 812 Superfast going to be the last-ever naturally aspirated...

The car marks the end of the line for the screaming V12; its successor will be a hybrid.

Could we be reaching the end of the road for small-capacity...

Engines designed to meet current tests don't perform the same way in the real world.

Consulting the engineers on what makes the Corvette C7.R such a...

This front-engined American racer has notched up over 100 wins since 1999.

Florida man ran $1.35m hack-and-spam racket with 50m-plus addresses

The wages of sin include a Ferrari F430 The leader of a spamming gang that took over corporate servers and private email accounts to send out spam has pled guilty to charges of computer hacking and identity theft. Timothy Livingston, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, worked with two other partners to run A Whole Lot of Nothing, LLC.

The shell company pulled in hundreds of thousands of dollars between January 2012 and June 2015 with spamming campaigns for illicit drugs, and also targeted some legitimate companies. According to court documents [PDF], Livingston had experience running a spamming company called AWLN before setting up this operation. With the new company he charged advertisers between $5 and $9 for every spam email that resulted in a sale. Livingston admitted hiring Tomasz Chmielarz to write spamming software that pumped out the digital junk mail that evaded commercial spam filters.

Chmielarz, 33, of Rutherford, New Jersey, also hacked into corporate servers to subvert them into sending out the spam and to harvest email addresses from staff. At the time of Livingston's arrest, police found at least 50 million email addresses in the group's database. The third partner, Devin James McArthur, worked for Comcast and provided 24.5 million email addresses from the firm's database.

The 28-year-old also worked with the other two men to grab more from other companies.

Chmielarz and McArthur, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pled guilty to the scam in June. As part of the plea deal, Livingston has agreed to return $1,346,442 in illicit funds and property the company purchased using spamming revenues. He has also handed over his car collection, including a 2009 Cadillac Escalade and a 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider. Livingston faces charges that could put him in the Big House for up to 25 years – but is unlikely to receive a maximum sentence after cooperating with the authorities. ®

Ferrari hit with lawsuit for taking over Facebook fan page

With social media mavens, some brands waver between collaboration and conflict.

Driven towards simplicity: Computing meets Ferrari CIO Vittorio Boero

For many, Ferrari represents the pinnacle of motoring. Whether it is the Italian manufacturer’s iconic road cars, or Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in Formula 1 history, the name represents luxury, class and intricate car design. But for Vittorio Boero, CIO of Ferrari’s automotive division and its Formula 1 team, complexity is something he is trying to drive out of the organisation’s IT infrastructure. “We would like to dramatically decrease the number of applications we have and to standardise the solutions as much as possible,” he told Computing, adding that the standardisation programme should be completed within five years. “At the end of implementing our programme, the idea is to have four or five main areas all covered by the same solutions. “The main benefit for ICT will be to simplify our applications in order to simplify management tasks and to reduce running costs.

The idea is also to implement some new business processes in parallel with the ICT solution,” he said. Things have moved quickly since the strategy was established last year, with a new ERP solution having already been implemented.  Fiat-owned Ferrari has traditionally operated a SAP ERP solution, but Boero has replaced it with Infor LN. “We executed a comparison between the different options available and selected Infor LN because the idea was to have a smooth transition to accompany the implementation of our new IT strategy,” he said, adding a seamless migration of all data from the old ERP system to the new was essential. Boero was also attracted to the flexibility of Infor LN, with the ERP solution provider able to rapidly implement features tailored to Ferrari’s specific needs. “We do not need to wait for a new big release... [Enhancements can be] implemented in a very short time,” he said.  Cost was another factor in the switch, Boero added. On the hardware side, Boero’s determination to keep things as simple as possible means Ferrari sources most of its devices from one company: Samsung. “We selected Samsung for our PCs, laptops, desktops and even smartphones” he said.But the South Korean company doesn’t have a complete monopoly, as Ferrari often has to turn to other suppliers in order to meet more high-end technical requirements. “We have some technical stations that are supplied by Dell, for example. We sometimes have to go out to the market to fill a specific niche, especially in the R&D department,” Boero explained. That said, Boero’s instinct is always to explore the market and then standardise on “the best possible solution”. In the case of smartphones, that solution was deemed to be the Android OS running on Samsung hardware.