The Battery DDOS: Tip of An Iceberg

An interesting story brewing about the FBI investigating a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on websites selling batteries. But the reporting does not go far enough: In fact, a little research reveals this is part of a much bigger assault on a range of industries. As a starting point, look at Elinor Mills of …

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Media: Reducing Story Production Waste

In trying to change news to match the new realities of the Interwebs, media professionals are still somewhat stuck in old ways of doing things. One is to fail to address the massive waste in news production–or at least parts of it. So what potential waste is there? Well, these are the obvious ones: Gathering: …

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Cabin Fever

Flight International reports (sorry, can’t find a link, but here are some similar stories from Thisislondon and New Electronics) that “BAE Systems and its research partners have completed initial tests with an in-cabin computer vision system intended to identify suspect behaviour by potential terrorists.” Seems the system involves cameras in the cabin with software that …

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The Long Tail of the LongPen

Writer Margaret Atwood launched her LongPen invention over the weekend, allowing authors to sign books over the Internet. As CTV.ca, Canada’s CTV news reports, a technical glitch marred the LongPen’s first test: Atwood and fans had to wait while the invention got some final adjustments. When it came back to life, she used the LongPen …

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The Big Credit Card Theft

Trying to make sense of the massive theft of credit card numbers at CardSystems, ‘a leading provider of end-to-end payment processing solutions focused exclusively on meeting the needs of small to mid-sized merchants’, in which information on more than 40 million credit cards may have been stolen. CardSystems itself has issued only a brief statement …

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How Bad Was Sasser?

Just how bad was Sasser? Here’s a list, courtesy of F-Secure, of places and companies affected by the worm: County hospital in Lund, Sweden (5000 computers and X-ray equipment offline) European Commission in Brussels (1200 machines offline) Coastguard in UK (19 regional offices offline) British Airways in UK (flights delayed) Westpac Bank in Australia (offices …

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Column: Under the Wire

UNDER THE WIRE From 26 June 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. You’re Fired SMS, or text messaging, is great for staying in touch but isn’t so hot for conveying bad news. A recent spate of dismissals via SMS — staff of British insurer Accident Group, …

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Loose Wire: Here’s Where The

Loose Wire: Here’s Where The Party Is By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 7 February 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. The Internet is like a teenage party: lots of groping around in the dark hoping to bump into something worth telling your friends about later. And …

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