of the House cyber security team told lawmakers (again) on Monday
that government web sites have weak security. An additional $250
million was requested to fund cyber security pilot programs at
five agencies. A request was also made to exempt cooperating companies
from the Freedom of Information Act when sharing proprietary information
with the government following a cyber attack. (Freedom from FOIA
patch to help Microsoft Outlook users avoid activating worms and
viruses such as the Love Bug will be available from the software
maker in about a week. Go read the entire article here.
Whether or not this "fix" will work is highly debateable.
I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar that someone is bound to find
a way around it, and we'll be back at square one again.
Jacobs, 23, of Mobile, Alabama was arraigned by U.S. Magistrate
Bert W. Milling Jr. last Wednesday. He has been charged with knowingly
transmitting "code and commands to the computer of an Internet
Service Provider (ISP)" which resulted in more than $5,000 in
damage. He faces a potential sentence of up to five years in federal
prison and $250,000 in fines.
publisher of Stephen King's 66-page novella that was released
for sale on-line, announced prior knowledge of security vulnerabilities
in the applications used to read the book. Use of these insecure
applications enabled piracy of the book.