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Re: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots

  • Subject: Re: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 18:44:57 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape / MCC
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__/ [ [H]omer ] on Friday 06 October 2006 16:53 \__

> Philip wrote:
>> We all knew this, right. " Thousands of government computers may be
>> under the control of cybercriminals". A testomonial in the government's
>> policy to use standard, safe and secure MS software.
>> http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193104896
> Yeah that's nothing. What about the catastrophic accidents waiting to
> happen at nuclear power plants, because they're running Windows software
> susceptible to viruses and terrorist hacking?
What about people's lives?


What's ironic is that this story comes from Washington State. Also see:

Microsoft in the NHS

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is one of the key technology firms in the £6.2 billion NHS
| IT programme. It is working particularly closely with iSOFT ...


CfH refutes computer failure claims

,----[ Quote ]
| "Very often they are not major incidents as such, but could be caused when
| a patient administration system is running slow or there may be problems
| with the local network. The severity level is attributed by the user and
| this is subsequently very often down graded or amended."
| Many of the incidents that have been reported by CfH include failure of
| the systems used by surgeons to see X-ray pictures on a computer screen
| in wards and operating theatres. On some occasions the system is believed
| to have crashed during an operation, forcing surgeons to suspend the
| procedure while a hard copy of the X-ray is found.


The funny thing (if one has a sick sense of humour) is that these expensive
software packages are paid for by the public without exception, through

Best wishes,


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