Computer security experts issued a joint report on Wednesday saying that the ubiquitous reach of Microsoft Corp.’s software on desktops worldwide has made computer networks a national security risk susceptible to “massive, cascading failures.” Full Story
Here in Northern Virginia we are getting ready for heavy winds and rain tomorrow afternoon and evening. Most offices and schools are shut down, and I sure the video stores are running low on movies. In the event of a power outage, the typepad blog will be fine, but all my other domains and email […]
US terrorism experts are warning that more work needs to be done to avoid further attacks by extremists. The warning comes as the second anniversary of September 11 draws near. The US Department of Homeland Security said it was confident the country was now protected like never before. But Matthew Devost, the head of the […]
When modern life halted for millions in the Northeast last month, people throughout the country asked if a blackout could strike them. Members of Congress have a more frightening question: Could someone cause such havoc on purpose?
Bruce Schneier stoops to a new low in Cryptogram: “And finally, I have a favor to ask. I’d like to see if I can subvert the Amazon bestseller system and get to #1. My previous big book, “Secrets and Lies,” made it to #4. (Harry Potter was #1, #2, #3, and #5.) If everyone who […]
A Department of Homeland Security advisory issued Thursday warns that al Qaeda is working on plans to hijack airliners flying between international points that pass near or over the continental United States. A Department of Homeland Security official said most of the flights fitting this description originate in Canada, and that U.S. officials have been […]
The W32.Blaster worm may have contributed to the cascading effect of the Aug. 14 blackout, government and industry experts revealed last week. On the day of the blackout, Blaster degraded the performance of several communications lines linking key data centers used by utility companies to manage the power grid, the sources confirmed. “It didn’t affect […]