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[News] [Rival] White House Loses E-mails, Network to Crackers Because of Microsoft Software

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] White House Loses E-mails, Network to Crackers Because of Microsoft Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 02:20:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Chinese hack into White House network

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| Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple 
| occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US 
| official told the Financial Times.  


Another Day, Another Big Data Breach

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| These days, it's probably best to just assume that any private data you've 
| ever provided to a company is public. Given the pace at which the data you've 
| entrusted to companies is leaked, whether via malicious hackers or via 
| company carelessness, it's almost as if the exception to the rule is a 
| company that's actually been able to keep your data safe. So it's hardly 
| surprising that Express Scripts, the massive medical benefits management 
| company, has said that its records appear to have been compromised. 
| Apparently, the company was sent a note, detailing the medical records of 
| about 75 people, with an extortion threat telling the company to pay up or 
| face the exposure of millions of patient records.         


"We should whack them (Dell over Linux dealings), we should make sure they
understand our value."

        --Paul Flessner, MS Senior Vice President, Server Applications Unit


Expert: White House Negligent on E-Mail

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| The White House e-mail troubles began in 2002 with a decision to upgrade 
| electronic message capabilities and move from Lotus Notes to Microsoft 
| Exchange.  
| Prior to launching Microsoft Exchange for e-mail, there should have been 
| full-scale testing of an archiving system, e-mail experts said. In addition, 
| both the existing archiving system and a new one should have run at the same 
| time until the new system was fully proven.   


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.

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