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Report: Conficker worm bites University of Utah

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| More than 700 computers at the University of Utah have been infected with the 
| Conficker worm. 
| The hit includes computers at the university's three hospitals, the 
| Associated Press reported early Sunday.  


Conficker worm hits University of Utah computers

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| University health sciences spokesman Chris Nelson said the outbreak of the 
| Conficker worm, which can slow computers and steal personal information, was 
| first detected Thursday. By Friday, the virus had infiltrated computers at 
| the hospitals, medical school, and colleges of nursing, pharmacy and health.   



Conficker affected me... though I don't use Windows

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| I hadn't thought about it for a while, but given the recent Conficker
| outbreak, I got to rethink of the whole thing again. Now.... there was
| something that bothered me A LOT.... and it still does (though I'm not
| working with them anymore, I still feel like I'm a part of the family). They
| are still developing applications in-house using proprietary frameworks tied
| to Windows. And here is why it bothers me: They have invested and continue to
| invest time (hence money.. public money, should I add) on getting themselves
| tied to one proprietary platform. Every line of code that they add up to
| their already enormous code stack is another line of code that ties them even
| tighter to Windows. And that's sad. What's done is done.. there's not much
| they can do about the code they have already written... but they could be
| changing the languages they use to develop their applications that could
| allow them to move to another platform if they so wished later on (doing it
| gradually). When I was about to leave, the head of development quit his job
| as well... and that would have been (probably) the best moment to make a push
| for multiplatform languages, but unfortunately I was quiting as well so there
| was no change in development frameworks.
| It hurts me to see one organization that I care so much about tied to that
| security hole disguised as an operating system that's Windows. And even more
| that they still don't take the necessary measures to try to get out of that
| platform, even if it's one small step at a time. Conficker just reopened that
| small wound I carry with me.



Experts are calling for product liability for software

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| "Product liability does not apply to software," Gerald Spindler
| of the Faculty of Law of the University of Göttingen complained.
| "But what if a whole company comes to a standstill due to faulty
| software?" he mused.

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