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[News] [Rival] Pilots at Risk Because of Microsoft Windows

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Unpatched, Virus-Infected Windows To Blame For Grounded French Fighter Pilots
And Halt To Traffic Arrests In Houston

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| Reader Calvin sends in two separate stories of government institutions who 
| apparently failed to patch their Windows machines to protect against the 
| Conficker virus -- despite the patch being available for many months. First, 
| Houston police have stopped arresting people with outstanding traffic 
| warrants and shut down the municipal court system for a few days to try to 
| deal with their computer systems being overrun by the virus.     


Germany deploys cybersoldiers

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| GERMANY HAS REVEALED that it has a team of 76 soldiers who are trained to 
| defend the country from cyber attacks and software piracy. 


Microsoft incompetence -> emergency state.


Planes grounded by 'Microsoft virus'

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| I am not sure whom the French military is attacking these days. (I am told
| that relations with British tourists are much improved.)
| But this morning I happened upon peculiar information while accidentally
| scanning the French paper Liberation.


NASA confirms Windows virus reached outer space:

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| Ah, Microsoft, but let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and
| breadth and height my soul can reach. And you can't reach a whole lot
| higher than the International Space Station (ISS), which NASA this week
| revealed had a few extra astronauts on board last month - a Windows Virus
| known as Gammima.AG.
| This virus, which affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows
| Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP machines, was first
| detected on Earth in August last year before heading off on its
| unexpected journey into space. Gammima AG is widely used to steal log-in
| data for online games in the Far East, the BBC reports. And the virus was
| carried to the station on laptops infected by the virus.
| Gets better: "Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had
| travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were
| infected."
| Probably because the machines on the Space Station are running an
| insecure operating system, known as Windows, we reckon.
| Space news website SpaceRef broke the story about the virus on the
| laptops that astronauts took to the ISS.
| Oh -  and it's possible that some of us Earth-dwellers could have been
| infected by a computer virus sent from space: "The laptops infected with
| the virus were used to run nutritional programs and let the astronauts
| periodically send e-mail back to Earth," says the BBC. And the laptops
| used by astronauts don't have anti-virus software installed.

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