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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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