Monthly Archives: March 2009

Weaponizing the Web

SecurityFix has  a sobering post on systems that are “owned” by gangs in Russia.  Here is the M.O. for such gangs:

In DDoS assaults, cyber gangsters demand tens of thousands of dollars in protection money from businesses. If the businesses refuse to pay, the criminals order hundreds or thousands of compromised computers that they control to flood the Web sites with meaningless traffic, crippling the businesses and preventing legitimate visitors from transacting with the sites.

Those same systems can be bought to attack any target.

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Stem Cell Research – Status of Research

Interesting advances — but nothing set in concrete yet.

“The point is, we don’t know yet what the end potential of either of these approaches will be,” said Mark A. Kay of Stanford University. “No one has cured any disease in people with any of these approaches yet. We don’t know enough yet to know which approach will be better.”

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Modernizing Govt ain’t so simple

Great read about the bumps that the Obama team have encountered to replicate the communiation apparatus used during the campaign in the White House.

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Obama EMT investment – Government reacting to market failure

NYT story notes how the investment to create incentives to single practice physicians is classic textbook reactionto market failure:

… only about 17 percent of the nation’s physicians are using computerized patient records, according to a government-sponsored survey published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine.“This is really not a technology problem,” observed Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It’s a matter of incentives and market failure.”

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