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Customer data at Microsoft exposed
by Bob Sullivan
A computer security researcher known for discovering serious leaks of private
information at major U.S. companies has found one at Microsoft Corp.'s Web
site. The researcher showed MSNBC.com several screen shots he had taken
revealing Microsoft customer addresses, phone numbers, and what they ordered.
Microsoft admitted the exposure and said it had immediately corrected the
ZDNet News 10/10/01
MS blocks peephole into customer data
by Paul Festa
Microsoft moved swiftly this week to close a security gap in its customer
service Web site that let anyone with a browser view customers' sales records
and other confidential information.
The software giant had left a search database exposed without security
protections. The address of the customer service page was unpublished, but by
altering the numerical IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of known Microsoft
Web sites, a security enthusiast located it and found himself with access to
an unknown number of customer service records.
Evansville Courier & Press 10/10/01
UE students are digging into the past
by Michelle Brutlag
In their world, a 1985 penny, a piece of green glass and a discarded plastic
cigarette holder in the grass all hold significance.
Bright autumn sunlight made the digging on a vacant lot adjacent to the Erie
Homes housing development a little easier for University of Evansville
archaeology students last week.
Bank confidentiality to be upheld for now
HB/svu BERLIN. The German government plans to close tax loopholes in the
medium term before going on to reexamine the country's law on banking
confidentiality, the parliamentary state secretary to the finance ministry,
Barbara Hendricks (SPD), told parliament on Wednesday.
Hendricks said that the law governing bank secrecy did not have to be amended
provided the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, approved the planned
measures to combat money laundering.
Idaho Statesman 10/10/01
Ombudsman's records sealed
by Wayne Hoffman
The Boise City Council voted Tuesday to prevent the city's community
ombudsman from releasing interviews of witnesses and police officers.
The Council voted unanimously to make such records part of a police officer's
personnel file and therefore confidential under Idaho's public records law.
Information Week 10/08/01
Safety in sharing
As the investigation of the terrorist attacks continues, government agencies
strive to share information
by Rick Whiting and Eric Chadbrow
When Tom Ridge steps in as the country's new security czar this week, he'll
bring a reputation for understanding the role that IT plays in collaboration
among government agencies. That experience could prove crucial because the
war on terrorism will depend heavily on improved data sharing among federal
and state agencies not accustomed to working together so closely. It's an IT
challenge that has urgent implications.
Siftings Herald 10/10/01
OBU library a treasure trove
by Sarah Shepherd
For many people, the halls of Riley-Hickingbotham Library at Ouachita Baptist
University are more than avenues that lead to great book discoveries or a
convenient place to study and read. Rather, the library is viewed as a place
of research that is host to a treasure trove of important documents.
For more than 20 years, the library has acquired by donation a Special
Collections section where Wendy Richter, archivist, is responsible for
preserving unique material which documents a wide latitude of life in the
United States and particularly in and around the region surrounding the
Your money matters: Do you know where your vital records are?
by Jeff D. Opdyke
Records: What do you keep? And where do you keep them?
Such questions loom large these days. Families and businesses directly
touched by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are now sorting through a multitude
of documents -- from insurance policies to wills to the contents of
safe-deposit boxes -- trying to rebuild lives as well as shuttered
operations. It is a reminder of the relevance of the otherwise toilsome chore
of properly corralling financial and life records.
New York Times 10/09/01
From torn steel, cold data of storage
by James Glanz
When the twin towers fell, the two buildings that had once been admired for
their endless structural and architectural complexity suddenly became a
heartbreaking mass grave, a symbol of terrorism's reach, and - at a coldly
physical level - 1.2 million tons of tangled debris.
Orlando Sentinel 10/10/01
Feeney: No intention of overhauling public record laws
by Mark Silva and John Kennedy
TALLAHASSEE -- Despite a rush to tighten state security in the aftermath of
the nation's terrorist assaults, House Speaker Tom Feeney says he has no
intention of overhauling Florida's vaunted public record laws in an upcoming
Providence Journal 10/10/01
City's land records now only a keystroke away
by Mark Arsenault
CRANSTON -- City land records have entered the computer age and are heading,
eventually, to the Internet.
A new computer archiving system in the land records room in City Hall allows
electronic searches for records, and will bring up instant digital images of
property documents such as deeds, mortgages and easements, according to Mayor
John O'Leary and City Clerk Maria M. Wall.
Washington Times 10/10/01
States putting an end to lax ID-card rules
by Matthew Barakat
The deal struck in a Northern Virginia parking lot was simple, authorities
say: For $50, day laborer Herbert Villalobos agreed to sign forms that a
Middle Eastern man needed to obtain a Virginia identification card.
Albany Times-Union 10/10/01
U.S. District Court to hear trade-secret case
by Kenneth Aaron
A long-dormant trade-secret case that cost two Saratoga Springs companies
$5.2 million is cranking up again in U.S. District Court.
General Electric Co. says Turbine Services Ltd. and Steam Specialties Inc.,
both run by the same principals, are breaking the terms of the settlement
hammered out among the parties in 1988.
Washington Post 10/10/01
by Steve Vogel
Robert Jaworski huddled with assistants in his Pentagon office, anguishing
over a schedule of funerals for 34 of his employees. The big white calendar
on the wall was filling fast, and Friday was a particular concern.
"There's one at Fort Belvoir at 10, another one at a different chapel at
Belvoir at 11, there's an 11:30 in Dumfries, there's an 11 in Manassas," he
said. In the afternoon, there were two more, one of them in Georgia. Most had
been Jaworski's colleagues for years.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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