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+ - VA, FBI Investigate Missing Hard Drive

Submitted by Daemonstar
Daemonstar writes: It looks like the VA has lost yet another 48,000 vetran's records. This time an external hard drive has gone missing and is thought to have been stolen.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said that the personal information of up to 48,000 veterans was on the hard drive and the records of up to 20,000 of them were not encrypted.
For a refresher, the VA lost 26.5 million records last May when an employee took a database home where it was subsequently stolen.
The Internet

+ - Opera Adds Anti-Phishing to Latest Browser

Submitted by Daemonstar
Daemonstar writes: Opera added anti-phishing to its latest browser, Opera 9.1.

Opera Software today introduced real-time Fraud Protection in its award-winning Web browser. Fraud Protection includes technology from GeoTrust, the leading digital certificate provider, and PhishTank, a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet. Fraud Protection is available in Opera 9.1, the newest version of Opera's Web browser.
The Courts

+ - MySpace Predator Caught by Code

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Daemonstar writes: "From the article:
"I've (Kevin Poulsen) been invited here to witness the end-game of a police investigation that grew from 1,000 lines of computer code I wrote and executed some five months earlier. The automated script searched MySpace's 1 million-plus profiles for registered sex offenders — and soon found one that was back on the prowl for seriously underage boys."
An interesting note from the article is that
"[t]he code swept in a vast number of false or unverifiable matches. Working part time for several months, I sifted the data and manually compared photographs, ages and other data, until enhanced privacy features MySpace launched in June began frustrating the analysis."
This raises a question: if such sweeps take place for (child) sex offenders are turning up false positives with hits, does that mean that Joe Blow's information is stored somewhere along with the data for sex offenders? If this data got out, how would that look to have yourself associated with sexual offenders?"

+ - Oracle Adopts Common Vulnerability Scoring System

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Daemonstar writes: "Listening to customer feedback, Oracle is going to change its policy on vulnerability rating and start publishing ratings in its products according to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) starting October 17. Oracle has been criticized in the past for taking too long to patch certain vulnerabilities. Hopefully this improvement in communication will lead to faster risk assessment and corrective action. "This is great news for Oracle customers and will hopefully enable more people to decide what is critical and also what needs to be patched," says Oracle watcher Peter Finnigan. The Security Focus brief can be found here."

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.