Who needs to worry about rise of the Machines, when this stuff is happening???
August 22, BBC News -- Computer virus hits hospital systems. Staff at a Glasgow, Scotland hospital worked round the clock to restore its computer systems after the network was struck by the Nachi worm. Medical records, which are stored electronically, became unusable, and staff had to switch to using the paper files they normally store in the hospital. The virus affected about 1,000 network devices, which included computers and printers. The virus only affected computers connected to the network, so did not cause problems with life support machines or other critical care systems. A hospital spokesman said that the timing of the alert had been "quite fortunate" as it came as clinics were running down for the day. The Nachi worm tries to automatically apply the software patch issued by Microsoft to secure machines against the attentions of MSBlast. If it finds the MSBlast worm on a PC it removes the malicious program. However, experts say it can cause problems because it is untested, installs itself automatically, has the potential to cause compatibility problems and create lots of unwanted net traffic.
August 25, Transportation Security Administration -- TSA screeners find hidden weapons during security searches; discoveries emphasize need for continued vigilance. Razor blades hidden in tennis shoes, an artificial leg hollowed out to hide a bayonet, and a handgun taped to the side of a similarly shaped drill are among the weapons that some passengers have recently tried to sneak past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screeners. "People who are tempted to discount the importance of screening need to think again," said Adm. James M. Loy, TSA Administrator. "Every day screeners are meeting the challenge of keeping flights secure, and all too often they are finding dangerous weapons that passengers are trying to take on flights." Admiral Loy commented as security screeners at all of the nation's airports prepared to check every passenger and every bag over the long Labor Day weekend. Recently at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, a man tried to hide two razor blades in the insoles of his tennis shoes underscoring why TSA has always emphasized screening shoes. Since February 2002, TSA has intercepted more than 7.5 million items, including 1,437 firearms, 2.3 million knives and 49,331 boxcutters the terrorists' weapon on 9/11.
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