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Comment: Re:They've obviously obfusticated the data, obviou (Score 1) 182

by NTT (#37605044) Attached to: SAIC Loses Data of 4.9 Million Patients

Retrieving the data on the tapes would require knowledge of and access to specific hardware and software and knowledge of the system and data structure

-Who wants to bet that all you need to pull the data out is something like: dd if=/dev/tape | strings, perhaps with conv=ascii given to dd... and maybe gunzip or bunzip2. Sigh. Specific hardware: tape drive and a scsi card. Software: any recent unix would do. Knowledge of data structure: they obviously Huffman-coded all their SQL dumps, right? Haha.

I'd take that bet.

Its not Unix, its OpenVMS.
The software is written in MUMPS.
When code looks like this http://www.hardhats.org/history/chcs4.htm you certainly do need to have specific knowledge of the system and datastructure.

Again, assuming this is the old system that has been in place for 30+ years because with the new system all data is sent to DISA Alabama.

Comment: Why no encryption? This is why... (Score 1) 182

by NTT (#37603934) Attached to: SAIC Loses Data of 4.9 Million Patients

Speaking as a former sysadmin at an Army hospital...
The tapes in question were probably these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Linear_Tape
Running backups on a cluster of these babies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEC_AlphaServer#AlphaServer_SC

This is essentially a 30 year old platform. Back then, nobody ever imagined identity theft would be such a problem or guessed there would be legislation for HIPPA/PII like we have today.

Education

+ - Finger length key to aptitude?

Submitted by IRGlover
IRGlover (666) writes "A report from the BBC (Fingers 'a clue to exam success') outlines findings that the proportions of index fingers relative to ring fingers has a bearing on the subject aptitudes of children. With a sample size of only 75 and worrying overtones of Phrenology this may be another example of Crap Science being reported by the BBC.

From the article:
"The study of 75 seven-year-old children found those with shorter ring fingers than their index fingers did better in tests at literacy than maths.
...
The research team compared the ratio between the two fingers with the seven-year-olds' school test results, and said they found a 'valid relationship' between them.
Dr Brosnan said: 'We're not suggesting that finger length measurements could replace SAT tests.
'Finger ratio provides us with an interesting insight into our innate abilities in key cognitive areas.' ""
Spam

+ - Domain Keys gets Nod from Internet Standards Body

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A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-email messages called Domain keys. Yahoo, Cisco Systems, Sendmail and PGP Corporation are behind the push for DomainKeys, which the companies said in a joint statement will provide "businesses with heightened brand protection by providing message authentication, verification and traceability to help determine whether a message is legitimate."

Another Man Arrested For Using Free Cafe WiFi->

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Will it never end? Just months after a guy was arrested in Alaska for using free library WiFi from outside the library, Broadband Reports points us to a man in Michigan getting arrested for using free cafe WiFi from outside the cafe. The story gets more bizarre the further into you read. The police chief saw the guy, and went over to talk to him, thinking it must be wrong, but not knowing of any law that said so. Following that, he went searching for a law, and found an old law about unauthorized access -- which is designed to make hacking illegal. Of course, that's not what the guy was doing, and you could make a pretty compelling argument that the access wasn't unauthorized. After all, the cafe was offering it for free and there was no loss to the cafe for having this guy use it as well. In fact, the cafe owner didn't even know it was illegal either. Once again, this is based on a bunch of people being extremely confused about how open WiFi works. If the WiFi is open, it should not be a crime to use it. Do the police go around arresting people who use the light coming out of a store window to read something? Also, does this mean that police can now arrest you just for using a laptop in your car? As someone who has used a laptop with an EVDO card in parking lots more than a few times, are the police going to accuse me of "stealing" WiFi? The whole situation is pointless. Nothing is being "stolen." Nothing is even being accessed in an unauthorized manner. Even professional ethicists have chimed in to say that there's nothing wrong with WiFi piggybacking. So why was Sam Peterson potentially facing five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine?
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