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Submission + - CIA Says Cyber Attackers Blacked Out Cities (informationweek.com) 1

Dotnaught writes: "Cyber attackers it seems can reach the power grid. "We have information, from multiple regions outside the United States, of cyber intrusions into utilities, followed by extortion demands," CIA senior analyst Tom Donahue said at a New Orleans security conference. "We suspect, but cannot confirm, that some of these attackers had the benefit of inside knowledge. We have information that cyberattacks have been used to disrupt power equipment in several regions outside the United States. In at least one case, the disruption caused a power outage affecting multiple cities. We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet." Is it time to invest in battery backup?"
Privacy

Submission + - The Doctor Will see your Credit Score Now (msnbc.com)

mytrip writes: "The folks who invented the credit score for lenders are hard at work developing a similar tool for hospitals and other health care providers.

The project, dubbed "MedFICO" in some early press reports, will aid hospitals in assessing a patient's ability to pay their medical bills. But privacy advocates are worried that the notorious errors that have caused frequent criticism of the credit system will also cause trouble with any attempt to create a health-related risk score. They also fear that a low score might impact the quality of the health care that patients receive.

"If you had a poor score, you could be denied a hospital stay, for example," Dixon said."

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