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NEWS - August 21, 2005 - US Customs hit by computer glitch

by Donna Buenaventura / August 21, 2005 12:57 AM PDT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/19/AR2005081900310.html

A US Customs computer used to process international travelers entering the country unexpectedly shut down July 18, 2005, creating long lines of people waiting to pass through customs. Customs officials processed travelers by hand at New York airports, while Miami, ranked third in international passenger flow, dealt with queues of waiting travelers. Zachary Mann, spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection in southern Florida, said backup plans were put into effect and technicians had began fixing the system, but he had no information about the cause of the outage.
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http://news.com.com/Vista+feature+exposes+beta+machines/2100-1002_3-5838647.html

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PC users point the finger at Microsoft over latest virus outbreak, Sophos reports

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Systems administrators are also feeling the wrath, with 20% of respondents blaming them for not patching systems quickly enough. 45% hold the virus writers responsible for the 19 worms, which all take advantage of the same flaw.

"The majority of users believe that the virus writer has to take the ultimate blame for deliberately creating and unleashing this worm to wreak havoc on poorly protected businesses," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "But what is most surprising is that so many people blame Microsoft for having the software flaw in the first place. Users' anger is perhaps understandable as Microsoft's security problems and their consequences are felt by businesses the world over. Many respondents appear to be incredibly frustrated by the constant need to roll-out emergency patches across their organizations."

http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/articles/zotobpoll.html

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The hacker used a legitimate user's ID and password to access personal information on the officers contained in the Assignment Management System (AMS), an online program used for assignment preferences and career management, the Air Force said. That data included career information, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,104080,00.html

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