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11/13/2005 Archived Entry: "Sony CDs Endanger Avian Flu Response - DHS"

Sony CDs Endanger Avian Flu Response

No kidding. That what Stewart Baker of the U.S. ReichsHauptSicherheitAmt -- er, Department of Homeland Security -- seems to be saying about the Sony CD rootkit:

"If we have an avian flu outbreak here and it is even half as bad as the 1918 flu, we will be enormously dependent on being able to get remote access for a large number of people, and keeping the infrastructure functioning is going to be a matter of life and death and we take it very seriously."

The Bush administration is hyping the avian flu bugbear everywhere, it seems.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is updating their anti-spyware tool to detect and remove the Sony rootkit. No word yet on whether Microsoft will be charged under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.  —brad

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