Voice of America reports a growing concern that the nation’s Western agriculture infrastructure is vulnerable to a terrorist attack that could easily disrupt food supplies and commerce. (See item 22)
The Associated Press writes that CDC researchers, working in tandem with a lab in
43. September 10, Computerworld – Offshore worker breaks into Caterpillar server in U.S, steals 4,000 documents. An IT engineer working for Caterpillar Inc.’s engineering design center in India allegedly used another employee's username and password to access and steal about 4,000 confidential documents from a company server in the U.S. The individual behind the attack was arrested by the Cyber Crime Cell of India's Criminal Investigations Department in late July. He was charged with hacking into a server and stealing confidential data under the country's Information Technology Act of 2000. A Caterpillar spokeswoman confirmed the incident and said that a former Caterpillar employee had been arrested by local authorities.
44. September 11, IDG News Service – Broadcasters continue fight against wireless Net. The association of television broadcasters launched a campaign on Monday designed to persuade the Federal Communications Commission not to allow portable wireless Internet services in the so-called "white spaces" of TV spectrum. The move pits powerful broadcasters against some of the biggest names in technology. The broadcasters argue that enabling portable wireless Internet services in the white spaces will degrade TV service for consumers just as they spend billions of dollars buying new digital TV sets. “This investment should not be jeopardized by the introduction of unlicensed personal and portable devices that are sure to interfere with television reception,” said the NAB in an open letter to the FCC. The campaign comes in response to an FCC report detailing its testing of prototype devices from technology giants which are working together as the White Space Coalition. The companies had submitted prototypes of products that could operate in the portion of a spectrum band that a TV broadcaster doesn't use, known as white space. The devices were designed to look for broadcasts in the spectrum and then transmit only if the spectrum was free. But the FCC found that the devices didn't consistently detect the signals and could sometimes cause interference. The FCC has already approved transmission in the spectrum for fixed devices. The prototypes submitted by the technology companies were of portable products.
45. September 11, The Associated Press – FCC wants to guarantee smooth shift to digital-only transmission. It is a digital divide that has the cable industry up against the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. An estimated 32 million cable subscribers in the
46. September 10, Computerworld – Google Earth, Amazon tools aid in search for missing aviator. Tools from Google Earth and Amazon.com are being used in the effort to find aviator and adventurer Steve Fossett who has been missing since taking off in a private plane in