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Vincent Granville's Blog – February 2009 Archive (2)

Microsoft offers a $250K reward to catch the operator of a very fast growing botnet

by Mark Hachman



Microsoft, several security firms, and members of the academic community came together Thursday to try and develop a coordinated plan to halt the spread of the Conficker worm, also known as Downadup.



Microsoft announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Conficker author or authors, available to anyone in any country, subject to local laws. Meanwhile, a group of security companies pledged to work together to… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 13, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Legislation Aims To Curb Data Mining

Most people are unaware that after they fill a prescription, many pharmacies turn around and sell information about that prescription to pharmaceutical companies in order for them to market their drugs to physicians. This practice is called data mining and it has negative consequences for the public health, health care costs, and privacy.



Through data mining, pharmaceutical companies are able to target-market their high-cost, brand-name drugs to prescribers who either are already… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on February 2, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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