Links for 15th June 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The inside story of the Conficker worm

    "If every Windows user had downloaded the security patch Microsoft supplied, all would have been well. Not all home users regularly do so, however, and large companies often take weeks to install a patch. That provides windows of opportunity for criminals."

    [That's my pun of the year so far, I think.]

    "No one knows the identity of Conficker's "patient zero" computer, or precisely when it was infected. It was probably a machine that the hackers already controlled. Once installed, the software set to work, surreptitiously scanning the internet for other vulnerable machines to send itself to."

    Tagged with: ConfickercomputerviruswormsecurityMicrosoftWindows

  2. This is my column. This is my column on drugs. Any questions?

    "Drugs instantiate the classic problem for evidence based social policy. It may well be that prohibition, and the inevitable distribution of drugs by criminals, gives worse results for all the outcomes we think are important, like harm to the user, harm to our communities through crime, and so on. But equally, it may well be that we will tolerate these worse outcomes, because we decide it is somehow more important that we publicly declare ourselves, as a culture, to be disapproving of drug use, and enshrine that principle in law. It’s okay to do that. You can have policies that go against your stated outcomes, for moral or political reasons: but that doesn’t mean you can hide the evidence, it simply means you must be clear that you don’t care about it."

    Tagged with: sciencedrugsmythscocainehealthevidenceeducationpolicypoliticsdeception

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