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This is something nobody likes to talk about, but we should all be aware of this particular administrator risk.
Regardless how safe companies and governments make their computer systems, there is always one leak that can never be entirely closedthe Server Admin Leak. A server administrator practically always has sufficient technical knowledge and access rights to look at confidential information, to steal, abuse, or sell it or to cause some other problem like mutilating or deleting data or locking out the rightful operators.
Too much spam
Google has many uses, but a particularly clever one is explained here. If you have an ever-growing spam load and waste too much time fighting spam, there is at least one fully automatic spam filter that works fairly wellGoogle Mail.
By JIM SALTER, AP Business Writer
ST. LOUIS - Charter Communications officials believe a software error during routine maintenance caused the company to delete the contents of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts.
There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from inboxes and archive folders across the country on Monday, said Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for the suburban St. Louis-based company.
It's the end of an era
Amazon.com has now secured the right to sell DRM-free music from all four major labels, snagging Sony BMG.
On Monday, Sony BMG announced it was lifting DRM from its digital music, but only through a gift card service called Platinum MusicPass, which was available through bricks and mortar retail channels. Amazon wouldn't have any such shenanigans, and cut the strings Sony had attached.
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
A senior database administrator for a consumer reporting agency in Florida has admitted stealing more than 8.4 million account records and selling them to a data broker. He netted $580,000 over five years from the scheme.
A long-running California lawsuit over whether all megabytes and gigabytes are created equal may have reached its end on Friday.
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