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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in December 2006
The Return Of Spam
Commentary  |  12/27/2006  | 
In recent weeks, you've probably noticed the return of an old pest: spam. For almost two years, it seemed as if spam might finally be on the decline. Remember when Bill Gates said that by 2006, "spam will be solved"? Well, that was all going well until a few months ago when spam struck back.
Postcard from Nigeria
News  |  12/26/2006  | 
FBI finally gets a conviction on one of the Internet's oldest spam scams
The InformationWeek Weblog Community Sounds Off
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
The community discusses the death of outsourcing advocate Sunil Mehta, tools for getting the most from two PCs, outsourcing security, upgrading Windows, and getting around Windows activation.
Journalist's Interview Interrupted By Attack Of Flying Genitalia
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
CNET interviewed Ailin Graef, aka "Anshe Chung," about her experiences amassing more than $1 million in virtual property inside the game Second Life. As is Graef's practice, she did the interview inside the game, specifically in the news bureau CNET has opened inside Second Life. What happened next is something that I'm sure never happened to Lois Lane. I'll let CNET tell it thems
iTracs Warns of Office Crime
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
iTracs is warning network managers to be wary of office perils this holiday season
India Loses An Outsourcing Advocate
Commentary  |  12/19/2006  | 
I last spoke with Sunil Mehta in October. The outsourcing exec was excited about new laws to prevent offshore data theft. He also was realistic: "The deterrent will come when we see convictions," Mehta said. That was the Mehta I knew through numerous interviews--a mix of enthusiasm and pragmatism. As such, he embodied the same values that drive India's outsourcing industry. Mehta, 41, passed away over the wee
Phish Net
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
Phishing's growing at a phenomenal rate, and the net effect is a king-sized drag on business
Prez Busted for Hacking
News  |  12/14/2006  | 
High school class officer arrested for changing grades of 19 students
Great Firewall Could Doom China's Outsourcing Prospects
Commentary  |  12/13/2006  | 
China's Xinhua reports that the country plans investments to help it become a bigger player in the global outsourcing market. Good luck: any nation that has an "official news agency" and blocks access to Wikipedia isn't going to thrive in a flat world fueled by information.
Symantec Files Suit
News  |  12/13/2006  | 
Symantec announced that it has filed suit against a large network of distributors selling counterfeit Symantec software
Crossing the Crime Chasm
News  |  12/8/2006  | 
Old-style criminals have met the new online technology, and they're getting along swimmingly
Google Funding Terrorism?
Commentary  |  12/7/2006  | 
A post yesterday on Search Engine Journal details claims by Jim Hedger from Webmaster Radio that Google's AdWords and AdSense programs are funding terrorist organizations. That's just the tip of the iceberg. All the major search engines are helping pedophiles, Nazis, and murderers find information about all sorts of things. Car manufacturers are providing militant
U.K. Committee Injects Common Sense Into Copyright Discussion
Commentary  |  12/6/2006  | 
A prestigious U.K. copyright committee has handed down its recommendations, advocating breathing common sense into U.K. copyright law: The committee, headed up by Andrew Gowers, former head of the Financial Times, recommends striking down the law that makes it illegal for consumers to rip CDs to iPods, or perform other "format-shifting" -- but only for CDs created after the law goes into effect.

New Nonlethal Weapon Induces Searing Pain At A Distance
Commentary  |  12/5/2006  | 
The U.S. military completed a round of testing of the Active Denial System, a weapon that inflicts searing pain at a distance -- but (according to the military) produces no injury. It motivates targets to run away -- and fast. It's been certified for use in Iraq.

The ADS shoots a beam of millimeters waves, which are longer in wavelength than x-rays but shorter than microwaves -- 94 GHz (= 3 mm
US-CERT Issues Warning
News  |  12/5/2006  | 
US-CERT issued a warning of possible cyber attacks by Islamic militant groups associated with the Al Qaeda network
Analyst: IBM To Employ 100,000 Workers In India By 2010
News  |  12/4/2006  | 
An AMR Research analyst reports IBM India aims to add 1,000 new employees each month to meet growth projections.
When Web 2.0 Met The Flat World
Commentary  |  12/1/2006  | 
The scene is a back alley in Bangalore. Two shadowy figures meet warily. "I'm Thomas," says the man with the mustache. "I'm with a syndicate called Globalization, Inc." The other nods. He's taller, weathered like the Irish hills. "Tim's the name," he says. "I run a gang called the Collaborators. It's time we did a deal."


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