Hacking the Legislature

Reporter John S. Adams took world-renowned computer security expert Brad Smith into the capitol in Helena and demonstrated — using a covert Bluetooth antenna and a cheap netbook — that many Bluetooth-enabled devices at the legislature are not secure.

Missoula tech company strikes deal with IBM to help build trek-like sensor grids

A Missoula company has struck a deal with IBM that could shape how organizations monitor critical infrastructure and how the country secures its borders, the Helena Independent Record reports. The deal allows the company, TerraEchos, to embed new IBM technology into a system of fiber-optic sensors, the company’s CEO, Alex Philp told the IR. TerraEchos’… Continue reading Missoula tech company strikes deal with IBM to help build trek-like sensor grids

Bad McAfee virus definition update causes PCs around the world to crash

A bad update for McAfee security software has caused Windows XP computers around the world to shut down and restart continuously. Virus definition update 5958, issued at 6 a.m. Pacific time, caused McAfee software to incorrectly identify the Windows system file svchost.exe as an infected file — W32/wecorl.a. The software then deletes svchost.exe on computers… Continue reading Bad McAfee virus definition update causes PCs around the world to crash