Web Headlines

Headlines from around the web for Monday, Nov. 12, 2007

Compiled by Melanie Bender

CDs with State Employees' Info Missing in Nevada

Reno Gazette-Journal

Hundreds of CDs containing payroll information about state employees, including Social Security numbers, have either been lost or stolen over the past three years.

Senators Introduce E-Government Act Extension

Federal Computer Week

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), author of the E-Government Act of 2002, introduced the bill’s reauthorization act Nov. 7. Along with co-sponsors Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), Lieberman wants to extend nine provisions.

Rhode Island Web Site on the Mend After Hacker Hits

Rhode Island Providence Journal

A spokesman for the Rhode Island secretary of state’s office says no personal information was compromised in a hacker's attack that damaged parts of the agency's Web site.

Senators Urge H-1B Visa Program Expansion

Washington Technology

Nineteen senators are urging Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to expand a program offering temporary work authorizations allowing foreign students to be employed by information technology companies in the United States.

Camden County Voting Machines Ordered Opened

Philadelphia Inquirer

A Superior Court judge yesterday ordered eight Camden County voting machines whose totals were not counted on Election Day to be opened and the computer cartridges that record votes to be removed. County elections officials said the votes would be counted next week, with revised totals expected on Tuesday.

Report: 90 Percent of Web Apps Still Vulnerable


It may not be surprising that Web applications security software provider Cenzic contends that a large number of online programs could use some overall improvement -- but, according the company's latest research, a whopping 90 percent of all Web apps it has studied are vulnerable to some form of attack.

States Vow to Buy Green Computers


The governors of Kansas and Minnesota have signed on to a Google green-computing initiative, committing to spending an extra $30 per PC to make the states' PCs more environmentally friendly.

Spain Implements Digital Grid for Water Management

The Los Angeles Times

Although computer-assisted irrigation is not new, Spanish officials believe that no other country is organizing it at a national level. So far, 200,000 farmers have signed up for the project. By 2010, the government hopes that number rises to 500,000, representing the vast majority of the farmers who utilize irrigation in Spain.