October 23, 2011 |
Earlier this month, researchers discovered a cunning strain of malware, dubbed the Lurid Downloader, that has been systematically and silently stealing data from carefully targeted government computers in 61 countries. The discovery was made by Trend Micro, a Tokyo-based computer security company, which identified the invader as a version of a well-known strain of malware that exploits vulnerabilities in the popular programs Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office. It inserts itself into a computer's core, and then phones home to a remote operator who moves continually from domain to domain on the Internet to avoid detection.
August 11, 2002
Don't be too quick to book passage to the Villa Vannini near Pistoia, Italy ("Unearthing a Hidden Jewel in Tuscany," July 28). I spent one of the worst nights of my life there. The article mentions the hotel's lack of air-conditioning, but of far greater concern was the lack of heating when I stayed there in October about five years ago. After a night of shivering uncontrollably in my room, I could not wait to leave. Also, the chef was on vacation, and the food was inedible in his absence.
August 28, 2012
Re "Norway's sane killer," Opinion, Aug. 26 Nathan Lean is more concerned by acts of vandalism against Muslim institutions, suggesting that these acts are inspired by various activists and writers who spread Islamophobia. His prescription is censorship. He suggests that right-wing terrorism is of greater concern. American terrorism carried out by the likes of David Koresh and Timothy McVeigh has nothing to do with Muslims. Koresh was a paranoid sexual abuser, and McVeigh was obsessed with the perceived intrusion by the federal government on our lives.
May 27, 1989
"Animal Attraction," the final of four films in recent screenings at UCLA, was described as a "satire about TV, Mexico, and tourism" in which a newsman goes to Tijuana in search of "the mythological woman-and-donkey sexploitation act." Granted that the film maker tried to make light of the subject. But it was shocking to see Mexicans in stereotypical roles as poor, uneducated peasants; and the film, in its representation of bestiality, is nothing short of pornography! What is of even greater concern is that this is a student project, with a faculty adviser overseeing the production process at a state university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1989
Thank you for your editorial. Quite naturally, I have a personal interest in the subject. But, as a taxpayer I have an even greater concern. I see our organization recruiting top people, insuring that their backgrounds are clean, training them, giving them work experience, and then having them leave for private industry or local government at a substantially greater salary. The same is true with other entities of the federal government. While many of our citizenry were happy to see the recent congressional raise fail, Congress was really only a small part of that package.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1997
I am sure that I am not the only one who calculated the average cost of school textbooks from the figures given in your article (Aug. 7). As a teacher in the San Marcos Unified School District, I must say that the $56 average is quite accurate. Of a much greater concern, however, is the lack of any control over the condition of the books once they are placed in the hands of the students. Current law requires schools to supply students with the necessary tools for learning but, in the case of returnable supplies such as textbooks, does not provide for any meaningful penalty for loss or defacement.