Saturday, February 25, 2006


Gene-splicing technology is moving fast, making it ever easier to develop a killer virus. For a million dollars or so, a reasonably talented grad student could set up a lab in a basement and cook up a batch of
smallpox. Or worse. It's only a question of how soon.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Boston Globe subscribers credit card numbers published

If you happen to subscribe to the Boston Globe or its sister paper, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, you might want to check your credit card statement extra carefully this month.

The Globe sends its papers out with packing slips. To save money, they print the slips on the back of computer printouts. This weekend, some of the printouts were found to contain the names and credit card numbers of about 240,000 Globe and Telegram subscribers. Oops.