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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Mind-machine communication: "Recognizing that many people who have lost the ability to move their limbs due to spinal cord, nerve or muscle damage have intact brains, Donoghue and his colleagues devised a way to translate thoughts into computer commands. In Cyberkinetics’ BrainGate system, now being tested in two patients, a silicon array the size of a baby aspirin is implanted into the brain’s primary motor cortex, which is responsible for limb movement. The chip--which contains 100 gold electrodes, each thinner than a human hair--is wired to a computer that interprets electrical signals from the neurons, allowing the subject to control a cursor and, by extension, other equipment.
Within two months, the first subject, a 25-year-old who had become paralyzed three years earlier, was able to open e-mail, channel surf on a television and turn lights off and on. By enabling the man to control a computer merely by thinking about it, Donoghue and his team provided him with increased autonomy. .. “Someday, the technology may allow the paralyzed to move their own muscles,” says [fellow Brown professor Roy] Aaron." 10:09:14 PM
Hackers Admit to Wave of Attacks: "An Ohio computer hacker who served as a digital button man for a shady internet hosting company faces prison time after admitting he carried out one of a series of crippling denial-of-service attacks ordered by a wealthy businessman against his competitors. " Quite a story: Hackers used an Ohio ISP to discover vulnerable windows machines. One found 15,000, and used spybot to take them over. A Los Angeles business man hired the ISP manager for $1000 to orchestrate a DoS attack on his competitors. "The FBI described the ensuing attack as a tenacious, 10-day deluge that tracked RapidSatellite through three ISP changes, and briefly blocked Amazon.com and the website of the Department of Homeland Security, which had the poor luck of sharing service providers with Echouafni's rival. "
The businessman liked the results so much he bought the ISP and went after other targets. "Jay Echouafni, the 38-year-old satellite TV mogul who allegedly ordered and funded the cyberhits, went on the lam last year, and remains a fugitive from a federal indictment out of Los Angeles. .. Echouafni skipped out on $750,000 bail secured by his house in Massachusetts last year. Law enforcement officials believe he's now living in his native Morocco. " [Via Scott Lemon] 10:39:40 AM