Here's why .pdf spam went pffft

Expert explains why .pdf spam seems to have disappeared so soon after becoming a staple of junk e-mail.

The Associated Press reported: "Known as ADVISE and begun in 2003, the Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement program was developed by the department and the Lawrence Livermore and Pacific Northwest national laboratories for use by many DHS components, including immigration, customs, border protection, biological defense and its intelligence office.

"Testing of the program had been quietly suspended in March after questions arose over its compliance with privacy rules. Since then two internal Homeland Security reports found that tests had used live data about real people rather than made-up data for one to two years without meeting privacy requirements; one report also found that department analysts found the system time-consuming to use."

At least they won't have to worry about wasting time on it now.

Congressional Democrats back in January made noises about providing closer oversight of federal data-mining projects. Two things have become clear since then: They have their work cut out ... and they haven't done much of it yet.

Verizon smokes out another family

This time it's a Philadelphia family watching smoke billow from the front of their home after another Verizon FiOS tech drills into an electrical wire. The really bad PR news for Verizon? The homeowner happens to be a business reporter for Associated Press. Details available at Buzzblog.

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