The RISKS Digest
Volume 29 Issue 65

Thursday, 28th July 2016

Forum on Risks to the Public in Computers and Related Systems

ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy, Peter G. Neumann, moderator

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Multiple alleged HIPAA violations result in $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Widespread HIPAA vulnerabilities result in $2.7 million settlement with Oregon Health & Science University
"Osram's Lightify smart bulbs suffer from serious security flaws"
Brad Chacos
Mozilla off-by-one error on the Web anniversary!
Gene Wirchenko
No treat for you: Pets miss meals after auto-feeding app PetNet glitches
Nicky Woolf
Scary Report from CMU on AI Robots
Marc Rotenberg
"Flaw with password manager LastPass could hand over control to hackers"
Michael Kan
Donald Trump to Russia: Please Hack Hillary!
Mother Jones
"DNC Hack, and Lessons for Our Next President"
Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails"
Can foreign powers hack our elections?
Jack Goldsmith
Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.
Master key used by TSA to open Safe Skies luggage locks revealed
Werner U
"New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux"
Dan Goodin
Millions of Wireless Keyboards Let Hackers See What You're Typing
"Hackers can snoop and even type keystrokes from at least 8 wireless keyboard vendors"
Tim Greene
Some unusually level-headed computer security advice
Beware of default settings
Pro Publica
$1 Billion for Dollar Shave Club: Why Every Company Should Worry
"You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update"...
Ian Paul
TEPCO urges Pokémon Go players to keep out of Fukushima disaster zone
The Guardian
Nintendo Shares Drop 18% After It Reminds Investors It Did Not Develop Pokémon Go
Re: Self-driving cars, accepting the moral dilemma
Roger Strong
Al Mac
US NTSB via Al Mac
Re: Study: 78% of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal, or Business Data
Eric Sosman
Alexander Klimov
Re: Swiss trains fail on curious corner case
Dave Horsfall
Mike Hinchey Discusses "Evolving Critical Systems"
Werner U
Info on RISKS (comp.risks)

Multiple alleged HIPAA violations result in $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (HHS)

Monty Solomon <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:53:48 -0400
Multiple alleged HIPAA violations result in $2.75 million settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has agreed to settle
multiple alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR's investigation of UMMC was
triggered by a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information
(ePHI) affecting approximately 10,000 individuals.  During the
investigation, OCR determined that UMMC was aware of risks and
vulnerabilities to its systems as far back as April 2005, yet no significant
risk management activity occurred until after the breach, due largely to
organizational deficiencies and insufficient institutional oversight. UMMC
will pay a penalty of $2,750,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to help
assure future compliance with HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach
Notification Rules.

Widespread HIPAA vulnerabilities result in $2.7 million settlement with Oregon Health & Science University (HHS)

Monty Solomon <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:55:49 -0400
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has agreed to settle potential
violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules following an investigation by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
that found widespread and diverse problems at OHSU, which will be addressed
through a comprehensive three-year corrective action plan.  The settlement
includes a monetary payment by OHSU to the Department for $2,700,000.

OCR's investigation began after OHSU submitted multiple breach reports
affecting thousands of individuals, including two reports involving
unencrypted laptops and another large breach involving a stolen unencrypted
thumb drive.  These incidents each garnered significant local and national
press coverage. OCR's investigation uncovered evidence of widespread
vulnerabilities within OHSU's HIPAA compliance program, including the
storage of the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of over 3,000
individuals on a cloud-based server without a business associate agreement.
OCR found significant risk of harm to 1,361 of these individuals due to the
sensitive nature of their diagnoses.

"Osram's Lightify smart bulbs suffer from serious security flaws" (Brad Chacos)

Gene Wirchenko <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:47:49 -0700
Brad Chacos, Senior Editor, TechHive, PC World, 27 Jul 2016
Osram's Lightify smart bulbs suffer from several serious security flaws
Most—but not all—will be fixed in August, however.

Those smart lightbulbs you installed may just be dumbing down your home
network's security, creating cracks that hackers can slip through to press

Security firm Rapid7 posted a vulnerability report earlier this month:

  Nine issues affecting the Home or Pro versions of Osram Lightify were
  discovered, with the practical exploitation effects ranging from the
  accidental disclosure of sensitive network configuration information, to
  persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) on the web management console, to
  operational command execution on the devices themselves without

    [This may give new meaning to the old question of how many people does
    it take to change a lightbulb.  You might need at least a skilled sys
    admin to overcome the newly installed supposedly secure controls, a
    licensed electrician to ensure the sys admin will not be electrocuted,
    and a supervisor to ensure that no information leakage results, not to
    mention the procurers of the lightbulb and others indirectly involved.
    Of course, given the Internet of Things, the sys admin might be remotely
    working for an untrustworthy third-party company, the licensed
    electrician operating with forged certification, and the supervisor
    actually might be a robot (who would not count, even though it can
    count!?), and the lightbulb might be a counterfeit or spiked with
    special surveillance capabilities!  This has glorious opportunities for
    RISKS, and perhaps even an April Fool's item.  PGN]

Mozilla off-by-one error on the Web anniversary!

Gene Wirchenko <>
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:30:19 -0700
I just received an E-mail from Mozilla.  They are promoting today
(2016-07-28) as the 10,000th day of the Web.  Sounds impressive?

I had to check.  Actually, it is the 10,001st day of the Web.  It is 10,000
days *after* the start of 1989-03-12.  Off-by-one claims another victim.
Another reason to stick with my older version of Firefox?

No treat for you: Pets miss meals after auto-feeding app PetNet glitches (Nicky Woolf)

Jim Reisert AD1C <>
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:37:21 -0600
Nicky Woolf, *The Guardian*,  27 July 2016 19.09 EDT

A server issue has taken down PetNet's automatic feeding system for a number
of users, leaving many animals without their scheduled meals PetNet's CEO,
Carlos Herrera, said the third-party server service had been down for about
10 hours and had no redundancy backup, but said PetNet was preparing a

Scary Report from CMU

Marc Rotenberg <>
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:35:05 -0400
A new report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security forecasts
that autonomous artificially intelligent robots are just five to 10 years
away from hitting the mainstream—but there's a catch.  The new breed of
smart robots will be eminently hackable. To the point that they might be
re-programmed to kill you.  The study, published in April, attempted to
assess which emerging technology trends are most likely to go mainstream,
while simultaneously serious cybersecurity problems.

"Flaw with password manager LastPass could hand over control to hackers"

Gene Wirchenko <>
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:38:58 -0700
Michael Kan, Infoworld, 27 Jul 2016
The exploits require tricking a user to visiting a malicious website

opening text:

Even password manager LastPass can be fooled. A Google security researcher
has found a way to remotely hijack the software.

It works by first luring the user to a malicious site. The site will then
exploit a flaw in a LastPass add-on for the Firefox browser, giving it
control over the password management software.

Donald Trump to Russia: Please Hack Hillary!

Lauren Weinstein <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:50:48 -0700
[via NNSquad]

  Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's deleted
  emails during a bizarre press conference on Wednesday in Miami.  "Russia,
  if you are listening, I hope you are able to fid the 30,000 emails that
  are missing," Trump said, referring to the emails that were not handed
  over to investigators from Hillary Clinton's private email server. "I
  think you'll be rewarded mightily by our press."

"DNC Hack, and Lessons for Our Next President" (Motherboard)

"David Farber" <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:02:44 -0400
(Facebook Post, July 25, 2016)

Thomas Rid has a good analysis on the forensics that points to Russia:

"Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails"

Lauren Weinstein <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:02:23 -0700
  Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary
  Clinton's email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power's cyberspying of
  a secretary of state's correspondence.

Can foreign powers hack our elections? (Jack Goldsmith)

"Peter G. Neumann" <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 9:21:41 PDT
Jack Goldsmith, on Whether Foreign Powers Could Hack Our Elections
Posted on ElectionLawBlog by Rick Hasen, 26 Jul 2016

Is the election aspect of this hack unique?

There have been reports in recent years of cyberattacks or cyberoperations
in computer networks in other countries related to elections. Still, if this
if a Russian (or some other foreign governmental) operation, I know of
nothing parallel on this scale, with this impact. And yet, as I wrote this
morning, “the Russian hack of the DNC was small beans compared to the
destruction of the integrity of a national election result.''  Presumably
the DNC email hack and leak involve genuine emails. But what if the hackers
interspersed fake but even more damning or inflammatory emails that were
hard to disprove? What if hackers break in to computers to steal or destroy
voter registration information? What if they disrupted computer-based voting
or election returns in important states during the presidential election?
The legitimacy of a presidential election might be called into question,
with catastrophic consequences. The DNC hack is just the first wave* of
possible threats to electoral integrity in the United States—by foreign
intelligence services, and others.

Also see Slate:  Is the DNC Hack an Act of War?

"Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School,
co-founder of Lawfare, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford
University, and co-chair of its Working Group on National Security,
Technology, and Law. He teaches and writes about national security law,
presidential power, cybersecurity, international law, Internet law, foreign
relations law, and conflict of laws. Before coming to Harvard, Professor
Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from
2003-2004, and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002-2003."

Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.

Monty Solomon <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:50:01 -0400
American intelligence agencies cautioned that they are uncertain whether the
breach was an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

  [Also, See op-ed by Nicholas Kristof: Putin, Trump and Our Election, in
  today's issue of *The New York Times*.]

Master key used by TSA to open Safe Skies luggage locks revealed

Werner U <>
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:42:29 +0200
'On Saturday evening, during the Eleventh HOPE conference in New York City,
three hackers released the final master key used by the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), which opens Safe Skies luggage locks,' writes
CSO's Steve Ragan.  The hackers also released a 3D-printable model of the
key.  The issue, the hackers say, isn't that some creep can riffle through
your delicates using one of these keys, but that government key escrow is
inherently dangerous.  Even the TSA admits that the Safe Skies locks have
little to do with safety.  'These consumer products are convenience products
that have nothing to do with TSA's aviation security regime,' an agency
spokesperson said.

"New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux" (Dan Goodin)

Gene Wirchenko <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:12:49 -0700
Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 26 Jul 2016
Hack can be carried out by operators of Wi-Fi hotspots, where HTTPs is
needed most.

opening text:

A key guarantee provided by HTTPS encryption is that the addresses of
visited websites aren't visible to attackers who may be monitoring an end
user's network traffic. Now, researchers have devised an attack that breaks
this protection.

The attack can be carried out by operators of just about any type of
network, including public Wi-Fi networks, which arguably are the places
where Web surfers need HTTPS the most. It works by abusing a feature known
as WPAD—short for Web Proxy Autodisovery --in a way that exposes certain
browser requests to attacker-controlled code. The attacker then gets to see
the entire URL of every site the target visits. The exploit works against
virtually all browsers and operating systems. It will be demonstrated for
the first time at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas in
a talk titled Crippling HTTPS with Unholy PAC.

Millions of Wireless Keyboards Let Hackers See What You're Typing

Lauren Weinstein <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:15:52 -0700

  A newly discovered set of wireless keyboard vulnerabilities can let
  hackers take over your keyboard and secretly record what you type.  It's
  called KeySniffer, and it spells death for millions of wireless,
  radio-based keyboards.  According to security researchers at Bastille, the
  so-called KeySniffer vulnerability affects wireless keyboards that use a
  less secure, radio-based communication protocol rather than a Bluetooth
  connection. The affected keyboards come from eight different hardware
  makers and use transceiver chips or non-Bluetooth chips.  These chips are
  cheaper than Bluetooth chips, but they also don't receive Bluetooth's
  frequent security updates. That's a problem.

My primary keyboards are all wired. On rare occasions, I use a Bluetooth
keyboard unaffected by this specific issue.

"Hackers can snoop and even type keystrokes from at least 8 wireless keyboard vendors" (Tim Greene)

Gene Wirchenko <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:24:34 -0700
Tim Greene, Network World, PC World, 26 Jul 2016
Bastille says the KeySniffer vulnerability can be exploited from 250 feet away.

opening text:

A vulnerability across at least eight brands of wireless keyboards lets
hackers read keystrokes from 250 feet away, according to wireless security
vendor Bastille.

The problem is that the keyboards transmit to their associated PCs without
encryption, and it's just a matter of reverse engineering the signals to
figure out how to read what keys are being hit, say Bastille researchers. An
attacker could inject keystrokes while the keyboard is idle and the machine
is logged in, they say, using a dongle that can be fashioned for less than

Some unusually level-headed computer security advice (Bloomberg)

Ed Ravin <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:50:32 -0400
Bloomberg Business Week ran an article on reasonable security measures you
can take for protection against cyber threats, on a sliding scale from
"sane" to "Snowden".  My only quibble with it is that taping up your Webcam
should be higher on the list than subscribing to an ID theft monitoring
service, as most of us are already getting the latter for free thanks to all
those major credit card breaches.

  [One of my default caveats: "Best" practices are nowhere near good enough,
  "Reasonable" ones probably even less so.  PGN]

Beware of default settings (Pro Publica)

"Alister Wm Macintyre" <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:42:30 -0500
Many devices come with default settings.  Many people install devices and
start services, unaware of these settings which could be altered to better
protect their privacy and security.  Defaults can also have a significant
impact on overall society and quality of civilization.

The Pro Publica article discusses defaults in:
.       Computers
.       Phones
.       Apps
.       Kitchen appliances
.       Food distribution to the public
.       Government registration
.       Retirement plan enrollment
.       Other topics

$1 Billion for Dollar Shave Club: Why Every Company Should Worry

Monty Solomon <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:46:00 -0400
The Internet, mass transportation, and globalization allow decentralized
companies to be smaller and leaner and have fewer employees.

"You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update"... (Ian Paul)

Gene Wirchenko <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:42:50 -0700
Ian Paul, PCWorld, 26 Jul 2016
...but you can lessen her awareness.

  [Definitely a lesson less in there.  Less and Less is More?  PGN]

opening text:

Microsoft made an interesting decision with Windows 10's Anniversary Update,
which is now in its final stages of development before it rolls out on 2 Aug

Cortana, the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10's search
function and taps into Bing's servers to answer your queries with contextual
awareness, no longer has an off switch.

Werner U <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:17:24 +0200
  [Might be RISKY to venture near that place ?!? ]

Pokémon Go players urged not to venture into Fukushima disaster zone

Samuel Gibbs, *The Guardian*, 26 Jul 2016

Tepco requests Niantic to remove Pokémon character from nuclear plant
meltdown areas and evacuation zone

Japan is asking for the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone to be classified as
a no-go area for Pokémon after the discovery of at least one of the
game's characters on a power station's site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has requested that
Pokémon Go developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company prevent
Pokémon appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor
meltdown in Fukushima to help prevent encouraging players to enter dangerous
areas.  <>

Tepco said it has tested the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was partially
destroyed by the March 2011 disaster, the nearby Fukushima Daini plant and
the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture and found Pokémon
<> on-site.

Japan's nuclear regulator sent out a warning to national energy providers
telling them to tighten security after the incursion of three teenagers into
a nuclear power plant in Ohio in the US. Tepco has banned employees from
playing Pokémon Go on site.

The Fukushima governor, Masao Uchibori, said that it was not good that
people might enter nuclear plants or evacuation zones designated after the
nuclear disaster on the hunt for Pokémon and that “the prefectural
government will consider how to draw attention to this.''

The city government of Nagasaki has already requested that Niantic remove
Pokémon from Nagasaki Peace Park, which is maintained as a memorial to
victims of the atomic bombing of the city in 1945. The city has also asked
visitors to refrain from playing the game saying that “the Peace Park is a
place for prayer.''

Niantic said it would modify the game if the company discovered problems.

Japan, the home of Pokémon, had to wait for weeks after the Pokémon
Go's original launch in Australia, owing to worries about overloaded servers
and the commercial agreement with McDonald's for sponsored Pokémon stops.


Since the game's launch in Japan <>,
reports of minor traffic incidents including that of a Pokémon
Go-playing male high school student and a 30-year-old man colliding on a
street in Tokyo's Adachi Ward while riding bicycles.

The Pokémon Go global craze has led South Koreans to flock to a remote
region holocaust museums having to discourage players, naive New Zealanders
Led to Hell's Angels clubs and police stations filled with players.  It has
also caused car accidents, impromptu flash-mobs in the middle of New York
streets and people to walk into the sea in pursuit of some of the more rare


Hiroshi Hase, Japanese minister of education, culture, sports, science and
technology, said that global frenzy involving content created in Japan was
*gratifying*, but that it's location-based nature could put gamers and
others at risk in certain situations and urged caution.

Nintendo Shares Drop 18% After It Reminds Investors It Did Not Develop Pokémon Go

Gene Wirchenko <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:36:15 -0700
   [another way Pokémon Go has gone viral.]

Anime News Network

opening text:

Nintendo's shares on the Japanese stock market dropped by 18 percent on
Monday, and is dropping as much as six percent on Tuesday, after Nintendo
issued a report last Friday. The report noted that company expected the
impact of the Pokémon Go game on its annual net income to be limited, and
clarified that it did not develop the game.  The company's share prices had
doubled since the release of the game on July 6, with a market
capitalization of 4.5 trillion yen (US$42.5 billion) as of last
Tuesday. Monday;s stock price drop reduced the company's market value by
about US$6.7 billion.

  [PGN NOTES: I had these items in the queue, and might as well
  abbreviate them for the record—even though they are old:]

Sam Machkovech, *Ars Technica*, 10 Jul 2016
Armed muggers use Pokémon Go to find victims (Sam Machkovech)

Pokémon Go on iOS gets full access to your Google account

Pokémon Go's creators say they didn't mean to spy on Google accounts

Re: Self-driving cars, accepting the moral dilemma (RISKS 29.64)

"Roger Strong" <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:29:17 -0500
> If the car is really autonomous, then any "fault" belongs to the
> manufacturer and the mfgr will have to pay the damages.

It's common practice for even the manufacturers' authorized repair shops to
use cheaper aftermarket parts from other manufacturers.  Today it's
headlights and brake pads, tomorrow it'll be the sensors used for automated
driving.  If an accident investigation shows that a repair shop substituted
a cheaper sensor, painted over one, or - as in two NASA probes - installed a
sensor upside-down, I doubt the car manufacturer will accept liability.

Re: Self-driving car fatal accident (RISKS-29.60)

"Peter G. Neumann" <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:27:48 PDT
You might like to look at my Ubiquity piece on self-driving vehicles,
which was posted today:

Auto-Mation vs Partial Auto-Mation ...  Interesting quotes from Don Norman
at the end.

Re: Self-driving car fatal accident (RISKS-29.60)

"Alister Wm Macintyre (Wow)" <>
Sunday, July 10, 2016 11:50 PM
In the death in an auto accident where the human in the driver seat was not
driving, he was using the Autopilot of a Tesla model S, while he watched a
Harry Potter movie.

Re: self-driving car fatal accident (RISKS-29.60)

"Alister Wm Macintyre \(Wow\)" <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:24:23 -0500
On 26 Jul 2016, the US National Transportation Safety Board
<> (NTSB) issued its preliminary report
<> (executive summary) for the investigation of a
fatal 7 May 2016 highway crash on US Highway 27A, near Williston, Florida.

The preliminary NTSB report details the collision involving a 53-foot
semitrailer in combination with a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia truck tractor
and a 2015 Tesla Model S. The report states that according to system
performance data downloaded from the car, the indicated vehicle speed was 74
mph just prior to impact, and the posted speed limit was 65 mph.

  [Al Mac observation: In the USA, police usually ticket vehicles traveling
  at 10 mph, or more, above the speed limit Thus, traveling at 9 mph above
  the speed limit, was probably the speed of the rest of the traffic around
  where the collision occurred.]

The car's system performance data also revealed the driver was using the
advanced driver assistance features Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and
Autosteer lane-keeping assistance. The car was also equipped with automatic
emergency braking that is designed to automatically apply the brakes to
reduce the severity of or assist in avoiding frontal collisions.

The NTSB preliminary report does not contain any analysis of data and does
not state probable cause for the crash.

The continuing investigation may contribute supplements or corrections to
this preliminary info.

The NTSB executive summary and PDF detail include photos of the
consequences, and where it happened. >

All aspects of the crash remain under NTSB investigation. While no timeline
has been established, final reports are generally published 12 months after
the release of a preliminary report.

NHTSA also has preliminary data on this crash.  Keywords for searching NHTSA
reports, to see if they have any more info, on this crash:

Investigation: PE 16-007

Re: Study: 78% of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal, or Business Data

Eric Sosman <>
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:22:25 -0400
In RISKS-29.64, Carl Byington suggests writing zeroes to "almost all" of a
disk prior to decomissioning.  Rather than a one-pass hand- rolled solution
with highly predictable data, I've used Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN), which
makes multiple overwriting passes with "random" data.  No doubt other
solutions exist, too.

Of course, if the disk holds *really* sensitive data, the best solution is
physical destruction: Shatter the platters and scatter the shards,
preferably across multiple incinerators.

Re: Study: 78% of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal or Business Data (RISKS-29.64)

Alexander Klimov <>
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:50:11 +0300
Carl Byington wrote:
> "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M"

Once the computer is broken, you cannot boot it to erase the disk.  The disk
can be partially faulty and shredding becomes non-trivial.  You may want to
send computer to repair without destructing your data.

The proper way is to use full-disk encryption from the very beginning.  To
wipe such disk you simply forget the password.

By the way, there is less cryptic "shred /dev/sda" instead of "dd".

Re: Swiss trains fail on curious corner case (notsp)

Dave Horsfall <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:07:46 +1000 (EST)
[ Swiss train becomes invisible if 256 axles are counted ]

I passed this along to a rail freak, and he replied that the train in
question would have to have over 60 wagons (4 axles each), plus the loco(s).
The sort of Swiss lines using axle counters would not encounter a freight
train this long, but nonetheless the bug is inexcusable, as the software
could well be exported.

Mike Hinchey Discusses "Evolving Critical Systems" (ACM learning Center webinar on Aug 2)

Werner <>
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:15:17 +0200
  To register for the next free ACM Learning Webinar
          "Evolving Critical Systems,"
   presented on Tuesday, August 2 at 12 pm ET
by Mike Hinchey, Director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

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or other functionality which it supports. Upgrades or changes to such
software are expensive and risky, primarily because the software has not
been designed and built for ease of change. Expertise, tools and
methodologies which support the design and implementation of software
systems that evolve without risk (of failure or loss of quality) are
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Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by
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(If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, register
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Note: You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile
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Presenter: Mike Hinchey,
  Director of Lero; Professor of Software Engineering, University of Limerick

Mike Hinchey is Director of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, a
national research center based in eight institutions and including all of
Ireland?s universities. Also Professor of Software Engineering at the
University of Limerick in Ireland, at various points Hinchey has held full
professor or visiting positions in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Japan,
Australia, and USA. Prior to joining Lero, Hinchey was Director of the NASA
Software Engineering Laboratory and was awarded the 2009 NASA Kerley Award
as Innovator of the Year. The holder of 26 patents, he is the author/editor
of more than 20 books and 200 papers on various aspects of Computer Science
and Software Engineering. Hinchey holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the
University of Limerick, an M.Sc. in Computation from the University of
Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He
is President-Elect of the International Federation for Information
Processing (IFIP) and Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of IEEE UK & Ireland

Moderator: Stephen Ibaraki, Chair, ACM Professional Development Committee

With a history of over 100 senior executive leadership roles, significant
global contributions, awards and recognitions, Stephen Ibaraki is an IDG IT
World (Canada) writer/blogger, multiple award winning serial entrepreneur
and executive board chairman. He's founding chairman of the Global Industry
Council (GIC), part of the United Nations (UNESCO) founded International
Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) IP3, board vice-chairman of the
IFIP International Professional Practice Partnership (IFIP IP3),
vice-chairman of the international steering committee and/or advisory board
IFIP CIE/CCIO World CIO Forum (2012 and 2014). In addition, Stephen advises
start-ups, global fortune companies, and governments on strategy and
technology; and has received numerous awards and accolades from high-tech
organizations and companies. He's a founding fellow of the Canadian
Information Processing Society (CIPS). Stephen is also very active with ACM,
as Chair of the Professional Development Committee and a member of the ACM
Practitioner Board.

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