Summary: More evidence and new stories told about how Microsoft Windows deficiencies lead to loss of life
LAST year we gave an example or two of cases where Windows means death, even literally. Our society depends heavily on technology, so defective technology can make a defective society and dysfunctional healthcare system.
Last week we wrote about a British hospital getting infected for using Windows and it was only one hospital among many whose operations got suspended due to Windows security problems. Examples include:
- Security Links: Another Hospital Falls Prey to Windows Spyware; Another Trojan and Botnet
- US Army Becomes Zombies Army; London Hospitals Still Ill (Windows Viruses)
- NHS Never Learns: Windows Viruses Leave British Patients to Die, Again
- How Many People Must Die Before Abandoning Windows?
- Utah Has Novell, SCO, and… Conficker in the Hospitals
- New Casualties of Microsoft Windows?
A new article from the Bangkok Post tells it like it is under the headline “When Windows can mean life or death”
In this case a doctor was using his home PC to remote-connect to his clinic at 4:15am to discuss a roadside accident scan with a surgeon. He selected “no” to the reboot message that popped up and Win 7 promptly rebooted, corrupting his medical software, and causing him to lose 15 critical minutes. The doctor now wants a non-Windows box to conduct future critical business.
This is, of course, a single example, but typically where there is one, there are many, and in this case the OS pretends to know more than the user and took control of the reboot even when told not to.
According to today’s reports about Windows Live, prolonged downtime may be related to a catastrophe, which is data being compromised on Microsoft’s own servers.
Microsoft’s online Windows Live estate was hit by a major server shutdown for about an hour yesterday, after some users of the service complained that they could see other people’s accounts.
This is also covered in:
- Microsoft Investigating Possible Breach Of Windows Live ID
- Windows Live ID Outage Blamed on Server
- Microsoft Explains Windows Live Outage as Downed Server
- Windows Live Mail Or Hotmail Outage Plagues Users On Tuesday
Some recent Microsoft downtimes lasted for over month and this is part of a troubling pattern. To make matters ever more scary, Microsoft strives to control health records right now. How many people must needlessly die before informed experts forcibly put an end to Microsoft’s exercise of bribery against the healthcare community [1, 2]? █