July 7, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
On Saturday a distributed denial of service attack was launched against U.S. and South Korean government Web sites. According to published reports, the attack -- while not particularly sophisticated -- was very large and persistent. The U.S. FTC site went down, according to the Washington Post, and some sites were still experiencing problems today. According to a PandaLabs blog, the malware used to attack a long list of governent and financial sites is the Mydoom.HN.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.