Get ready to see your local justice system spirited away over the next few years, thanks to a flaw in a brave new computer imaging system that Miami-Dade County is using to scan and file court records. "The SPIRIT system is not adequately secured or protected to ensure the reliability and accuracy of record keeping and judges' rulings," eight senior programmers who maintain the system wrote in a May 28 e-mail sent to three county judges, the county manager, and the Miami-Dade mayor. "Records can be easily tampered with practically by anyone working in this system without any reliable audit trail." The fatal flaw: SPIRIT requires everyone using it to enter the exact same ID and password to access the image database. In their memo, the eight programmers, who are all county employees, said their bosses, who are private consultants, had ignored their security... More >>>