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May 17, 2001

"Mawanella" worm sends political message Hundreds of companies worldwide
have fallen prey to another mass-mailing worm created by the virus
toolkit that unleashed the AnnaKournikova worm, antivirus companies said
Thursday.  Called Mawanella--the name of a Sri Lankan village--the worm
carries a Sri Lankan political message, but does no real damage besides
clogging networks with e-mail.  The worm has mainly affected companies
in Australia and Europe, said Vincent Gullotto, director of the
antivirus emergency response team at security company Network
Associates.  "We got lots of reports coming in throughout Europe within
a two or three-hour period," he said.  "While it's blasted Europe, it's
been spotty in the U.S."

Pentagon says it is under daily computer attack Unidentified hackers
have been trying to break into Defense Department computer networks in a
constant push to disrupt U.S.  military forces, the Pentagon's chief
information officer said Thursday.  ``DoD is probed on a daily basis by
those who are trying, or planning to disrupt our nation's military
capabilities,'' acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Linton Wells told
a House Armed Services subcommittee.  Last year, attackers pierced
unclassified Defense Department networks 215 times, up slightly from
1999, but classified systems remained inviolate, said Army Maj.  Gen. 
David Bryan, commander of the military's recently renamed joint task
force for computer network operations. 

Professor warns of threat to free speech Edward Felten, the Princeton
University professor who was muzzled from giving a speech about cracking
digital watermarks, warned Thursday that if it happened to him, it could
happen to you.  Speaking in a packed Stanford University lecture hall,
Felten said he thinks he will eventually win the rights to publish his
work, which so far has been quashed by the entertainment industry.  "The
music industry was seeking control over what we could write in our
paper," Felten said.  "That's a dangerous precedent." The Secure Digital
Music Initiative (SDMI)--a group working to protect digital mater asking
participants to try to break some watermark technology it was
considering using.

Scientists see parallels in computer, biological viruses Scientists
studying how diseases spread believe there are many parallels between
computer viruses and biological ones, enough so that when doctors want
to know how AIDS engulfed a village in Africa, they may do well to look
to their computers.  Contrary to the idea that computer viruses
immediately explode into a pandemic, the scientists found that the
infection rate starts out very slowly among a small group of friends or
a single company.  A computer virus can ``exhibit clique behavior, with
pairs of connected individuals sharing many common neighbors, reducing
the opportunities for secondary infection events,'' scientists Alun
Lloyd and Robert May write in Thursday's edition of the journal Science. 
[FC - 17 year old results published by 'real scientists' make the big time.]


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