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Date: 2001-05-21 05:32:24

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Morning Fred: Here is your sort of first laugher for the day.  I worked as a
consultant to State-AID on the " Mahawelli-Ganga River Project in 1981. We
were asked to write a systems model that would simulate just about
everything major that affected Ski Lanka.

As few of AID's grey head had decided, along with the govt of Sri Lanka
that, given the horrendous overcrowing in there capitol , Columbo, that over
a 30 year time person, they could forceably move over 1 Million peasants
from Columbo, into what was then an arid wasteland.  The deal was as
follows: they would simply divert this giant river-the Mahawelli-Ganga- into
this desert thereby creating a lovely agricultural wonderland.    The
biggest problems, is that these folks used wood to cook with and do nearly
everything.  We were actualy asked to estimate the cost of creating tree
growth areas, of course, protected by armed guards.

Then some even more senseless "bright person" decided their economy was
crashing at a faster pace, and asked us to re-calculate this all for FIVE
years.  I was one of the two primary briefers and when they asked about the
five year time line, my fillings nearly fell out.

In the end, it turned out that we were the fifth firm that had in on the
deal.  They were quite clearly looking for the answer they wanted, but it
simply was not going to happen. Near to the end of the project, we found out
some weapons sales were involved.  A good time was not had by all.
A few years later, I became a pal of the President's son, Sajith, who was a
cool yong man.  Sadly, however, his Dad was assisinated in an official
ceremony.  Standard suicide bomber and Tamil Tiger from the North East
They recognized Saj's Dad body by the rings on one arm.
That is the ultimate definition of a shit day at the office.
Have a good day,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Cohen" <fc@all.net>
To: "Information Warfare Mailing List" <iwar@onelist.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2001 10:52 AM
Subject: [iwar] news

> 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."
> http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-5961595.html
> http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/165828.html
> http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5083078,00.html
> http://www.cnn.com/2001/TECH/internet/05/17/sri.lanka.worm.idg/index.html
> 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.
> http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/000650.htm
> 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.
> http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-5965326.html
> 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.
> http://www.siliconvalley.com/docs/news/tech/037790.htm
> [FC - 17 year old results published by 'real scientists' make the big
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