June 17, 2008

PROTECTION OF COMPUTER NETWORK

Scientists may have found a new way to combat the most dangerous form of computer virus. The method automatically detects within minutes when an Internet worm has infected a computer network. Network administrators can then isolate infected machines and hold them in quarantine for repairs.

Ness Shroff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Networking and Communications at Ohio State University, and his colleagues describe their strategy in the current issue of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

They discovered how to contain the most virulent kind of worm: the kind that scans the Internet randomly, looking for vulnerable hosts to infect. "These worms spread very quickly," Shroff said. "They flood the Net with junk traffic, and at their most benign, they overload computer networks and shut them down."

Code Red was a random scanning worm, and it caused .6 billion in lost productivity to businesses worldwide in 2001. Even worse, Shroff said, the worm blocked network traffic to important physical facilities such as subway stations and 911 call centers.

"Code Red infected more than 350,000 machines in less than 14 hours. We wanted to find a way to catch infections in their earliest stages, before they get that far," Shroff said.

The key, they found, is for software to monitor the number of scans that machines on a network send out. When a machine starts sending out too many scans -- a sign that it has been infected -- administrators should take it off line and check it for viruses.



Always remember that we must apply research information in our activities for us to enjoy science.- Nena E. Mallari





PANGANAY NA ANAK NI ZUBIRI
TANING KO

Ni Ruben E. Taningco



Noong huling araw ng sesyon ng Senado noong nakaraang Miyerkoles, masayang iniulat ni Senador Juan Miguel ay humiling ng pagkakataong makapagsalita upang iulat na ang kanyang maybahay ay hagsilang na ng isang malusog na sanggol na babae, pagkatapos ay naglambing sa kanyang mga kasamahang senador, bilang Chairman of the Committee on Cooperative, na pagtibayin na ang binalangkas niyang susog sa Cooperative Code of the Philippines, upang di-umano ay ihandog niya sa pagdating ng kanyang panganay na anak.

Subali’t ng si Majority Floorleader Francis Pangilinan ay magpapahayag na ng mosyon upang pagbotohan na ang panukalang batas, ay tumayo si Senador Noynoy Aquino, upang imungkahing isagawa ang botohan matapos na maihanda ang final copy of the proposed law, dahil sa mahirap naman umanong pagtibayin ang isang panukalang batas na hindi pa nila nababasa ang aktwal na nilalaman nito, bagama’t wala siyang pagtutol na ito ay pagtibayin bilang pasalubong sa kaunaunahang anak ni Senador Zubiri, na katulad niya ay first termer bilang senador.

Matapos na mapagtimbangtimbang ang pahayag ni Kiko Pangilinan, sumang-ayon na rin sa Zubiri, ang mambabatas mula sa Bukidnon, na ang maybahay ay kamag-anakan ni Senador Aquilino Pimentel, na ipagpaliban ang botohan upang sana ay mapagtibay ng Senado ang kaunaunahang batas na kanyang inakda bilang senador. Gayon pa, ipinagpatuloy niya ang pagpapadala ng text messages sa mga kaibigan na nagsasaad ng sumusunod: : “My wonderful wife just gave birth to a beautiful girl, Adriana, [who weighs] 7 lbs and 8 ounces. I now have a family! Thank you for all your prayers.” .


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