Internet Worm Targets Microsoft Windows; Report Suggests Overhaul of Terror Warning System; Photo Message Plan to Save Lives

Internet Worm Targets Microsoft Windows

A story in todays Washington Post reports on a fast-spreading Internet worm detected Monday afternoon is infecting thousands of computers worldwide and is expected to cause headaches for business and home users running the Microsoft Windows operating system. According to the Post, the worm, called Blaster or San, takes advantage of a vulnerability discovered three weeks ago that affects nearly all recent versions of Windows. Once a computer is infected, the worm installs instructions for attacking the Microsoft Update Web site

the same site that users are encouraged to go to for downloading patches that would protect their systems from this worm and others. The worm then scans the Internet for other vulnerable computers. It instructs infected computers to assault the Microsoft Update servers continuously after 12 a.m., August 16, which would prevent users from being ale to access the service. The attack comes after weeks of warnings from Microsoft, security experts and the Department of Homeland Security that hackers were actively exploiting a Windows flaw to take control of vulnerable systems.Report Suggests Overhaul of Terror Warning story posted last night, a new report prepared for Congress says the color-coded national terrorism warning system is too vague, lacks specific protective measures for law enforcement and costs an extraordinary amount to be implemented. The report, which was compiled by the Congressional Research Service and released last week, says the federal government should consider offering better guidance to state and local law enforcement about protective measures that should be taken when the warning system is raised. In addition, the report encourages Congress to consider having federal agencies coordinate and update the eight existing federal warning systems, which provide information about potentially catastrophic events, ranging from severe weather to terrorist attacks, but which are not interoperable.

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Photo Message Plan to Save LivesBBC story today, 14 Fire and Rescue Services officers in the Scottish region of Fife have been given photo messaging mobile phones to trial the service. They will be able to send images of injuries to doctors by mobile phone before patients reach hospital. Correct treatment in the early stages is vital, Lorna McLeod, a consultant at Queen Margaret Hospital, told the BBC. "Actually seeing these images beforehand allows us to assess how serious an accident is and how high an impact it probably has had on a victim," she said.

U.K. firefighters are testing an emergency photo messaging scheme to help save more lives. According to a

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