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Russian Company Warns of Roron Virus; Irises, Voices Give Away Terrorists; Scholars Need for Secure Storage of Research Yields New Superarchive; College Copyright Cops Are Privacy Risk

Nov 07, 20023 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Russian Company Warns of Roron Virus

Yesterday Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Labs warned that a new virus could help hackers gain control of home computers, according to a report last night from CNet, but other security companies downplayed the threat. The new worm is called Roron or Oror.B. It can spread through e-mail messages, shared hard drives and the Kazaa file-sharing network, Kaspersky Labs spokesman Denis Zemkin said. Security company Symantec, however, said it will most likely rate Roron as only a two on its threat scale of five, said Sharon Ruckman, senior director of Symantec’s security response group. Irises, Voices Give Away this morning. “We’re trying to collect every biometric on every bad guy that we can,” quotes Lt. Col. Kathy De Bolt, deputy director of the Army battle lab at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where the biometric tools being used were developed. “Any place we go intoIraq or whereverwe’re going to start building a dossier on people of interest to intelligence. Even if they get released, we have face and voice clips. When they come into one of our checkpoints, we can say, ‘You’re this bad guy from here.'” For example, if a person catalogued and released in Afghanistan later turns up at a checkpoint in the Philippinesperhaps using a different identityofficials might begin investigating the suspect’s background and links to others.

The United States is compiling digital dossiers of the irises, fingerprints, faces and voices of terrorism suspects and using the information to track their movements and screen foreigners trying to enter the country, according to a story posted on

Scholars Need for Secure Storage of Research Yields New SuperarchiveTechnology Review. Ann Wolpert, director of libraries for the Institute, says that a few years before the project began, faculty started coming to the library and saying, I have this stuff on my Web site. I want it to be more secure than it is on my computer. Will you figure out how to take my digitally formatted materials? Technology Review describes Dspace as the result of a two-year collaboration of the MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard, built on open-source software and available to anyone free of charge. Many believe this groundbreaking effort will fundamentally change the way scholars disseminate their research findings. Among other challenges, the development team had to develop distinct levels of authorization so that a range of access privileges could make specific materials open to the general public or restricted to the Institute, or to an even smaller group.

In September MIT launched DSpace, a Web-based institutional repository where faculty and researchers can save their intellectual output and share it with their colleagues around the world and for centuries to come, according to a story in the December 2002

College Copyright Cops Are Privacy RiskReuters report last night. In response to requests from record labels and movie studios to crack down on student file-swapping, and as campus networks have sagged under the increased traffic, some schools have moved to block the peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa and Grokster that make file-swapping possible. In its letter, Reuters writes, EPIC acknowledged that schools should manage their bandwidth efficiently, but said that student privacy could be violated if network administrators comb through personal e-mails and Web-surfing logs to ferret out bootleg Britney Spears songs.

Civil-liberties group EPIC asked colleges and universities on Wednesday to refrain from monitoring students’ Internet use, even if administrators believe that students may be swapping copyrighted songs or movies, according to a