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Suspected Poison Found in Senate; Teenager Sentenced for Computer Hacking; Microsoft Dodges MyDoom Onslaught; Surveillance Camera Apparently Records Abduction

Feb 03, 20043 mins
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Suspected Poison Found in Senate

According to a Reuters report this morning, police say a white powder found in a U.S. Senate office building yesterday was shown in early tests to be the deadly poison ricin. A federal law enforcement official said definitive testing results from the Army’s Fort Detrick were expected this afternoon. Congressional testimony by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was canceled on Monday as some Senate buildings were closed, Pentagon officials said. Some other hearings were also put off. Reuters says there was no immediate indication who was behind this incident. Also on Monday a suspicious powder was found at a postal facility in Wallingford, Conn., where anthrax spores were found in the 2001 anthrax-mailings, which killed five people in different parts of the eastern United States. Teenager Sentenced for Computer HackingBBC News Online report today, 19-year-old Joseph McElroy admitted he took advantage of a flaw in the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratorys authentication system and used the company’s network bandwidth to download and store hundreds of gigabytes of copyrighted film and music files. Judge Andrew Goymer decided against sending McElroy behind bars as he had not accessed classified material on the network and had not intended to cause harm.

A London teenager has been sentenced in British court to 200 hours of community service for hacking into the computer system of a U.S. physics research lab. According to a

Microsoft Dodges MyDoom OnslaughtThe Seattle Times, a variant of the MyDoom worm (MyDoom.B) is programmed to attack Microsoft’s main website today, but anti-virus experts say the new version is badly written and has not circulated enough to cause much damage. MyDoom.A shut down software company CSOs website through a denial-of-service attack. According to the BBC, the software giant’s technical resources, bugs in Mydoom.B and the limited spread of the virus all helped to cut damage to a minimum.

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Surveillance Camera Apparently Records, an 11-year-old girl was walking home from a friend’s house Sunday evening in Sarasota, Fla., when a surveillance camera at a car wash showed a white man in his late 20s or early 30s approach her, speak to her for a few seconds, grab her by the arm and lead her away. She has not been seen or heard from since, and an Amber Alert was issued Monday. Evie’s Car Wash was closed at 6:20 p.m. Sunday when its surveillance camera caught the man approach Carlie Brucia. The car wash’s owner checked the tape Monday and found the images, which he shared with the sheriffs office.

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