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Sircam Virus Continues to Spread, Lab's Viruswall Blocking Hundreds of Infected Messages Daily

A virus/worm called Sircam continues to propagate among Windows computers across the Internet. The LBNL e-mail viruswall usually blocks about 350 viruses a month. On one recent day, the viruswall blocked 484 incoming Sircam viruses. When the viruswall blocks an infected message, it cleans the files and notifies the intended recipient of this action.
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Internet Still Seeing Code Red -- Lab's Computer Protection Program Offers Info to Help Beat the Worm

The Lab's Computer Protection Program has information about the Code Red worm on its Web site. The posting provides information on how to protect your server, what to do if your server becomes infected and a general description of the worm, which first emerged in mid-July and spread faster than any other worm in recent Internet history. The worm continues to be active with the Lab recording thousands of attempted infections each day, and there's also now a new variant that's more malicious.
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Lab's Linux Users Group Sept. 4 Meeting to Feature Speakers from Red Hat Corp.

The next meeting of the Lab's Linux Users Group will be Tuesday, September 4, in Perseverance Hall. The meeting room will open at 11:30 a.m. The agenda includes three speakers from Red Hat.
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Tip of the Month: How to Reduce the Cybersecurity Threat to Your Windows-Based Computer

Here's a cybersecurity suggestion from Gene Schultz, a member of the Lab's Computer Protection Program and author of "Windows NT/2000 Network Security." The best protection is to turn off the file sharing option on your computer. Many LBNL Windows 95 and 98 users have unprotected shares even though they do not really need to share their computer's drives with anyone else. From a security viewpoint this means that there is more likelihood that your system can be easily attacked by hackers, worms and other sources.
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Attention Windows/SAMBA PC Users Who Connect to LBNL Computers from Home

To help protect LBNL Windows systems from Internet attacks, some of the incoming network traffic into LBLnet -- traffic destined for ports 137 and 138 - has been blocked at the entrance to LBLnet. Only Windows and SAMBA users who use a PC to remotely connect to shares from home or other remote locations may possibly be affected. Onsite (local) access will not be affected in any way. More information (including what to do if your remote access is interrupted) is available online.


And Don't Forget to Protect Your Home Computer System When It Comes to Cybersecurity

According to the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie-Mellon University, there has been a significant increase in the number of home computers being compromised. In many cases, these machines are then used by intruders to launch attacks against other organizations.
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New, More Powerful Desktop Computers for Scientific Computing Now Available

Several months ago, the Computing Infrastructure Support Department (CIS) asked researchers for their suggestions on a standard desktop system with more computing power than the standard PCs. Based on input from scientists, CIS ran tests comparing an AMD Athlon processor-based machine to the Lab's current Intel-based standard computers using a benchmark tool called "PerformanceTest" by PassMark Software. As a result, CIS is recommending the Athlon systems for scientific customers who can benefit from significantly higher performance.
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New Support Vendor Expected to Improve Maintenance, Repairs for HP Printers

Berkeley Lab has chosen Microtech International (MTI) as the new vendor to provide servicing of Hewlett Packard printers. MTI has certified HP technicians and can do warranty repairs at no charge -- HP pays for the labor and parts for printers under warranty. MTI also provides all the parts for the work, eliminating one of the primary bottlenecks in servicing printers in the past (previously, the Mac/PC Support Group had to do all the parts ordering). MTI also stocks common parts for HP printers, so the mean time to repair should decrease next year.
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