Security briefs

FBI Closes Los Alamos Hard-Drive Case

The FBI last week ended a seven-month criminal investigation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that looked into the temporary disappearance of two computer hard drives containing nuclear weapons secrets. It was unable to determine responsibility for the disappearance and found no evidence that the classified information contained on the hard drives had been compromised. The drives were missing for 11 days last June but were later found behind a photocopier.

Linux Worm Spreads

An Internet worm called Ramen is spreading across Linux-based servers running Durham, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc.'s version of the open-source operating system. It hasn't caused much damage yet, but some observers said they're worried that the self-replicating program -- which advises recipients in e-mail to "eat your Ramen," referring to the noodle soup -- could ultimately cause damage to Web sites and home pages.

Possible China Link In Microsoft Break-in

New evidence has emerged that the QAZ worm reportedly used to break into Microsoft Corp.'s networks in October communicated with an e-mail account in China. Microsoft hasn't confirmed that the QAZ worm was even involved in the network intrusion, which was discovered in October and reported to the FBI. But a report issued by security consulting firm LogiKeep Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, said QAZ communicated with an e-mail account in Beijing.

'Mafiaboy' Pleads Guilty

The teen-age computer hacker known as Mafiaboy pleaded guilty last week to 55 of 66 counts of mischief in connection with last year's denial-of-service attacks that crippled several major Web sites. The attack brought down the Web sites of, Yahoo Inc., Inc., eBay Inc. and others last February. The boy had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This story, "Security briefs" was originally published by Computerworld.

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