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Cornell University Infected by Widespread Bot

Over 1,000 Windows computers at Cornell University fell prey to an extensive "bot" infection, according to an announcement made by the Cornell Information Technologies Security Office on October 24, 2008 via an e-mail alert that was issued throughout the University.

According to Manager of Security Engineering at the CIT security office, Wyman Miles, there was no change observed by the user in any of the infected computers, as reported by the Cornell daily Sun on October 27, 2008. Miles also said that the absence of evidence was possibly a deliberate ruse by the attackers to hide an infection over as long a time period.

Security specialists said that the new bot epidemic hitting Cornell is being spread solely through detachable hard drives like USB sticks, cameras...

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