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[News] [Rival] Planes Taken Off the Sky Because of Microsoft Windows Viruses

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Planes grounded by 'Microsoft virus'

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| I am not sure whom the French military is attacking these days. (I am told 
| that relations with British tourists are much improved.) 
| But this morning I happened upon peculiar information while accidentally 
| scanning the French paper Liberation. 



NASA confirms Windows virus reached outer space:

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| Ah, Microsoft, but let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and 
| breadth and height my soul can reach. And you can't reach a whole lot 
| higher than the International Space Station (ISS), which NASA this week 
| revealed had a few extra astronauts on board last month - a Windows Virus 
| known as Gammima.AG. 
| This virus, which affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 
| Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP machines, was first 
| detected on Earth in August last year before heading off on its 
| unexpected journey into space. Gammima AG is widely used to steal log-in 
| data for online games in the Far East, the BBC reports. And the virus was 
| carried to the station on laptops infected by the virus.
| Gets better: "Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had 
| travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were 
| infected."
| Probably because the machines on the Space Station are running an 
| insecure operating system, known as Windows, we reckon.
| Space news website SpaceRef broke the story about the virus on the 
| laptops that astronauts took to the ISS.
| Oh -  and it's possible that some of us Earth-dwellers could have been 
| infected by a computer virus sent from space: "The laptops infected with 
| the virus were used to run nutritional programs and let the astronauts 
| periodically send e-mail back to Earth," says the BBC. And the laptops 
| used by astronauts don't have anti-virus software installed. 

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