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Linux saves Aussie electrical grid
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| QUICK THINKING open sourcerers might have saved an Australian
| power supply system after its electrical grid control room
| network got infected with a virus.
| A Windows virus hit the networks of Intergral Energy and,
| according to a submission to Slashdot, the virus managed to
| spread to the operator display consoles in the control room.
| Quick thinking techies in the control systems department of the
| utility swapped the infected Windows boxes for machines running
| Linux that they were using for development.
| The move prevented the virus from taking over all the operator
| displays in the control room.
ISPs asked to cut off malware-infected PCs
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| The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has drafted a new code of conduct
| that suggests Internet Service Providers (ISPs) contact, and in some cases
| disconnect, customers that have malware-infected computers.
| The drafted code, which will not be mandatory, suggested ISPs take a four-
| step approach to protecting customers.
| Identification of compromised computers
| Contact affected customer
| Provision of information and advice to fix the compromised system; and
| A reporting function for alerting about serious scale threats, such as those, | that may threaten national security.
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