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■ Parasites

Mydoom spreads

The Mydoom Internet worm has infected more than 1 million computers worldwide since it was first detected on Jan. 26, making it the fastest spreading worm attack ever, a Finnish computer firm said Sunday. "We estimate the total number of infected computers to be over 1 million," the anti-virus firm F-Secure said. "Of those, only the computers that have been rebooted [or infected] today are actually attacking. "This is the biggest single Distributed Denial of Service attack ever," the company said in a statement, using the computer term that means users get an error message when calling up a specific Web site. The worm paralyzed the Web site of the American software firm SCO on Sunday.

■ Japan

Man detained for espionage

Prosecutors in Japan detained a Japanese man yesterday in response to an American request that he be handed over to face industrial espionage charges in the US, media reported. Takashi Okamoto, 43, a former researcher at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, was charged in May 2001 with conspiracy, economic espionage and interstate shipment of stolen property related to Alzheimer's disease research. Tokyo prosecutors took Okamoto into custody after receiving an order from Justice Minister Daizo Nozawa to investigate the case, Kyodo News Agency reported. The prosecutors will decide whether to take the matter to the Tokyo High Court, which would rule whether he should be extradited.

■ Semiconductors

Sony to develop new chips

Sony Corp, the world's second-largest consumer-electronics maker, will spend ?120 billion (US$1.1 billion) to make next-generation system large-scale integrated circuits at three plants, as part of its plans to start making "cell" chips sometime in the latter half of 2005. Tokyo-based Sony, and its game and chip unit, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, will spend 31 billion yen on Toshiba Corp.'s existing chip-making plant in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, southern island of Japan. Total spending by the Sony group on the Toshiba plant will be ?42 billion, Sony and Sony Computer Entertainment said in a statement.

■ Data Protection

New technology launched

Intel Corp, Nokia Oyj, Samsung Electronics Co and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co will license data-protection technology for cellphones and other mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site. The four companies will announce tomorrow they are forming a nonprofit group to license and oversee the use of digital-rights management technology, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the plans. The technology is supplied by an organization called Open Mobile Alliance, the newspaper said. The companies want to address concerns of providers of digital content such as songs and video, who are reluctant to make their products available for downloading on cellphones because they are worried about unauthorized file sharing, the Journal reported. The initiative to form the group came from Nokia, the largest maker of mobile phones, the newspaper said, citing the unidentified people.

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