■ Parasites \nMydoom spreads \nThe 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. \n■ Japan \nMan detained for espionage \nProsecutors 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. \n■ Semiconductors \nSony to develop new chips \nSony 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. \n■ Data Protection \nNew technology launched \nIntel 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.
SCHEDULE: The delegation is due to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen this morning and witness the signing of an MOU on bilateral health cooperation in the afternoon US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar yesterday arrived in Taipei aboard a US government plane at the head of a delegation that is the highest-level visit by a US official since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. Azar’s flight landed at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 4:48pm, nearly one hour earlier than scheduled, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The apron where it landed is reserved for military aircraft, the Songshan Air Force Base Command said. The members of Azar’s delegation included HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, HHS Chief of Staff Brian
CHINESE FIGHTERS: Beijing marked the US Cabinet member’s visit by briefly sending two warplanes across the median line of the Taiwan Strait yesterday morning President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday met with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in the highest-level official meeting between the two nations since 1979. “It is a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from [US] President [Donald] Trump to Taiwan,” Azar said during the open portion of his courtesy call to the Presidential Office, which was streamed live online before Tsai and Azar held a closed-door meeting. “Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent,
‘CROSS-STRAIT CONSIDERATIONS’: Groups said that the Ministry of Education’s policies excluded Chinese and students should not be blocked over political issues The Taiwan International Student Movement yesterday said it would protest today outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei against a policy that excludes some Chinese students from returning to Taiwan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since June 17, the ministry has allowed foreign students from 19 “low risk” and “medium-low risk” countries and regions to enter Taiwan. On July 22, it announced that it was relaxing restrictions to include students from all countries and regions who are graduating this semester and on Wednesday it further expanded entry to students enrolled in degree programs. A letter sent by the ministry on Wednesday to universities did
PARTNERSHIP AND LEARNING: A Princeton University health policy researcher said that the nation would be a ‘treasure trove’ of information for the US health chief US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Friday said he wants to learn about Taiwan’s “incredibly effective” response to COVID-19, even though the nation did things that the US has fumbled, such as having a unified strategy and citizens willing to wear masks. Azar leads a US delegation arriving today for a three-day visit to Taiwan. They are to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and health system leaders, and Azar is to give a speech to public health graduates. “The message of this trip is about Taiwan,” Azar said in an interview, deflecting a question about China.