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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 30, 2001
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a nuisance among the University community.
"It didn't become a big problem until the 23rd, and
that big problem is not in the University, it is out in the
world," said University Team Leader for Data Recovery
and Virus Control Bruce Burrell. "We've seen (SirCam)
coming into the University. ... We have seen some infec-
tions but in the grand scheme of things, we've only seen
a few. I might need more than my fingers to count
Since it was discovered, the University has sent out
emergency announcements on the Telnet login screen
and has updated its virus-scan program to destroy the
Besides sending out private documents, the virus
could cause documents and files to be destroyed. Anti-
virus officials determined that the virus is timed to hit
some PC computers with European day/month/year set-
tings on October 16.
Nationally, the Wall Street Journal Online reported
the virus spread private FBI documents to outsiders
The FBI reported that the information sent out was
not sensitive or classified.
It is still unknown where the virus originated from or
why it was created, but rumors and theories are running
"There are 58,000 viruses in the world and probably
58,000 reasons for the viruses," Burrell said. "It's entire-

ly possible that the person who wrote it didn't want it to
spread. But typically viruses don't get to choose when
they succeed and when they don't. They have to get
lucky. This one got lucky."
There is also evidence that the virus came from Mexi-
co or another Spanish-speaking country. There is a ver-
sion of SirCam circulating in Spanish, and if the virus is
unable to find the victim's e-mail address, it will send
itself out from several different Mexican addresses, such
as prodigy.net.ix.
Burrell said he agreed the creator of the virus is prob-
ably not English. "The language in English is a little bit
clunky so one would guess that it's not a native English
speaker," he said.
Burrell said the best way to avoid receiving the virus
is to be cautious.
"Never open unsolicited attachments, not even when
they come from people you know and trust," he said.
"Unless that person who sent itsis one of the world's top
virus experts, it could be infected."
Although awareness of the virus is spreading, Internet
users should not expect it to go away any time soon.
"I think it's going to be around for a fairly good
while," Burrell said, "but the virus has some things
about it that mean it will be easy to trace where it's com-
ing from - who the victims are. It's someone who prob-
ably doesn't realize or someone who's frantically trying
to get rid of it."
Students whose computers are infected with the virus
should visit the University's SirCam website at
Continued from Page 1
lower levels.
Recently appointed to his position
within the department's Office of Ele-
mentary and Secondary Education by
President Bush, Johnson went on to
describe strategies for improvement
within the nation's schools.
He encouraged the 350 educators
gathered at the Michigan League ball-
room last night to not look at Title I as
a program. Title I, according to the
Education Department, provides grants
to schools in order to "improve the
teaching and learning of children who
are at risk of not meeting challenging
academic standards and who reside in
areas with high concentrations of chil-
dren from low-income families." John-
son stressed that it be seen as a
"resource" to "improve teaching tech-
Johnson often stressed educators have
to realize that change is possible.
He remembered visiting schools
which did not even realize they were
successful schools.
"We were letting them know that
these were successes,' he said.
Johnson also emphasized the impor-
tance of using research to formulate bet-
ter teaching techniques.
"We've got to fall in love with data,"
he said.
When many in the audience respond-
ed with a considerable amount of laugh-
ter, he added, "For some of us, we have
to get acquainted with data."
He said whereas teachers used to
teach. and hope their students learned
the material, successful schools have
learned to verify the teaching was suc-
"We're not done until we know that
the knowledge and skills are owned by
our students," he said.
Prof. Steven Stahl of the University
of Georgia's Department of Reading
Education, said he liked Johnson's
f M speech.
It was inspiring, at the same time it
had a lot of thought-provoking aspects,'
he said.

Six-year-old Matthew Haarer picks blueberries at the Dexter Blueberry
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