The Internet gets attacked by various forms of viruses and worms with some regularity. Some of these attacks have been quite sophisticated and have caused a great deal of nuisance in recent months. The effects following the Sobig.F virus are still very much being felt as I write this. Tom Chen gives us an overview of the trends surrounding viruses and worms.
Closely related to the virus attacks is spam . Unfortunately, I know of no complete technical, or even legal, solutions to this growing problem, but I would love to hear your views and solutions. Send your comments to: email@example.com, but don't use the string "spam" in the subject field or it may get filtered out!
Following Geoff Huston's opinion piece "The Myth of IPv6" in our previous issue, we received a response from The IPv6 Forum. The article is entitled "IPv6 Behind the Wall" and is by Jim Bound.
I was very pleased to hear that professor Peter T. Kirstein of University College London had been awarded the Internet Society's Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for 2003. I have known Peter since about 1977, when we collaborated on SATNET packet voice conferences between Oslo, London, Boston, and Marina del Rey. Peter is truly an Internet pioneer. (See "Fragments").
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