Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 25, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Computer worm called real threat’
By Karkn Middleton
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If you’ve never heard the words “Confieker” or “Downadup," wait a few hours.
They’re rapidly becoming household words for personal computer owners.
Various major newspapers and television news shows reported Friday morning that the latest computer worm might now infect as many as 10 million computers worldwide.
According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the worm is so virulent because it seems to “mutate" and launch “brute force attacks” that relentlessly try thousands of letter and number combinations in codes to steal personal passwords and login information.
Because most computer users choose passwords that they can remember easily, the words might also be something the worm can guess easily. Once in control of a computer the worm can launch spam, phishing attacks, shut down the Internet with massive traffic or access bank records.
According to F-Secure, an antivirus software company, the Confieker worm is spreading at a rate of 1 million new machines a day. It can be spread by USB stick also.
F-Secure has updated its Downadup
See Worm, page 3A
Nominate your choice for Top 25 Over 55
We all know someone who has devoted his or her time to make this community a better place to live. Whether through volunteer efforts, public serv ice or civic duty, countless people have changed liv es by giving time, sharing ideas or solving problems.
The News Courier will feature these people in a special section in Februaiy called Top 25 Over 55.
We are seeking nominations from the community.
Use the form on page 2B of today’s edition and mail to Top 25 Over 55, The News Courier, 410 W. Green St., Athens, Ala., 35611, or e-mail the information requested on the form to Kelly Kazek at keUy a athensnevvs-courier.com. Nomi nations must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 30
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Builder: Tests ‘no problem’
Mandatory radon testing for new homes would add costs
By Karen Middleton ka ren @a t It ens news -co uri er. coin The head of the Athens-Limestone Homebuilders Association said his group of builders would haye no problem in adjusting to mandatory radon testing or the
added cost it might entail for new construction.
The city of Athens could follow the lead of surrounding cities and implement mandatory radon testing for new structures.
Radon, which is produced by the natural decaying of uranium in the soil, is blamed for 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the U.S. According to the Alabama Coopera-
tive Extension System, of those Limestone County homes that have been tested, 11 percent tested positive for radon.
“I do know that in the real estate world and private home inspections, radon inspections go hand-in-hand,” said Homebuilders President Glenn Parks.
Engineer Brent Meadows with the Pub-
See Radon, page 3A
“He was a good person with a big heart. He was called ‘a gentle giant’ because of his stature and his sweet nature.”
County basketball tournament wraps up
See which teams came out on top
SPORTS, PAGE IB
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What's the new president's plan?
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Benefit show, auction set for teen who lost mother, home in Dec. fire
How to go
Event: Benefit show for teen who lost his mother and home in fire Where: West Limestone High School old gym
When: 6 p.m. Saturday Admission: $5 donation requested Features: Musical groups, baked goods and silent auction
By Jean Cole [email protected]
A benefit show filled with good music, baked goods and a silent auction will be held Jan. 31 for the Limestone County teenager who survived a house fire that killed his mother, 41-year-old Princess McCurry.
See Benefit, page 3A
Visitor from Rwanda
Anna Kayisinga will, visit Friendship Church to speak about missions.
LIFESTYLES, PAGE 9A
State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, presents a flag that flew over the state capitol to JamesTurner, father of Pfc. Ricky Lee Turner, during the memorial service Saturday in Elkmont.
Friends, family share stories of fallen soldier at memorial
By Karen Middleton
Mike Webster read a card from the dead soldier’s high school biology teacher and it brought gentle laughter at the end of a memorial service honoring Pfc. Ricky Lee Turner.
Emily Clem wrote in her condolences to Turner’s family that he had been a pleasure to teach.
“I will always remember when we took a nature walk behind the school and he fell in the creek,” she wrote. “He had to wear an old pair of sweat pants the rest of the day because his clothes were all wet.”
It was a little personal touch coming after Webster’s eulogy and offi-
See Soldier, page 3A
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Dorothy Turner, the paternal grandmother of Pfc. Turner, clutches a Bible, flag, proclamations and tributes presented to the family during the memorial service.
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