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InTheLoop | 12.10.2001

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees.

December 10, 2001

Reserve Your Spot at the CS Holiday - Last Day to Sign Up Is Wednesday, Dec. 12

If you're planning to attend this year's Computing Sciences Holiday
Party, you'll need to get your reservation in by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
12. The party will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Beckett's
Irish Pub & Restaurant, located at 2271 Shattuck Avenue (between
Bancroft and Kittredge) in downtown Berkeley. The cost is $5 per person
to help defray the costs. Guests are welcome. If you would like to
attend, please RSVP to CS Meeting Planner Yeen Mankin. Payment can be
made by either cash or check (payable Yeen Mankin). Please mail to
MS:50B-4230 or hand deliver to Yeen's office at 50B-2215D.

New Goner Virus Can Disable Antivirus and Security Applications

The Goner Virus (also called "W32.Goner" and "Pentagone") is the latest
malicious self-reproducing program to spread throughout the Internet. A
Visual Basic Script (VBS) implementation, this virus arrives as an
attachment that appears to be a screensaver (Goner.scr). Targeting only
Windows systems running Outlook clients, it spreads itself via e-mail
and ICQ instant messaging. The subject line of a message that contains
this virus is "Hi." If a user opens the attachment, Goner stops
antivirus and security applications and then deletes all files in the
folders that hold these applications. As if this is not enough, it also
installs a backdoor program that can be used to initiate
denial-of-service attacks against chat servers. Keeping your Windows
system's anti-virus software updated and refraining from opening strange
attachments or attachments sent by people you do not know are two of the
best ways to prevent infections by Goner. For more information visit:

Chuck Romine Now Acting Head of DOE's Applied Math Research Program

Chuck Romine has been named as the acting program manager for the
Applied Mathematical Sciences (AMS) base research program in DOE's
Mathematical, Information and Computational Sciences (MICS) Division.
Chuck will also retain his management responsibilities for the Applied
Mathematics Integrated Software Infrastructure Centers under the SciDAC

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dan Hitchcock for
managing the AMS research program over the past year," said Walt
Polansky, acting head of MICS. "Dan will return his full attention to
his duties as Senior Technical Advisor to the Office of Advanced
Scientific Computing Research."

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Area provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials, and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (CRD) conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

The DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.