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''HEY, A, '' YOU RARE, COYOTE,  WHERE DO YOU RECKON YOUR MOTHER HIDES  ALL  HER MONEY?'' inquired Christopher in the Convent's cricket field, during the recess.

'No idea,' I countered. 'But, why do you ask?'

''That would give us a head start on these Nuns. Women think alike. And when you do get on to that exercise, make notes. Miss nothing,'' he marshalled. 

And with that,  I began tracking and snooping my mother's every move. 

And to my utter delight and amusement,.......found-discovered, that my mother hid her cash all over the house: Jars, mattresses, behind books, tea-pots, laundry rack, even under the orange tree/

My father  being a famous doctor-surgeon, a cash laden river flowed through the house. So, my notes swelled, and Christopher added to that, by spying out his British mother's cash havens.

''Good morning, Mother Anne,'' I would beam, at my hypocritical best,  alighting from the old, wretched, rickety, government owned school bus, -still drowsy from my late night exercises.

And with a wink and nod from buddy, Christopher, we would walk heavy footed to the horrid class and boring lessons, and strict teachers.

STUXNET, Duqu,..........and then, Flame..................

The list of  malicious programs suspected  being the   ''handiwork''   of governments is getting longer by the slow trailing months.

A new book by David Sanger  of the  New York Times says that Stuxnet is part of a broad and secretive effort by  America  to use  ''cyber-weapons''  against Iran.

Security researchers have found clues that suggest  Duqu  and  Flame may have their roots in the same initiative.

The fuss over  Mr Sanger's  book has triggered  an inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation  (FBI), a bout of mudslinging in America and called for an:

''International Treaty''  to ban computer warfare altogether.

The  FBI's gumshoes  are trying to find out who disclosed details of  Olympic Games, the codeword for the ambitious initiative to develop  cyber-weapons such as Stuxnet:

The software,  which American programmers  are said to have cooked up in conjunction with Israeli ones,  went on to disrupt the operation of hundreds of centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear site.

That comes as no surprise to computer security veterans, who had assumed that America  and  Israel  were behind  Stuxnet  as well as  Duqu  and  Flame, which appear to-

Have been used to spy on  Iranian scientists  and government  officials.

Flame,  for instance,  transmits everything  from   *screen shots*   to audio conversations  back to its  shadowy masters. 

At the time, some Republican politicians, such as John McCain, a senator, would fret that sensitive details of  America's cyber-weapons were being leaked  in order to beef up President Obama's reputation on security matters during the presidential campaign.

A charge that a White House spokesman went on to call  ''grossly irresponsible''.

Computer-security experts,  such as  Eugene Kaspersky,  the Russian boss of Kaspersky Lab,  have used the debate over  Stuxnet as  a chance to renew calls for governments to negotiate a ban on developing  cyber-weapons.

Mr Kaspersky,  whose company uncovered the  Flame code,  has called computer viruses manufactured and released by nation states-

''The most dangerous innovation of this century''.

Meanwhile,  Google has also been grappling with how to deal with cyber-attacks.

On June 5th,  2012, the Internet giant said said it would start issuing  online warnings to users whose accounts or computers are targeted by what it believes to be state-sponsored assaults.

***When it comes to cyber-security, it pays to be paranoid***.

So, Mariam, Rabo, Dee, Saima, Hussain,  Hyder, Faizan, Vishnu/India, Ashfaq, Shahzaib, Professor Iqbal/ Afghanistan, get cracking  -on working out updated, security measures. 

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on  !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Seek and Destroy'''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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