[ISN] Ohio State University computers crippled by e-bomb

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Date: Wed Jan 15 2003 - 23:13:09 PST

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    January 15, 2003
    COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio State University computers were clogged for 
    several days last month after someone sent an electronic bomb of 11 
    million e-mail messages into the system, officials said. 
    The sheer volume crippled Internet access and delayed the distribution 
    of e-mail for several days. 
    Fortunately, the bomb came while students were on winter break. But 
    for some graduate students trying to line up work after graduation, 
    the delay came at a bad time because they were expecting job-related 
    The content of the messages, which never made it to inboxes, isn't 
    being released because university police believe they know who was 
    responsible and are attempting to prosecute. 
    Campus police Chief Ronald Michalec said on Monday that possible 
    charges for Internet crimes include illegal tampering with records, 
    theft, unauthorized use of a computer system and vandalism. 
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