[IWAR] The Light Fantastic

From: Dan S (danat_private)
Date: Thu Jan 22 1998 - 05:06:42 PST

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    >From U.S. News, http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/971229/29WHIS.HTM
    The light fantastic
    U.S. information warfare experts say there are no technological hurdles to
    developing a weapon--deliverable by computer, television, or film--that
    would produce effects similar to the epileptic-like spasms experienced last
    week by more than 700 Japanese TV viewers. The victims, mostly children,
    convulsed while watching a popular cartoon show. The episodes occurred
    during a five-second scene in which flashing red lights emanated from a
    character's eyes. Bright flashes of light have triggered epileptic-like
    seizures in the past. Military use of light is being explored. The Pentagon
    has looked into the effects of strobe lights as a nonlethal weapon, and
    Russia has supposedly developed a computer virus called "666" that displays
    certain light combinations on a computer screen in order to affect bodily

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