How humans behave when faced with a disaster, natural or man-made,
can be exploited automatically by news-aware malicious software. We introduce
the idea of weather worms, worms that can automatically identify abnormal
events and their location, and target computers at that physical location.
Such worms could be used to take advantage of poorly-defended computers in a
disaster zone, and could even amplify the effects of a physical terrorist
attack. Defenses against weather worms require serious examination of policy
and presentation of information on the Internet.
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