VOL. LIV, NO. 49
California State University, Long Beach November 24 , 2003


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. News  

Dorm residents suffer from computer viruses

By Marina Hernandez
Daily Forty-Niner

Since the beginning of the semester, dorm residents have had on-and-off Internet connection primarily due to the congestion caused by computer worms and the numerous users connected to an outdated network.

Stan Olin, director of housing, said they are doing the best they can to get the problem fixed. Housing and network staff has been working around the clock to resolve the problem. Seven dorm residents are included in this team. They aid in tracking down infected computers and are responsible for ensuring students have access to the network.

More than 200 infected computers have been identified. Housing notified students through voicemail and other means that anti-virus software is available in the hall offices. Depending on the hardware the student has, the software takes less than 30 minutes to remove the worms.

Elson Browne, assistant director of housing, is finding that students are “not taking advantage of free resources.” On the contrary, a freshman who requested anonymity said she tried installing the software but found it incompatible with Microsoft Windows XP. She said she now considers the situation “a lost cause.”

Although the Welchia and Blaster worms have been mostly contained on campus, there are still ailing computers in the dorms because of the time it takes to track down an infected computer.

An identity number, the IP address, is used to track down the infected computer from a general area to a specific building, floor and room. However, the tracking process is disrupted whenever a computer is turned off, thus starting the process all over. On the other hand, if a computer was left on all day it would take about an hour to an hour and a half to track down.

Students who have successfully installed the anti-virus software are still unable to log onto the Internet due to the traffic caused by infected computers and other users. According to Stan Olin there are 1,962 dorm residents and approximately 98 percent are using the Internet. This traffic combined with the worms’ traffic is too much for the 1996 network to accommodate for.

This problem may be affecting some students more so than others. For instance, senior Jamaal Brown has not had Internet access for the past three weeks while his roommate’s access has been fairly consistent.
The inconsistent Internet connection is causing various inconveniences. Students are now forced out of the comfort of their dorms and into the crowded computer labs located in the Horn Center and University Library. Faun Moun, lab consultant, said the number of users in the lab during this time of the semester is usually high. Depending on the number of students using the lab, one can wait anywhere from five to 20 minutes for a computer.

The entire campus is in the process of switching to a new network, however, the dormitories were not included in the first phase of the process. The housing department said it was planning to upgrade sooner or later but due to the urgency, it is pushing for a complete upgrade by next semester.



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