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Schools to make model Net, then break it

The National Science Foundation, working with the Department of Homeland Security, has granted $5.46 million to two California universities to develop a cyberwar test bed aimed at bettering Internet security, the universities announced on Wednesday. Called the Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) network, the digital model for the study of online attacks will be built by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the Los Angeles-based University of Southern California. “One of the challenges of creating effective defense programs for attacks from viruses and worms is that they are only tested in moderate-sized private research facilities or through computer simulations that are not representative of the way the Internet works in reality,” Shankar Sastry, the UC Berkeley professor that will head the project, said in a statement. Full Story

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