The Internet is a world of its own, and some people who live in it are building unseen empires of master computers that can subvert, suborn and enslave other computers without their owners ever being aware of it.
These Genghis Khans of cyberspace have governments and the military worried because they are capable of using their armies of slave computers to attack government and civilian computer networks.
But now, scientists and students at Monterey, California's Naval Postgraduate School have developed a new defense -- the Therminator.
An electronic empire-builder shut down the eBay and Yahoo online networks last year by launching a denial-of-service attack, said John McEachen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the naval school.
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