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This is what Code Red looked like

Wow. Dig this totally beautiful graphic! It’s a graphic representation of how the Code Red computer virus spread throughout the Internet. Some geeks at the University of California pulled it together; it’s printed in the White House’s otherwise almost unreadably-dull “National Strategy To Secure Cyberspace” comment paper.

When I showed it to a friend on a discussion board, he asked: “Are you sure it’s not a lung getting emphysema?” Which is, of course, precisely the point: It’s the Internet getting emphysema.

(Side note: this graphic is so huge it is temporarily stretching the column size of my blog horizontally, but I’m kind of digging the look.)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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