BYU researchers’ bugs “infect” hundreds of campus computers

December 6, 2001

Whenever a student leaves a workstation in one of Brigham Young University’s campus computer labs, an innocuous screen saver appears, giving the machine the illusion of idleness. In fact, the computer’s processors rev up, transforming it into a component of a virtual supercomputer that is struggling to solve a problem so complex that it has more possible answers than there are electrons in the universe.