Sunday, 15 December 2013

WOMBAT - Worldwide Observatory of Malicious Behaviors and Attack Threats

Animal acronyms are always popular and today we have another WOMBAT - Worldwide Observatory of Malicious Behaviors and Attack Threats. This is an EU project, so unlike the last WOMBAT, there is no Aussie connection.

I am not sure whether wombats (which have cubic poo, by the way) are particularly malicious or threatening, although the Wikipedia entry does note:

“Humans who accidentally find themselves in a fray with a wombat may find it best to scale a tree until the animal calms and leaves. Humans can receive puncture wounds from wombat claws, as well as bites. Startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over, with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall.”

As they are herbivores, I think that such attacks are likely only when they feel threatened. The link becomes even more tenuous when you realise that the attacks concerning WOMBAT are cyberattacks:

“The WOMBAT project aims at providing new means to understand the existing and emerging threats that are targeting the Internet economy and the net citizens.”

I run a bioinformatics lab in Australia but I am yet to encounter any coding marsupials, so I am rating this one a definite ad hoc.

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