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Alien watchers who came together over the Web to search for extraterrestrial life may be disappointed to learn that the site co-ordinating the experiment has been hacked. Then again, they may not -- since this may be just the proof they were looking for in their quest to discover whether or not we are alone. For they may interpret this -- along with crop circles and other such unexplained phenomena -- as proof that ET does exist. For them the publication of a picture of furry TV puppet Alf (which stands for Alien Life Form) on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home (SETI@home) Web site, could well be a sign that other beings are trying to get in contact with Earth. Then again, it might just be a childish prank by someone out to have a laugh. Either way a message on the SETI@home Web site confirmed that the site was vandalised and a picture of the TV puppet creature Alf was published in its place. "Someone broke into our Web server and replaced our home page with a picture of Alf," read a statement from the alien watchers. "This understandably caused concern about the security of our FTP servers. These are highly protected, but we will double-check our security mechanisms." SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). ®

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