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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: The headline shouted, "Hacker accused of using U.S. West computers on math problem." The Associated Press news report, dated Sept. 15 [1998], went on to describe how computer consultant Aaron Blosser of Lakewood, Colo., had enlisted 2,585 computers at the Denver-based telephone company to search for large prime numbers... What the article didn't say was that Blosser was participating in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) - a huge, collaborative effort involving more than 6,100 teams and individuals worldwide chasing after the record for the largest known prime number.

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