From: Otis Willie
Subject: Internet attack apparently fizzles after dramatic warning from FBI
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 19:11:43 EDT
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 23:11:43 GMT
Internet attack apparently fizzles after dramatic warning from FBI
(EXCERPT) Tue Aug 6, 6:04 PM ET, by TED BRIDIS, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - This Internet attack apparently fizzled.
The federal government said that early Tuesday it detected a series of
electronic attacks against U.S. Internet providers, launched hours
after the FBI ( news - web sites) alerted technology companies and
others of potential trouble.
The alert, sent out Monday evening and based on information from
Italian authorities, cited "credible but nonspecific information that
wide-scale hacker attacks" were planned against U.S. Web sites and
Internet providers, "possibly emanating from Western Europe," a U.S.
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"There was a real spike in Internet traffic at odd hours," said
Richard Clarke, the top official for cyber-security in President
George W. Bush ( news - web sites) administration's. "It was clearly
unusual because it was five times and seven times normal, but it
didn't take anything down."
One firm that monitors the health of the Internet, Matrix NetSystems
Inc., said it detected a 1 percent decrease in Internet accessibility
within hours of the attacks, and a small number of the 3,000 Internet
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