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Government Tells Vigilantes Their 'Help' Isn't Necessary

GOVERNMENT officials have warned for some time that pro-Iraqi hackers might take aim at computers in the United States as international tensions rise. But now officials are also trying to discourage Americans who might be tempted to mount attacks on the computers and Web sites of Saddam Hussein’s supporters. The National Infrastructure Protection Center at the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory last week warning that hacking activity on both sides was likely to increase as the United States put more pressure on Iraq. It noted that all hacking is illegal and said the United States government “does not condone so-called ‘patriotic hacking’ on its behalf.” Bill Murray, a spokesman for the center, said it had yet to see any such activity. But he said the advisory grew out of the center’s experience with a hacker war that broke out in April 2001, when China held the crew of a United States surveillance plane after it collided with a Chinese fighter jet. With nationalistic feelings running high, hackers in the United States defaced and commandeered Web sites in China, and Chinese hackers retaliated. Full Story

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