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Web Users Clog U.S., British Military Sites

Several government Web sites in the United States and United Kingdom have been caught off-guard by traffic spikes spurred by the looming attack on Iraq and worries about a rise in terrorist attacks. “Some of the major government sites are having a very difficult time … the government hasn’t necessarily experienced this before,” said Eric Siegel, principal Internet Consultant at Silicon Valley’s Keynote Systems Inc. KEYN.O , a Web performance management and testing company that tracks top sites. “The U.S. Army home page is continuing to have severe problems,” Siegel said. That site, at www.army.mil, is taking about 80 seconds to load and only 7 of 10 people who attempt to connect to it are successful. The problems started on Monday and have continued to worsen as time has passed, Siegel said. Web users have also had a harder time getting to the U.S. Marine Corps’ official Web site at www.usmc.mil. Half of the U.K. residents trying to connect with the Home Office’s site for terrorism information and advice — www.homeoffice.gov.uk/terrorism/ — during peak day-time hours failed to get through. Full Story

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