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Internet is Coming Through the War With Flying Colors

Minor sites vandalized, and caution is urged, but Web is ‘healthy’ The Internet, which links millions of people and controls some key parts of the U.S. infrastructure, has suffered no damage during Operation Iraqi Freedom and isn’t threatened, officials said yesterday. But some minor Web sites have been vandalized, and both federal and private-sector experts urged computer users to use maximum caution in maintaining their machines to minimize the chances of a serious attack. The Internet, a network of networks that has no owner or manager, remains healthy and resilient, they said. “In periods of political tension, there’s normally an upsurge in cyberintrusions,” David Wray, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said in an interview yesterday. “But we have not seen that on the federal side at this point. We have not seen any increase in hacking or Web defacing activity on sites that are federal or are essential to the war effort or the infrastructure.” The Internet Health Report, a constantly updated, color-coded graphic that reflects any unusual delays within the Internet, was green all day yesterday. According to Keynote Systems Inc., the San Mateo, Calif., Internet-performance company that produces the online report, that means the Net is “healthy.” Full Story

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