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Internet Disruption Limited in Early Days of War

The war in Iraq has sparked a predictable flurry of politically charged Web site defacements but so far not the threatened, concerted effort by cyberwarriors to clog the Internet or take down network infrastructure. A number of sites have been defaced with messages opposing and backing the military action but only three known computer worms, all based on previously identified vulnerabilities, mention the military action in Iraq. The Finnish computer security company F-Secure Corp. reported more than 200 site defacements in the 48 hours before the U.S. attacks began. On Friday, the company said 1,000 additional sites had been vandalized, many with anti-war messages and some with anti-Iraq slogans. Among the defacements were a minor Web-based e-mail site run by the U.S. Navy and a U.S. Department of Agriculture page, which sported the “Make Love, Not War” slogan from a previous war. Other defaced sites included those from the British industrial firm Routeco and the city of Pacifica, Calif. The attacks do not emanate from any particular region, F-Secure said. Full Story

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