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Anti-war Protests Spread to Cyberspace

Anti-war protests that have blocked city streets in the Bay Area and around the globe during the first days of war have spilled into cyberspace, blocking Internet traffic, defacing government Web sites and bogging down some e-mail and Web transactions worldwide, security experts say. Computer workers around the world scrambled Friday to scrub and scrape clean more than 1,000 Web sites defaced with war-related “graffiti” since the bombing began. Most of the attacks have come from self-proclaimed anti-war and pro-Islamic groups, but pranksters and hackers of all sorts appear to be timing cyber attacks with the start of war. A French hacking group, for example, plastered the city of Pacifica’s home page with “ugly American” messages this week, city officials said. The Web site was wiped clean within an hour. Department of Homeland Security officials, who are monitoring the attacks, say the cyber disruptions have not compromised any government operations and have been mostly a nuisance. Full Story

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