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Feds: Chinese Hack Attacks Likely

Chinese hacker groups are planning attacks on U.S.- and U.K.-based Web sites to protest the war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert that it unintentionally posted on a government Web site today. The hackers are planning “distributed denial-of-service” attacks, which render Web sites and networks unusable by flooding them with massive amounts of traffic. They also are planning to deface selected Web sites, according to the alert, though the government said it did not know when the attacks would occur. The Homeland Security Department said it got the information by monitoring an online meeting that the hackers held last weekend to coordinate the attacks. The department sent the alert to government and industry officials over the weekend, but accidentally posted the link this morning on the homepage of the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). The alert was pulled early this afternoon. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Wray said the information was not supposed to be released to the public. “This was an inadvertent release and the information — while not classified — is sensitive,” he said. Full Story

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