Hackers inspired by Iraq war

Tuesday, 27 May 2003, 12:48 PM EST

The war in Iraq appears to have prompted a jump in the number of attacks disrupting internet sites to record levels.

In the first five months of the year there have been 86,644 attacks, nearly as many as the whole of 2002.

The statistics are compiled by a company called MI2G, which count the number of attacks that successively disrupt a website all over the world.

The United States bore the brunt of attacks, followed by Germany and then the United Kingdom.

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