A big LOL for FBI alert

Thursday, 8 August 2002, 9:58 AM EST

In a Chicken Little-like incident that flew under virtually every computer security experts' radar, the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center bravely predicted and monitored a ferocious cyberattack Tuesday morning on U.S. computer systems, launched by an army of European enemy hackers.

Never mind that no independent Internet traffic monitoring service or security expert had even noticed that any sort of cyberattack had occurred.

The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center warned of the impending widescale hacker attacks in an alert issued on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, according to wire reports, Richard Clarke -- the Bush administration's top official for cyber-security -- said, "There was a real spike in Internet traffic at odd hours. It was clearly unusual because it was five-times and seven-times normal, but it didn't take anything down."

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