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SCI/TECH: Internet Meltdown Predicted for Tomorrow (8/26)

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posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 02:51 PM
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It is expected that tomorrow (8/26), a group of "cyber-terrorists" will try to shut down a large chunk of the Internet. Their main targets are the United States and Western Europe. This conclusion was made by a Russian computer security expert.
 



www.theinquirer.net
Aleksandr Gostev from Kaspersky Labs was speaking at a conference hosted by Russian Information Agency Novosti. The cyber terrorists main targets will be the US and Western Europe, he said.

Gostev said that the information on the attack could be found on "specialist web sites" although at the time of going to press the INQ couldnt find them.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


This is a very scary thought. Just knowing that a certain group of people can shut down a gigantic source of imformation and communications is just terrible to think of. I hope that nothing bad comes out of this. I just hope that nothing happens at all.

I mean, a teenager NEEDS their daily Internet feeding, chatting on AIM with friends, looking up movie times... :

I hope this does not come to pass. It would also be a burden upon large-scale companies who use the Net to video conference and things like that.

Let's pray this does not happen.

Related News Links:
it.slashdot.org
www.eweek.com
www.mosnews.com

[edit on 8-25-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 02:56 PM
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www.abovetopsecret.com...

I didn't submit this as a news article because it's pretty speculative and there's been no warnings from government channels. I just recently received an e-mail from the open disclosure newsgroup about this.

[edit on 8/25/2004 by titian]



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 02:58 PM
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Well, it will be interesting to watch for, but somehow, I think if anything, there will just be a slowdown. Most of the web attacks have had little effect on my web surfing.

[edit on 04/8/25 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 04:43 PM
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When the chatter stops! Terror on the net. Internet Jihad a possibility.


 



www.eweek.com
Concerns Mount over Major Web Strike

A coordinated online strike against Internet servers by terrorists, dubbed "electronic jihad," may or may not strike this week, security experts said. One security researcher in Moscow warned that Thursday would be the day in question.



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[edit on 25-8-2004 by evecasino]

[edit on 8-25-2004 by Valhall]



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 04:45 PM
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i cant really imagine the terrorist hacking all kinds of websites. This was the worst news tho to let leak. Just think how many skipt kiddies and quasi hackers will strike tomarrow under teh cover of a terrorist attact. Upgrade ur virus protection tonight and update ur systems. Dern wish i had a MAC



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 04:54 PM
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Are MACs considered safe?



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 04:58 PM
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I hope so!!!

Sanc'.


SMR

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:00 PM
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Set up linux and learn it folks!
As to the story......I cant seem to find anything on any tech sites that would have such news.So does this mean there is no real threat or that this is something going unheard?
I have checked Hardwaregeeks.com - Neowin.net - g4techtv.com - nothing on any of those sites that I can see.
I will keep checking though.
As always though,,,,KEEP ALERT and dont open attatchments!
Do virus checks and even when going to unknown sites,,,check for virus and spyware.



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:01 PM
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Already covered here for views. And, as the "attack" seems to be directed to the Internet per se, I doubt any computers will be safe ie it is the infrastructure that is being threratened, not the operating system...



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:03 PM
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Oh no should we all run and hide.. Your gonna hurt my PC...... sorry I just dont buy it, 15 year old hacks are smarter than the muslem desert terrorists.


SMR

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:19 PM
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Oh no! My Pokmon site is in danger!
Although it is said 'internet' you still have to be careful as some sites may have scripts that harbor into your PC and thus work from there.
Even if it is a rumor,you should ALWAYS protect yourself on the net one way or another.
This has happened before with the net being interupted and sites/hosts getting 'bombed' so to speak.



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:20 PM
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*yawn*

Nothing will happen.



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:24 PM
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Perhaps this thread needs to be renamed. Terror and hacking aren't even in the same ballpark. It doesn't kill people and it doesn't strike fear in people. It just pisses off system administrators :-)


SMR

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:27 PM
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Originally posted by Indy
It doesn't kill people and it doesn't strike fear in people. It just pisses off system administrators :-)




posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:31 PM
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So.........
how many ATSers will be paranoid enought to not log on or unplug their PCs tomorrow

Do ya think there will be a lot less traffice here, guys?



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:37 PM
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well, I"ll be working tomorrow, so my computer will be up and running, however just to be on the safe side, I'm shutting down my home pc when I go to bed tonight...

I really don't think that anything will happen... guess we'll just have to wait and see



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:40 PM
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If that happens it will be horrible no ats. *run around crying* If the internet goes down alot of bad things could happen anything running using the internet in some way won't work.


[edit on 25-8-2004 by cpr12r]



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:40 PM
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We started discussing this one this morning here: www.abovetopsecret.com... I still have yet to find compelling evidence to lead me to concern. To reiterate, home PCs are not the target per se. If your computer is already infected with whatever payload could be used in a DDOS attack, you're already exploited. It's the infrastructure that's supposedly at risk here; but as I mentioned this morning, Kerpensky labs won't reveal their sources.



posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:45 PM
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Very Interesting. I hope it happens.


SMR

posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 05:55 PM
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Originally posted by Cyberstryder
Very Interesting. I hope it happens.

HUH



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