No mass attacks on the Net in wake of NIPC warning

Large-scale cyberattacks against U.S. targets failed to materialize last week, despite a warning from the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center.

'From what we've seen, nothing is out of the ordinary,' said Marty Lindner, incident-handling team leader at the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University. But, he added, 'The NIPC report is very vague, and without knowing what the attack is, it's hard to say if it is happening or not.'

NIPC reported that on Aug. 5 it received 'credible but nonspecific information that wide-scale hacker attacks against U.S. Web sites and Internet providers' were planned for that night, possibly from Western Europe.

An unidentified White House source was quoted as saying there had been reports of unusually high traffic to some providers the next day, but Internet observers could not confirm it.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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