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Yahoo!/Reuters: U.S. warns of possible New Year's computer blitzes

Dec 30, 2000, 21:12 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wolf)

"Computer users should take extra precautions to avoid possible cyberattacks over New Year's weekend, U.S. law enforcement authorities have warned."

"Citing FBI investigations and other information, the National Infrastructure Protection Center said Thursday in an advisory note on its Web site that distributed denial-of-service attacks "could occur over the holiday."

"In such an event, one or more hackers break into unprotected computers, which are then commandeered to join in sending huge amounts of data to swamp a target Web site and render it inoperable."

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