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[UPDATE]Cyber-terror attack canceled for lack of interest Aug. 27th, 2004 07:36 am
Media warnings of a looming "Internet Terrorist Attack," supposedly planned for today, have proven unfounded. As usual, Islamic "suicide hackers" failed to report for duty.

(See http://Vmyths.com/mm/ads/Vmyths/oif/trendle.jpg for background info on "suicide hackers.")

In our previous Hysteria Alert, Vmyths said it asked Kaspersky Labs to comment on the "threat" of an Islamic cyber-attack predicted for today. We promised to publish their response as soon as we got it. Founder Eugene Kaspersky quickly responded to our inquiry. Visit http://Vmyths.com/hoax.cfm?id=281&page=3#EKreply01 for his verbatim reply. We assumed Kaspersky Labs was quoted out of context to some extent, and their email to Vmyths reinforced our belief. This media event looks like a "worst-case scenario briefing" gone awry.

Some computer security websites went so far as to ridicule the notion of a looming cyber-terror attack. These sites used a coordinated "self-defacement campaign" as a humorous way to get their points across. A list of SELF-defaced websites includes:
http://www.attrition.org
http://www.infowarrior.org
http://www.reznor.com
http://www.treachery.net
Vmyths applauds these sites for their sense of humor.

Vmyths made three initial predictions in our previous Hysteria Alert. First, we said news outlets around the world would report the "Internet Terrorist Attack" prediction without question. Second, we said a few news outlets would acknowledge the prediction flopped today. Third, we said the media would dump the story tomorrow as a non-event. Prediction #2 came true and we fully expect the same for prediction #3.

Prediction #1 proved correct, although not in the magnitude we implied. Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, and other major western newswires displayed a healthy dose of journalistic common sense. Vmyths has forged relationships with computer security reporters over the years and we feel our previous Hysteria Alert destroyed the sensationalism of the "Internet Terrorist Attack" story. But we cannot objectively demonstrate the value of our Hysteria Alerts. As such, Vmyths must acknowledge prediction #1 did not come true in the magnitude we implied.

The day is still young, but please don't bet on an Islamic cyber-attack today. Stay calm. Stay reasoned. And stay tuned to Vmyths.

Rob Rosenberger, editor
http://Vmyths.com
Rob@Vmyths.com
(319) 646-2800

CATEGORY: Dire predictions of a cyber-war or cyber-terrorism

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From: kelemvor
Date: August 27th, 2004 - 08:26 am (Link)
What is required to be a suicide hacker? *Thinks* Really hard keystrokes that break the keyboard and get you electrocuted?

snort

From: webcowgirl
Date: August 27th, 2004 - 04:50 pm (Link)
Suicide hackers. They must be lauching highly infectious viruses that TAKE OUT THEIR OWN MACHINES! bwah hah hah hah hah

Re: snort

From: wechsler
Date: August 27th, 2004 - 04:54 pm (Link)
Or in more technical parlance, "Installing SP2".