FBI hit with denial-of-service attack

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation's Web site was the target of a denial-of-service attack February 18 that lasted several hours but didn't affect the agency's other operations, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

"It was just another denial-of-service attack - we had two," said Debra Weierman, an FBI spokeswoman, adding that the other attack occurred last spring.

The recent attack on the FBI's site followed similar attacks early this month on commercial sites such as eBay, Yahoo and others. The FBI responded to the spate of attacks by issuing an advisory on how to protect against such incidents.

According to Weierman, FBI officials responded to the attack on their own site by working with their Internet service provider, IBM, to combat the problem. Although traffic to the site was slowed for "several hours," the attack did no other damage, Weierman said.

The Web site is "not hooked into the mainframe, so it had no effect on day-to-day operations," she said.

The attack is still under investigation, and Weierman wouldn't speculate about why the FBI site was targeted.

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