The FBI warned that computer systems could be attacked during New Years Holiday 2001,
especially by Denial of Service attacks. In these attacks hackers flood a computer network
with hundreds of thousands of requests for data. Such a deluge can shut down a computer
system. As most warnings of the FBI this one did also not materialise.
The threat was traced to hostile governments as well as drug lords, criminal cartels and
computer savvy guerrilla groups.
Cyberblitzes that last February briefly knocked out major websites including
Yahoo's Internet gateway, eBay's auction service and Amazon.com retail site - could easily
be copied on a larger scale. The FBI even said that computer systems are an Achilles heel
In this way vital services of the rulers can indeed be disturbed. Indeed eBay was knocked
out but that happened a year later again (and longer) because of a technical failure in
some computers. Indeed the Yahoo site went down. But such interruptions damage a company
only slightly. Ordinary users of eBay and Yahoo as you and me are hurt more by such
These actions can be compared to a boycott of an other country that is installed by the
rulers. The masses are always hurt most. That is proven by the boycotts of South-Africa
and Iraq and will again be proven by the proposed boycott of the Taliban. The elitist
leaders of these despicable regimes live on as before, the poor masses lose even the few
benefits they had before.
To increase the effect of an action the target has to become more precise. I prefer
net actions that disturb the private life of only a few rulers above actions that hurt in
the first place the private life of many arbitrary common people.
By the way, the FBI proved to be wrong and probably only said something about possible
cyberactions to enhance her own importance. When the FBI is afraid of some activity, try
to attack where her vigilance is less. Act independent of the ideas of the rulers.
Joost van Steenis (January 31 2001)