Although the U.S. government has yet to publicly identify suspects in Tuesday's terrorist
attacks on America, some hackers are already plotting counterstrikes against Islamic Web
sites, according to postings in Internet newsgroups. So far, the impact of the planned
retaliatory hacking has been limited.
The official Web site of the Presidential Palace of the Islamic State of Afghanistan was
unreachable today, after its address was published in several Internet newsgroups.
More than 22,700 tips have poured into the special Web site
set up by the FBI to manage leads in the investigation of Tuesday's terrorist attack against the World
Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, Attorney General John Ashcroft said today.
At a press briefing today, Ashcroft characterized many of the tips as useful to the investigation and
said the number of accomplices who may have assisted the estimated 18 hijackers is likely
A website thought to belong to the Afghan Mission to the United Nations
has been hacked twice in the last 24 hours.
Yesterday the site was defaced with a message reminding visitors that
there is £5 million bounty for Osama bin Laden.
A more recent defacement of Taleban.com reproduces an FBI fact file on
the United States' prime suspect for the atrocities
The Taleban.com Web site has been defaced with a poster entitled "FBI Ten Most Wanted
Fugitive", featuring a picture of Usama bin Laden. The hacker's message accuses the terrorist
leader of coordinating Tuesday's destruction in New York and Washington.
The Web site, which uses the name of the militant Islamic rulers in Kabul, appears to be registered by the Afghan
Taleban Mission to the United Nations. The Taleban has been closely linked to bin Laden's following of Muslim
extremists, and has given him refuge in Afghanistan.
Offers of cash have been flooding in from corporate America to help fund the relief efforts following Tuesday's terrorist attacks.Cisco General Electric and Microsoft are a few of the companies donating cash to the relief organisations and families affected by the disasters.
Bill Gates' software company has pledged $10m in cash and technical services. Half the money has been donated to the September 11th Fund set up by the United Way of New York City and New York Community Trust.