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Hackers say they crashed WEF Web site

by Nikola Strahija on February 3rd, 2002 The Web site of the World Economic Forum crashed Friday and cyber-activists said they took it down in a "virtual sit-in." Forum officials said they were trying to determine what brought the site down. They originally attributed the failure to "overuse" but messages posted on a Web site called took credit for the crash.

"We hope the site goes back up soon."

McLean said technicians were struggling Friday to restore the site, which carries the forum's news releases and other information at

Co-ordinating a cyber attack requires minimal sophistication and the tools are readily available on the Internet.

Last year, computer hackers stole credit-card details and other personal information for hundreds of World Economic Forum participants off the Internet, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and others.

McLean said security experts patched security holes in the organization's servers after last year's breaches.

The flood of Internet traffic to the Web site at began on Thursday afternoon, the first day of a five-day conference, and continued through Friday, with only intermittent let-up, a conference organizer said.

``What we do know is that too many hits on our Web site are shutting it down,'' spokesman Charles McLean told a briefing for reporters attending the summit on Friday.

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