Search Warrants Issued in Investigation of CNN.com HackingAired February 11, 2000 - 12:04 p.m. ET
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FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: Some significant movement, it would seem, today in the investigation into this week's hacker attacks against some of the best-known sites on the Internet. They paralyzed some Internet businesses, kept consumers from logging on and sent ripples of concern through this huge new sector of the U.S. economy.
CNN justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has the latest now on this fast-breaking story -- Pierre.
PIERRE THOMAS, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Frank, CNN has learned the FBI is zeroing in on undisclosed locations in California and Oregon as they attempt to unravel a widespread hacking attack on popular Web sites. According to sources familiar with the investigation, the FBI is hoping to obtain computers that it believes were used in an attack on CNN.com.
The FBI's planned actions comes after investigators discovered the computer system at the University of California at Santa Barbara was used in the attack against CNN.com. CNN.com was one of the several major Web sites hit in cyber-attacks, this week. Other attacks include Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon.com. Sources declined to identify the owners of the computers that it is targeted. While those owners may emerge as suspects, sources point out that their computers might have been programmed without their knowledge. Still, the belief is that these computers may have been used to direct commands at high- capacity computers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Those high-capacity computers, in turn, flooded and affected the Web site, blocking out messages for customers trying to use CNN.com.
SESNO: All right, so let's get this straight. What their -- what the investigators appear be going after are both -- looking at, are both the high-capacity computer systems that sent out these millions of messages and perhaps individual computers that triggered that?
THOMAS: Absolutely. What we have here is that the University of California at Santa Barbara, computers there sent out millions of messages which flooded the CNN.com Web site. What they are focusing on now are remote locations in California and Oregon which directed those computers at the university to put out those attacks.
SESNO: Now, you mentioned the CNN.com, but there are these other sites that were hacked into and disrupted as well. What about the investigation into those? THOMAS: Those investigations are proceeding, but, again, this information is specific to CNN.com. We're told that they are moving ahead on Yahoo!, eBay and other investigations, but again, each one of these things is being separated out and investigated individually.
SESNO: All right, Pierre Thomas, thanks very much, following the story.
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