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|Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:54am|
This is from PCWorld Magazine.... I buy this magazine and get their emails all the time.
March 28th, 2003
As the war continues in Iraq, people are using technology to reach out
to the fighting men and women of the armed forces. Numerous "morale
centers" are set up at staging areas near the war zone, allowing
soldiers to check their personal e-mail as well as receive messages
With most standard mail delivery shut down due to anthrax worries, the
numerous organizations that traditionally facilitate communications
between the troops and concerned citizens have moved online.
For example, Operation Dear Abby--originally set up to deliver letters
for any service member during the Vietnam War--is now on the Internet.
Anyone can send a 1000-word message to a specific branch of the
services, free of charge.
The Internet may not be playing a purely benevolent role in this war.
According to some security experts, soldiers may also being using the
Internet to send computer viruses, worms, and electronic "pulses"
towards Iraq's computer networks.
Cyber warriors could be doing everything from shutting down utility
grids to stopping or intercepting communications to jamming radar. Or
they may not be doing anything. Nobody seems to know for sure; and
it's unclear whether it would be wise for the United States to begin
down that road at all.
For more on the various Web sites and services set up to let people
contact the troops digitally, to find out more about the possible U.S.
cyber war, and to read other technology-related stories about the
conflict, visit these links.
Don't hurt to stay informed.......Janet