Instant Messages To Israel Warned Of WTC Attack


Instant Messages To Israel Warned Of WTC Attack



By Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes



NEW YORK, NEW YORK, U.S.A., 27 Sep 2001



http://technews.com/cgi-bin/udt/im.display.printable?client.id=newsbytes&story.id=170583



 Officials at instant-messaging firm Odigo confirmed today that two

employees received text messages warning of an attack on the World 

Trade

Center two hours before terrorists crashed planes into the New York

landmarks.



Citing a pending investigation by law enforcement, the company declined 

to

reveal the exact contents of the message or to identify the sender.



But Alex Diamandis, vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed 

that

workers in Odigo's research and development and international sales 

office

in Israel received a warning from another Odigo user approximately two

hours prior to the first attack.



Diamandis said the sender of the instant message was not personally 

known

to the Odigo employees. Even though the company usually protects the

privacy of users, the employees recorded the Internet protocol address 

of

the message's sender to facilitate his or her identification.



Soon after the terrorist attacks on New York, the Odigo employees 

notified

their management, who contacted Israeli security services. In turn, the

FBI was informed of the instant message warning. FBI officials were not

immediately available for comment today.



The Odigo service includes a feature called People Finder that allows

users to seek out and contact others based on certain interests or

demographics. Diamandis said it was possible that the attack warning 

was

broadcast to other Odigo members, but the company has not received 

reports

of other recipients of the message.



In addition to operating its own messaging service network, Odigo has

licensed its technology to over 100 service providers, portals, 

wireless

carriers, and corporations, according to the company.



Odigo is online at http://www.odigo.com .



Reported by Newsbytes, http://www.newsbytes.com .





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