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[FYI] CIA Agency Funding Software Development


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Web Security, Privacy Are Goals of CIA Effort
Agency Funding Software Development  

By Vernon Loeb  

Washington Post Staff Writer  

Wednesday, February 16, 2000; Page A21  

The Central Intelligence Agency's new venture capital fund, In-Q-Tel, 
has entered into a $3 million contract with Science Applications 
International Corp. (SAIC) for development of software designed to 
protect Web sites against "denial of service" attacks and to make 
computer addresses invisible to "sniffer" programs.  

In-Q-Tel announced its venture with SAIC last week as hackers 
commandeered hundreds, if not thousands, of computers and launched 
just such attacks, flooding Yahoo, Amazon, Excite and other major 
companies on the Web with traffic that temporarily shut down their 


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