Washington, D.C. - History has repeated itself as the failed terror
attack in Detroit has shown eerie similarities to the security failures
leading up to 9/11. Like the Phoenix e-mail memo warning of the 9/11
terrorists flight training was ignored, so to was an e-mail about the
Nigerian suspect in the terror plot. However this time the failure was
the FBI's spam filter, not human failure.Alhaji Umar Mutallab, former Chairman of Nigeria's First Bank PLC and
father of the suspect, had warned authorities of his son's religious
behavior. The information was being passes along by e-mail and got
caught up in the SPAM system.
"Our spam blocker saw several
signs that this was a 419 or "Nigerian Prince" scam. It included
information purporting to come from a Nigerian banker warning of a destabilizing incident likely to occur," FBI systems administrator Al Dolcene said.
FBI will officially review it's spam filtering and see if similar
intelligence breakdowns could be prevented in the future. FBI spokesman
Jan Nadeen said that a preliminary review has shown several other
problems that FBI was not aware of.
"The FBI, in searching other
filtered messages, has found information from our banks showing that
due to system upgrades, our accounts could be at risk and we should
send along our passwords so they can be maintained, as well as
information claiming our computers could be at risk and a free scan
could correct the problems. We have our technicians working with the
e-mail senders as we speak," Nadeen said.
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Source: The Spoof.com