RE: 9/11 - Odigo says workers were warned of attack
Thu Apr 8, 2004 02:02
Odigo says workers were warned of attack
By Yuval Dror
Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received
messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the
attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and
American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original
sender of the message predicting the attack.
Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages
and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which
immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI.
"I have no idea why the message was sent to these two workers, who don't know
the sender. It may just have been someone who was joking and turned out they
accidentally got it right. And I don't know if our information was useful in any
of the arrests the FBI has made," said Macover. Odigo is a U.S.-based company
whose headquarters are in New York, with offices in Herzliya.
As an instant messaging service, Odigo users are not limited to sending messages
only to people on their "buddy" list, as is the case with ICQ, the other
well-known Israeli instant messaging application.
Odigo usually zealously protects the privacy of its registered users, said
Macover, but in this case the company took the initiative to provide the law
enforcement services with the originating Internet Presence address of the
message, so the FBI could track down the Internet Service Provider, and the
actual sender of the original message.
Odigo - instant messenger
Odigo is an instant messenger that provides a large user community of existing
Odigo users, as well as compatibility with other popular messengers such as AIM,
MSN and ICQ. This allows you to stay in touch with all your friends, regardless
of which (supported) Instant Messenger they are using, and also take part in the
Odigo community. Odigo offers all the features of an IM client as well as email
notification options, plug-in support, skin support, statistics, multi-user
chat, web page monitoring and more.
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