Cyberprotest of CNN called off (for now)

Chinese organizations say too much media attention has been placed on Saturday plans; they may attack the news organization's Web site at some point in the future.

Late Friday, leaders of the Revenge of the Flame called off a planned denial-of-service attack on CNN.com , according to The Dark Vistor, a Web site that follows Chinese computer hacker activity.

"Our original plan for 19 April has been canceled because too many people are aware of it, and the situation is chaotic," cyberprotest organizers said in a statement. "At an unspecified date in the near future, we will launch the attack. We ask that everyone remain ready."

However, early Saturday morning, a post on The Dark Vistor contained detailed plans for various Revenge of the Flame participants, as though the attack were continuing.

The original deadline of 8 p.m. Beijing time, 5 a.m. PT, passed without incident.

CNN reported on Friday that it had suffered some outages in Asia on Thursday. This appears to coincide with information from Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks.

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