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Rumsfeld Will Apologize to Congress; Tape of 911 Air Traffic Controllers Destroyed; American Lawyer Arrested in Madrid Bombing; Phishing Attacks Hit 30 Million

May 07, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Rumsfeld Will Apologize to Congress

The Boston Herald reports that amid calls for his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld drafted an apology today for not keeping Congress informed about abuses of Iraqi prisoners in U.S. custody, defense officials said. According to the Herald, Rumsfeld is also expected to call for formation of an independent commission to look into the abuses and how the Defense Department handled them.Tape of 911 Air Traffic Controllers DestroyedThe New York Times reports that at least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, made a tape recording a few hours later describing the events, but the tape was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it. According to the report, the taping began before noon on Sept. 11 at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., where about 16 people met in a basement conference room known as the Bat Cave and passed around a microphone, each recalling his or her version of the events of a few hours earlier.American Lawyer Arrested in Madrid Bombing

The Boston Globe reports that FBI agents arrested a Portland Oregon attorney yesterday as part of the investigation into the deadly train bombings in Spain. According to the story, the arrest is the first known in the United States with connections to the March 11 bombings in Madrid.

Phishing Attacks Hit 30 MillionInfoworld reports that a new study by research firm Gartner Inc. found that the number of online scams known as “phishing attacks” has spiked in the last year and that online consumers are frequently tricked into divulging sensitive information to criminals. According to the report, as many as 30 million adults have experienced a phishing attack and that 1.78 million adults could have fallen victim to the scams.