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Apologies to all our readers who tried to visit The Register last night but found us absent -- our server was brought down briefly by a mass attempt to hack the site. Fortunately, the hackers, who made over 1000 attempts to break in, caused no real damage. Apparently, hackers were rallied to action against The Register through a hacking-oriented Web site, though it's not known whether the attempt was made to avenge one of the many computer companies we cover or was simply malicious. Still, it keeps our ISP on its toes, so we weren't entirely pissed off with our would-be cyber-invaders. However, as one of the IT news business' underdogs, we humbly suggest next time they pick on a larger target, one more worthy of their hackery skills. ZDNet perhaps. How about TechWeb (soon to be taken over by the mighty IDG, we hear), or maybe Intel-investee CNET? ®

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