Israelis workers gave WTC warnings

July 1, 1993

Israelis workers gave WTC warnings

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

The Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, reports that Odigo, a U.S.-based instant messaging service with offices in Herzliya, Israel revealed that two of its employees got messages two hours before the twin towers were hit on Sept. 11, warning them of the attack.

Odigo said it has been working with Israeli and American law enforcement—notably the FBI—in an effort to discover who sent the messages and from where.

Ha’aretz stated that Micha Macover, CEO of Odigo, reported the two workers who got the messages informed company management immediately after the 9-11 attacks. The company then contacted Israeli security services, which notified the FBI, Macover said.

“I have no idea why the message was sent to these two workers, who don’t know the sender,” Macover said. “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,” he added.

Odigo generally protects the privacy of its users, but in this case, it furnished law enforcement with the originating Internet address of the message so agents could track down the service provider and the actual sender of the original message.

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