- 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
- 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.