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.
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 application.
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