FBI Warns U.S. Kids in E-Mail Pen Pal Program: ‘Trust but Verify’ – from Tampa Bay Online FBI Warns U.S. Kids in E-Mail Pen Pal Program: ‘Trust but Verify’

The Associated Press

Published: Dec 20, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is encouraging American students to exchange e-mails with young pen pals in Islamic countries – but the FBI has a warning for school kids because of fears about hackers and Internet security: “Trust but verify.”

The FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center warned teachers and parents on Thursday to make sure that American children in the program are following security practices such as using antivirus software and guarding against suspicious files sent by e-mail.

The FBI agreed that the program, which President Bush predicted will “enable boys and girls all across America to reach out to boys and girls all across the world,” has “excellent potential” to bridge cultures between America and Bahrain, Pakistan and Egypt.

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Wonder if John Walker had an Islamic PenPal? Just curious.

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