Britain is extending its offensive against Serbia's President Milosevic using the Internet.
Defence secretary Robin Cook said today the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website has been translated into Serbian, to give people in Yugoslavia what he descibed as "the truth" about events in the war torn region.
"We're going to increase the propaganda war," said Cook, speaking at the MoD this morning. "We've made two Websites available to the Serb people."
Later today, Cook will use the MoD site to send a personal message, in Serbian, to the people of Serbia, "explaining what the truth is behind Milosevic's atrocities in Kosovo."
"The Serbian state media is controlled by Milosevic - his daughter is chief editor of one of Belgrade's major radio stations," Cook said.
"The people of Serbia want to know the truth denied to them by Milosevic. One of the ways we are trying to get the truth through to the Serbian people is via the Internet," he added.
Around one per cent of the the MoD's 150,000 daily visitors this week have been from within Serbia.
Meanwhile, NATO's website has been temporarily blasted off the Internet, believed to be the work of Serbian computer hackers.
Email bombardment and denial of service attacks - sending endless strings of bouncing IP packets - have clogged the organisation's email system and prevented access to its website.
Separately, independent Serbian radio station B92, forced onto the Internet by the crisis, denied reports that it had been targetted by hackers. The site is currently getting around 200,000 visitors a day from across the world.(see Newswire 26 March)
"We've had no problems," said Maurice Wessling, spokesman for XS4ALL, the Dutch ISP hosting the station. "In general we don't get any hate mail."
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