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''Whole economies'' will perish in a cyber-attack by 2012
Mystic seer: Vesselin Bontchev, developer, FRISK Software
Announced: September 2002 at the Virus Bulletin Conference Prediction: a devastating Internet attack "can happen; it is likely to happen; it will happen... It may be sufficient to take down whole economies. And it will happen in the next 5-10 years."
''An electronic Pearl Harbor will happn'' by 2007
Mystic seer: David Lacey, director of information security for Royal Mail Group
Announced: March 2005 at an annual Business Continuity Expo in London
Prediction: "An electronic Pearl Harbor-type event will happen in 2006 or 2007. I do stand by that..."
Email is doomed by 2008
Mystic seer: Mark Sunner, CTO, MessageLabs
Announced: September 2001 in a press release
Prediction: predicted the Internet will die of a wasting disease by 2008. "Believe the hype," he declared. "The Internet could become unusable as a means of communication if the rate of email virus outbreaks continues to escalate. The volume of infected mail circulating could become so great that people without sufficient protection will simply stop using email..."
End-of-the-Internet predictions that flopped
An archive of hysterical end-of-the-Internet predictions that thankfully never came to pass...

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