The government and private technology experts are warning web site operators that hackers plan to attack thousands of web sites Sunday in a loosely coordinated "contest" that could disrupt internet traffic.

Organizers established a web site, defacers-challenge.com, listing in broken English the rules for hackers who might participate. The web site appeared to operate out of California and cautioned to "deface its crime"—an apparent acknowledgment that vandalizing internet pages is illegal.

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it was aware of the hackers' plans but did not expect

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