AOL's Digital Cities fell to attackers Saturday.
On August 16, "Digital Cities San Diego" had new titles by its icons. "Glaze and BBQ Shitty Digital City," the first one read. "BBQ is the owner of AOL."
Thirteen content areas have been defaced on AOL -- at least. Despite AOL's claims of security, undaunted vandals struck yet again, altering content to convey a critical -- and scatological -- message. The caption below one picture left a sarcastic appraisal of AOL's defenses. "God Damn!" it read. "AOL is sooooo fucking secure."
Five days earlier, Spin magazine's AOL area was attacked. Less than four months ago, content on AOL's New York Times area was altered--and weeks earlier, attackers hit "The Hub."
The hacked content lasted nearly seven hours before AOL replaced it with its original captions. Below is a screen-shot. Click on it to see what the area looked like when AOL repaired it. (For several minutes, the window for the first advertisement remained blank.)
Below that is a table offering links to screen-shots of all thirteen attacks on AOL content areas.
U.K. Football Manager Game (5/26/00) NetNoir (again!!) (9/8/98) Chat room listing (9/6/98) Real Fans Sports Network (8/21/98) ACLU (5/18/98) Member Directory (??? through 4/10/98) Traveller's Advantage (1/26/98) NetNoir (again!) (12/29/97) NetNoir (12/9/97) Roto-Zone (10/28/97) Extreme Fans (10/28/97) PC Hardware forum (10/26/97) AOL Live (10/11/97) Reebok (10/11/97) Lifestyles channel (10/11/97) OnQ / GLCF (10/11/97) Steve Case's Update (10/11/97) ABC KidZine (10/11/97) Jewish Community (10/11/97) Geraldo Rivera (10/3/97 through 10/4/97) MoneyWhiz (9/27/97) Business Week (9/18/97) Digital Cities San Diego (8/16/97) Spin magazine (8/10/97) Academic Assistance Center 6/29/97) Fantasy Realm (6/23/97) Kids Kicks (6/19/97) Thrive (6/12/97 through 6/13/97) Stats Store (5/17/97 through 5/19/97) AOL Glossary (5/9/97 through 5/23/97) The New York Times (4/29/97) FTP sites of several AOL employees (4/26/97 through 4/28/97) GameWiz (Again!) (4/25/97) GameWiz (4/4/97) The Hub (3/31/97)
In addition, hackers hit AOL's Court TV area last November.