Giving AOL Hell
In their continuing fight to expose alleged security holes in
America Online's Internet service, three high school students,
who wish to remain anonymous, are aggressively seeking out users
to post their pages on mirror sites. According to the page's
publishers, AOL has been threatening their host server with
"false legal claims" to choke the truth and have their site
shutdown. What's the truth? "There are holes that allow access
to e-mail and other accounts in the system," says one of the
AOL spokespersons could not confirm or deny the charges posted
on the students' Web site at press time, but did comment that
AOL, like any other network serivce provider, is concerned about
security issues and is always working to make America Online
more dependable. As for the legal claims, Johnson says that
they may be true if the students are posting trademarked America
Online images on their site.
To read more about the ongoing dispute, from the students'
perspective only, link over to http://www.online-security.com
From the June month's issue of Internet Underground
From last month's "Internet Underground Insider"...
The Buddy System
You may not have signed up for it, but if you're an America
Online user, chances are you're on the Buddy List. The AOL feature allows users to track the movements of other users on
the service. Strangely, the Buddy List is an active preference
and has to be disabled at keyword: Buddy.