Saturday October 11, just hours after Yom Kippur drew to a close, the title bar at keyword "Jewish" changed.
"Glaze and Hex stopped by," it read.
A "hacking" spree affected seven areas, if you believed the warnings scrolled in chatrooms. A user named "JustHacked" ran through chat rooms repeating the same text, over and over again....
JustHacked: Keywords: Steve Case, AOL Live, Reebok, LSI, OnQ, Kidzine, JCOL.Obviously, a tight-lipped AOL wouldn't be confirming attacks on keywords Steve Case, AOL Live, or the Lifestyles and Interest area. But one of the remaining attacks -- on the "Jewish Community" area -- could be confirmed by calling their publisher.
On Tuesday, October 14, the official authentication came through. "Some hacker apparently got into the system," AOL Watch was told.
That makes #16. Since this spring one content area after another has fallen to invading hordes of password-stealing on-line graffiti artists. You wouldn't think a service with 9 million members wouldn't have this many breaches--but after confirming the attacks, one after another, the conclusion is inescapable. Breaking into AOL's content and changing it is child's play.
It's actually attack #17 if you count "Court TV" last November...
Watch for more details about this week's attack on the AOL Watch mailing list...
Other Recent Hacks
The Hub (3/31/97) GameWiz (4/4/97) GameWiz (Again!) (4/25/97) FTP sites of several AOL employees (4/26/97 through 4/28/97) The New York Times (4/29/97) AOL Glossary (5/9/97 through 5/23/97) Stats Store (5/17/97 through 5/19/97) Thrive (6/12/97 through 6/13/97) Kids Kicks (6/19/97 through....) Fantasy Realm 6/23/97 through....) Spin magazine (8/10/97) Digital Cities San Diego (8/16/97) Business Week (9/18/97) MoneyWhiz (9/27/97) Geraldo Rivera (10/3/97 through 10/4/97) Jewish Community (10/11)
In addition, hackers hit AOL's Court TV area last November.