It was confirmed today. Saturday October 11, attackers tore through seven AOL content areas. Steve Case's monthly update, ABC's "KidZine", AOL's Jewish Community area, and even the "Lifestyles and Interests" channel found their welcome screens had been graffiti'd. Openly mocking the on-line service, the attackers left a derisive message on the "Lifestyles and Interests" channel's screen.
"That AOL security just makes AOL fun fun fun!"
This isn't the first time attackers have mocked AOL's security problems. In an attack on AOL's keyword "GameWiz", vandals left a message for AOL's Vice President of Integrity Assurance.
"What did you say about security?"
Saturday's attack is unique, however, because seven content areas appear to have been defaced simultaneously. Synchronizing seven stolen passwords would be a difficult feat. This suggests the possibility that access to a privileged, internal acco unt was obtained.
With the addition of Saturday's seven attacks, the number of AOL content areas which have fallen to attacks rises, to nearly two dozen.
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) ABC KidZine (10/11)
In addition, hackers hit AOL's Court TV area last November.