"More Security Problems."
That's what the title bar said at keyword "AOL Live" on October 11. Usually, its title bar reads "AOL Live!" Something was clearly wrong...
Further down were the standard set of icons -- "Live!" "Coming Attractions!" and "What's Hot!" But the attackers supplied their own answer.
"Glaze and Hex are hot."
It was one of seven attacks Saturday night. As AOL users chatted, a mysterious figure scrolled the following message through the chat rooms...
JustHacked: Keywords: Steve Case, AOL Live, Reebok, LSI, OnQ, Kidzine, JCOL
A fter ten days of research, AOL Watch has confirmed JustHacked's boast. All seven attacks have been confirmed. They keywords correspond to Steve Case's community update, AOL Live, Reebok, Lifestyles & Interests Channel, OnQ, ABC's KidZine, and AOL's Jewish Community Online area. Screen-shots on AOL Watch capture the extent of the changes to AOL's original content. At least 22 content areas have had their security compromised since this spring...
Other Recent Attacks
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.