One would imagine that the folks working for NetNoir would grow in knowledge a bit, after being compromised and vandalized twice last year, both instances occurring within about thirty days... Well, apparently, they have not gained any wisdom at all, as the events that unfolded about year ago repeat themselves today.

That's the message that appeared on AOL's NetNoir area September 8. (In December of 1997, the content area was hit twice -- once on December 9 and again on December 29.)

"Spin, Hex, and TBB" have breached other AOL content areas. On August 21, the same names appeared in an attack on AOL's "Real Fans" area. ("TBB, Spin, and Hex are all 'Real Fans' of AOL vandalism," the new text read...)

That area had also been struck multiple times -- suggesting a disturbing inability to prevent the attacks. In fact, "It's fairly common that there are several cases like this every month," AOL's "Vice President of Integrity Assurance" told the New York Times. (The Times had also been hacked.)

If this continues, AOL subscribers may ultimately come to agree with Spin, Hex, and TBB. "It seems that those who wish to stop this from happening have no power whatsoever over the situation."

Other Recent Attacks

U.K. Football Manager Game
NetNoir (again!!)
Chat room listing
Real Fans Sports Network
Member Directory
(??? through 4/10/98)
Traveller's Advantage
NetNoir (again!)
Extreme Fans
PC Hardware forum
AOL Live
Lifestyles channel
Steve Case's Update
ABC KidZine
Jewish Community
Geraldo Rivera(10/3/97 through 10/4/97)
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 in November of 1996.