[IWAR] YAHOO hacked

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Tue Dec 09 1997 - 12:36:21 PST

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    Don't buy into this one, purely a media virus. --MW
                         Hackers break into Yahoo, make demands
          Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1997 The Associated Press
       NEW YORK (December 9, 1997 2:11 p.m. EST http://www.nando.net) --
       Hackers broke into Yahoo!, the Internet's most popular site, demanding
       the release of an imprisoned comrade and threatening to unleash a
       crippling computer virus if he is not freed.
       Computer security experts were skeptical of the hackers' claim that they
       had implanted such a virus.
       The hackers, calling themselves PANTS/HAGIS, got into Yahoo!'s World
       Wide Web site Monday night, leaving a digital ransom note.
       Yahoo! is a computer directory widely used for searching the Internet.
       The note appeared briefly in place of the Yahoo! home page, preventing
       people online from using the search engine, which got 17.2 milllion
       visits in October.
       "For the past month, anyone who has viewed Yahoo's page & used their
       search engine, now has a logic bomb/worm implanted deep within their
       computer," it read. "On Christmas Day, 1998, the logic bomb part of this
       'virus' will become active, wreaking havoc upon the entire planet's
       "The virus can be stopped. But not by mortals."
       The note said an "antidote" program will be made available if hacker
       Kevin Mitnick is released. Mitnick was indicted last year on charges
       involving a multimillion-dollar crime wave in cyberspace.
       Yahoo! representatives did not immediately return calls for comment.
       Jonathan Wheat, manager of the Anti-Virus Lab at the National Computer
       Security Association, said it is at least theoretically possible to
       exploit security flaws on the Internet and implant such a virus. But he
       said he doubts this group of hackers -- already known to security
       experts -- pulled it off.
       "That's pretty much ridiculous," agreed Jamonn Campbell, an information
       security analyst at the association.
       Wheat said there was little reason to be concerned that the popular Web
       site was hacked.
       "A lot of Web sites get hacked constantly," he said. He said that while
       Yahoo! is a high-profile site and should be expected to have better
       security than most, "no site is completely hack-proof."

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