Has Cyberterrorism begun? Was the White House hacked?

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Was the White House hacked? By Staff 05/11/99 08:56:00 PM

http://www.excite.com/computers_and_internet/tech_news/zdnet/?article= /news/19990511/2257708.inp

The president's Web site shuts down following hack attack.

WASHINGTON -- Whitehouse.gov was shut down Tuesday for a review to determine whether hackers who tried to tamper with the site compromised President Clinton's official Web site.

White House spokesman Barry Toiv said the site was shut down for 24 hours beginning late Monday. "We have it down for about a 24-hour period in order to do an administrative review to make sure it has not been compromised. There were attempts to get at the system from the outside,'' Toiv said. He said attempts were made Monday morning to hack into the system. He did not know who might be responsible.

Tuesday's unprecedented shutdown of whitehouse.gov comes after NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade spurred a series of hacking incidents on U.S. government sites over the weekend.

Series of hack attacks

Hackers struck the Web site of the U.S. Department of the Interior, replacing the graphics on its home page with photos of three of the Chinese nationals who were apparently killed in the errant bombing, as well a photo of protesters carrying a banner with the words "U.S. Killer" on it.

According to a report by ABCNEWS.com, hackers altered the official Web site of the U.S. embassy in China Saturday, then struck the sites of the departments of Energy and the Interior on Sunday.

The Energy Department site read "Protest USA's Nazi action," ABCNEWS.com said. As of late Sunday evening, the DOE's home page appeared to be down, its servers failing to yield a connection.

Meanwhile, hackers also created their own Web site at killusa.abc.yesite.com, which carried hundreds of messages of protest as well as entries calling for an organized effort to hack other sites, including NATO's.

One message encouraged attempts to bring NATO's e-mail server down and solicited information on bugs in the Solaris operating system on which the message said the server runs.

ABCNEWS.com also reported an attempt to attack the official White House site. It also cited several messages on Chinese Web sites and message boards in China claiming that Chinese protestors were responsible for the actions.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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-- Michael Taylor (mtdesign3@aol.com), May 11, 1999


Also see this article...

http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/kosovo_chinacyber_9 90509.html

"Protests Reach Cyberspace"

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), May 11, 1999.

The White House system shut down because of the need to increase its disc capacity. It just couldn't hold another of Klinton's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 lies. They are installing 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of the biggest drives that IBM makes.

-- Mr. Adequate (mr@adequate.com), May 11, 1999.

anybody try to check out the http://www.killusa.abc.yesite.com site referenced in the article? curious karen (I'd like to see what they were trying to do)....

-- karen (karen@karen.karen), May 12, 1999.

And the internet's global.



-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), May 12, 1999.

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