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Random thoughts about the Yahoo! hack

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Friday, 19 December 1997 RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT the Yahoo! hack:
  1. Yahoo! apparently didn't highlight the "urban legends/computer viruses" category on their default search pages after the hack. So much for giving people a useful reality check...
  2. It sounds like the perpetrators hacked first and then decided what to do. "We got in! Um, now what?" This means Yahoo! got off easy. Let's face it: the DoJ/CIA hacks showed better planning.
  3. How would you feel if the whole world knew you by reputation — but didn't know you by name? Now you know how the Yahoo! perpetrators must feel right now. (Read this.)
  4. The perpetrator(s) claim a virus antidote resides on a computer somewhere in the "southeastern hemisphere." Can you point out this area on a globe? (Hint: this is a trick question, courtesy of Jimmy Kuo at Network Associates.)