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AOL website hit by hacker

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A minor hack of AOL’s Postmaster website has already been fixed, but it adds another negative light on a company that is already on hard times.

On top of a particularly difficult week, AOL’s postmaster.aol.com website was hacked Saturday afternoon by someone who goes by the name “HodLuM.” The site was slightly defaced with a message from the hacker.

“AOL S3RV3RZ ROOT3D BY HODLUM LOLZ!,” the message read.

AOL finally discovered the hack, and fixed the page between two and four hours after evidence of the breach was posted to Reddit.com.

There are a number of reasons this hack looks bad for AOL. First of all, someone got into AOL’s servers, which is bad enough. Second, HodLuM likely has a sense of humor, as the HTML file used to deface the webpage appears to have been written in Microsoft Word — a sign that the cyber-security experts at AOL weren’t exactly doing their job up to par. Third, the ALL CAPS LEETSPEEK used by HodLuM suggests he or she is probably around 13-years-old.

via AOL website hit by hacker.


Written by edparnell

August 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Posted in Tech

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