USATODAY.com hacked

Written by Adrian Holovaty on July 12, 2002

USATODAY.com reports hackers "penetrated the site and vandalized the homefront" late last night. Ananova reports bogus stories appeared on the site's home page. Matt Drudge reports the bogus stories included "Bush proposes another new Cabinet post," "Opps says the Pope; Christianity a Sham!" and "Donald Rumsfeld: An American Beauty?"

USATODAY.com was taken offline and restored a few hours later, according to the note on its Web site.

Comments

Posted by Rob on July 12, 2002, at 10:44 a.m.:

The "homefront"? That's a weird amalgamation.

Posted by Chris Heisel on July 12, 2002, at 11:43 a.m.:

While I certainly don't condone malicious hacking, I at least hope the culprit had the courtesy to give the site a better design...

Posted by Adrian Holovaty on July 12, 2002, at 12:56 p.m.:

Ha! What's really amusing is that USATODAY.com won an EPpy for Best Design of a Newspaper Online Service.

Posted by Adrian Holovaty on July 12, 2002, at 2:51 p.m.:

Here's an update from AP (via Yahoo News), complete with comments from the company spokesman.

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