Yahoo Was Hacked


YAHOO! was down on
2/7/99 due a denial of service attack. has The

These pranks have generally targeted much
smaller sites to date. But
Yahoo\'s outage today shows that even Internet giants with
enormous networking resources are not immune from such
attacToday\'s outage illustrates vulnerabilities in the
technology supporting
Internet businesses. Yahoo attracts millions of visitors and
serves as the
gateway to many other Web sites.

A denial of service attack is increasingly becoming a common
prank. By deluging a Web site\'s equipment with too many
requests for
information, an attacker can effectively clog the system,
slowing the system or crashing the