A recent history of high-profile hacks:
February: Internet keyword service RealNames warns its users that its customer
database has been hacked, and that credit card numbers and passwords may
have been accessed.
February: A string of unprecedented attacks
temporarily black out several of the largest e-commerce and portal sites.
Authorities probing the source of the attacks on Yahoo, eBay, CNN.com and
other Web sites pursue leads that point to schools including the
University of California at Santa Barbara.
March: An internal prototype of Microsoft's future consumer operating
system, code-named Whistler, is posted online.
April: A later test version of Whistler is leaked onto the Internet.
June: America Online says that
hackers illegally compromised member accounts by means of email attachments
sent to AOL employees.
September: A hacker defaces the
Web sites of NASA and the Communications Workers of America, among others,
with pro-Napster messages. The pranks came after a court ruling that could
have forced online music service MP3.com to pay hundreds of millions of
dollars in damages for copyright infringement.
October: Microsoft enlists the
help of the FBI after a hacker succeeds in breaking into the company's