The AOL List: Hacker Update (Removed)

David Cassel (
Fri, 16 Apr 1997 19:55:20 -0700 (PDT)

On April 12, the AOL List ran a story contributed by a reporter for a
major New York newspaper.  It exposed a gaping security hole in which
hackers could obtain an AOL user's credit card number if they succeeded in
obtaining the user's password.

AOL staffers immediately contacted the paper, complaining that they
hadn't meant for the information--which included quotes from security
chief Tatiana Gau--to appear on The AOL List. Under pressure from his
editor, the reporter e-mailed us and requested that the story be removed
from the archive.