Originally created 12/10/97

Hackers break into Yahoo



NEW YORK -- Hackers broke into Yahoo!, the Internet's most popular site, demanding the release of an imprisoned comrade and threatening to unleash a crippling computer virus if he is not freed.

Computer security experts were skeptical of the hackers' claim that they had implanted such a virus.

The hackers, calling themselves PANTS/HAGIS, got into Yahoo!'s World Wide Web site Monday night, leaving a digital ransom note.

Yahoo! is a computer directory widely used for searching the Internet. The note appeared briefly in place of the Yahoo! home page, preventing people



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