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  • Hacker Shuts Down JPNIC Service for Two Days
  • March 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), which is responsible for issuing and managing Internet domain names in Japan, said someone hacked into its server.
    The incident happened on March 8. As it was a Sunday, no one was at work and nothing was discovered until the next morning. The target of the attack was the server for the Whois service, which allows users to enter a domain name and retrieve information managed by JPNIC. The hacker apparently broke into the server through a security hole in a common gateway interface program.

    To fix the security hole, JPNIC shut down its Whois service from the morning of March 9 until 1 p.m. on March 11.

    JPNIC announced on its Web site that a security breach had occurred, and that the hole had been plugged, after the hacker revealed the trick he had used on his own Web page.

    According to JPNIC, no files were altered and no confidential information was accessed on the server.

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)

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    Updated: Tue Mar 17 17:40:44 1998