Humorix Site Cracked!

Fake News written by James Baughn on Thursday, April 1, 1999

from the we-have-a-monopoly! dept.

We here at Humorix had a deviously clever prank to play this April Fool's Day. However, some weasal cracked into the Humorix server late yesterday and beat us to the punch. The cracker replaced the front page with a "Microsoft Acquires Humorix" spoof. Rest assured, Humorix World Domination, Inc. has not been acquired by any Redmond-based monopolies (yet).

Our prank was to announce that the "litigation" pending against Segfault, User Friendly, and BeDope was initiated by us. After all, now that the three sites have been shut down, Humorix has a monopoly on the low-budget, Linux humor market. It would have been the perfect hoax-within-a-hoax. Unfortunately, the Humorix staff will now just have to pick up the pieces and make devious plans for April Fool's Day in 2000.

We're still trying to figure out how the cracker compromised our server's security, but we do suspect an exploit in the Slashdot Effect Prevention Kit that we recently installed. A copy of the cracked Humorix front page has been archived for posterity.

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