According to Tatiana Gau, Vice President of AOL Integrity
Assurance, "The June 1, 1998 riot e-mail is a hoax. The
allegations relating to the spreading of viruses and the tracking of
whom the e-mail is forwarded to are false."
The text of the message is as follows:
AOL RIOT JUNE 1, 1998
You must forward this letter to 10 people or your account will be terminated
on June 1, 1998. All recipients of this e-mail are being tracked. When you
received this, when you forwarded it, who you forwarded it to, is all on
record. We are AOL's most elite hacker group, known as LcW. We have hacked
AOL's (easily infiltrated) systems on numerous occaisions. We have shut down
AOL keywords, we can kick any AOL Staff member off for 24 hours, we have
gained access to Steve Case's account, we have created AOL's most famous
hacking programs (Fate X, HaVoK, HeLL RaIsEr, MaGeNtA) and we can certainly
get your credit card info. However, if you send this to 10 people, like you
are told, you will escape unharmed. We won't terminate your account and you
will be able to continue using AOL. So if you know whats best for you, you
will send this to 10 people as soon as possible. If you think we are
bluffing....just wait till June 1, and see if you can sign or not.
CAUTION: THERE WILL BE A VIRUS UPLOADED ON AOL'S MAIN SERVER ON JUNE 1, 1998.
ANY USERS WHO HAVEN'T FORWARDED THIS MESSAGE WILL AUTOMATICALLY HAVE THE VIRUS
DOWNLOADED INTO THEIR SYSTEM. WE SUGGEST YOU FORWARD THIS MESSAGE OR YOUR
COMPUTER WILL BE FRIED.
Because of the outrage of AOL's increasing prices, LcW has decided to create
a riot on May 1, that will cause havoc on AOL. We will be sending viruses out
to thousands of AOL users. We will be terminating accounts. We will be hacking
into Guide chat rooms and kicking guides offline. There will be no AOL Staff -
just complete pandemonium. If you want to join this riot, we urge you to! You
won't have to worry about being TOSed or Reported because there will be no
Guides online! So do whatever you want - punt, scroll, tos, just turn AOL into
a war zone!
LIST OF LcW HACKERS ON AOL
We represent LcW
The following Hackers will be co-ordinating the Riot and hacking AOL's
mainframe computer, and uploading viruses into the system.
AOL RIOT ON JUNE 1, 1998 - You have been warned
LcW is taking over America Online.
This is not no joke either.
You have been warned.