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Is Disney buying MIT??

On April Fools Day of 1998, hackers broke into the MIT web server and changed the MIT home page to indicate that The Walt Disney Company had purchased MIT for $6.9 billion.

The hacked page contained a link fake to a press release titled Walt Disney Corporation to Acquire MIT for $6.9 Billion.

Later that day the MIT News Office issued a press release titled MIT says “Disney buys MIT” hack revealed by low price.

A “Free Software” Hack!!


Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 23:45:42 -0500
From: “Harley D. Eades III”
To: rms@gnu.org
Subject: Tribute to freedom.

Hello,
One late rainy night I had an idea. There is a hill on IL route 29 in Peoria IL, that people climb and write a small message across this hill for everyone to view from a far. What would be better than spreading my two most favorite words across this hill. So we set out with a little over 200 garbage bags and nearly 400 nails. 12:30am and rainy so you can figure that a hill of that size is going to be slippery (lol) nearly falling down hill with every step we start building each letter. At around 2:30am we have finished and now the sun will rise over a hill which spreads the words Free Software to every person that passes by. This is by far a vary small non-complex hack but I beleve it
is a hack in it self. This is a tribute to Free Software [and the GNU Project].

Happy Hacking
Harley D. Eades III
FSF Associate Member
Hacker

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