AOHell was a Visual Basic
program written by Da Chronic
in the early 90's
. It was supposed to expose security holes
. Though a lot of it just automatically spam
med chat rooms
with elaborate ASCII
drawings, it did have some features that gave AOL a headache
. Among them was an automatic Phish
er, which would IM many people at once pretending you worked for AOL and needed their password
reasons. This combined with a lot of newbies
to the online world led to many stolen accounts. This doesn't seem so bad today, but this was back then AOL charged by the hour
. Imagine script kiddies
, except they don't even need the technical knowlege to get on IRC.
AOHell could also automatically generate a fake account with random credit card numbers. It also let you download and chat without being charged for time spent online. Ironically, AOL would later use these ideas themselves.