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AOpen Inc, which unwittingly hosted hardcore pornographic material on one of its FTP servers, was the victim of a cracker, The Register has learnt. An initial investigation into the incident by the giant computer peripherals company has ruled out any notion that the XXX material was put there by someone from within the company. The only other explanation is that the password protecting the server was published somewhere -- or it was cracked, said a spokeswoman for AOpen. If this is confirmed once a full investigation has been completed it means that AOpen's name can be added to a growing list of victims targeted by cyberterrorists on the Net. Although this incident is embarrassing for AOpen, at least valuable commercial information was not compromised. Recently NASDAQ's site was trashed and it was feared that the hackers had even gained access to its core systems. AOpen has since has carried out an audit to see whether any of its other servers were compromised and has confirmed that this was an isolated incident. Elsewhere, it's been reported that the former top executive at Infoseek in charge of Disney's Web sites has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to solicit sex over the Net with a 13-year-old girl. Thirty-four-year-old Patrick Naughton, who was sacked last month after he was arrested by the FBI, told a court in Los Angeles that he would prove his innocence. ®

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