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Windows NT server operators beware: hacker and Napster fan 'Pimpshiz' has you in his sights and is out to do some serious damage in the run up to the Napster trial, which commences tomorrow.

The hacker has been active for the last couple of weeks, defacing around 60 Web sites, including the sites of organisations and companies as diverse as the French national library (zut alors!), Honda UK, 800-Shoes The Martin Short Show and NASA (Houston, we have a security problem).

Young 'shiz has been boasting about what he's done in various Net chat rooms, but he's also emailed titbits about his exploits to ZDNet, the newsservice reports.

In the emails, the hacker claims to have used an as yet unexposed bug in Windows NT - he calls it an "obvious" hole - to access site and spray his digital graffiti across the Web. His message: to bring the story of the unjustices he believes the MP3 sharing software company has experienced at the hands of the music biz.

"I don't like what [Metallica] are doing to Napster," he emailed ZDNet. "I am doing this to get what I think is the right thing... out to more people. Maybe others who don't even use Napster (such as myself) will even realize what is going wrong here."

Metallica is suing Napster for alleged copyright infringement after discovering that users of the company's software were sharing copies of the band's tracks.

Pimpshiz' emails suggest he is planning more attacks, all of them exploiting the Windows NT bug. That said, he has been leaving Webmasters an email address so they can request details on how the hacks were performed.

Metallica's case against Napster is still in the pipeline, with lawyers awaiting the outcome of the Recording Industry Association of America's parallel copyright violation case against Napster. The RIAA case opens tomorrow in the San Francisco District Court. ®

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