Internet Appliances / COPPA / Web Attacks
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Led by 3Com's Palm Pilot, handheld devices with Internet connectivity
began to become a reality. These devices allowed users to view news, sports,
stock quotes, weather, road conditions, and much more. They could also
purchase stock, place online bids, send and receive email, book flights,
and perform online banking, with more features arriving daily.
The United States Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) became
effective April 21, 2000, and is an act that applies to commercial web sites
and online services that collect information and could be used by children
under the age of 13. COPPA helps protect an underage child's privacy by either
restricting the child's access to the site without a parent's permission or not
allowing that child to access the page because it collects data.
A massive denial of service (DoS) attack was launched against major Web sites,
including Yahoo, Amazon, and eBay in early February. Various domain name
hijackings took place in late May and early June, including internet.com,
bali.com, and web.net.