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Internet Timeline 2000

Internet Appliances / COPPA / Web Attacks

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Internet Appliances
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.

Web Attacks
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.