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Is Disney buying MIT or was the MIT home page hacked?

Date: April 1, 1998

On April Fools Day of 1998, hackers broke into the MIT web server and changed the MIT home page to indicate that The Walt Disney Company had purchased MIT for $6.9 billion.

The hacked page contained a link fake to a press release titled Walt Disney Corporation to Acquire MIT for $6.9 Billion.

Later that day the MIT News Office issued a press release titled MIT says "Disney buys MIT" hack revealed by low price.

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